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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
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Hyson Green Nottingham
He was born about 1887, the son of William and Hannah Maria Marriott. William and Hannah had married in Nottingham in 1875 (registered Jan/Feb/Mar). By the time of the 1911 Census they had been married for 36 years and had had eight children born alive of whom seven were still living. In 1891 William (36), a blacksmith, and Hannah (35), were living at 20 Hawksley Road, Hyson Green, with their six children; Gertrude (13), William (11), John Harold (8), Harry (5), Emma (3) and Percy (1). Also in the household was William's widowed father, also named William (71). They were still at the same address in 1901 but William was now described as an iron planer. There were seven children in the household; Gertrude, William, John, Harry, Emma, Percy and Horace Joshua (8). Harry joined the army four years later in 1905 and when he was discharged in 1913 he gave his intended residence as the family home at 20 Hawksley Road. On 5 April 1919 his widowed mother completed a form for the army listing her son's living relatives - herself and Harry's six surviving siblings. Hannah was still living at 20 Hawksley Road together with two of her children, Emma (31) and Horace (26). Of the other four children, William (39) was living at 5 Lucia Terrace, Hyson Green; John Harold (36) was in HM Forces; Percy (29) was at 77 Prospect Road, Heeley, Sheffield, and Gertrude (41) was married (Maserey) and living at 9 Fenton Street, Brierley Hill, Staffs. Hannah signed the form with her mark and the document was witnessed by the local vicar.
In 1901 he was a van driver. He was in the 1st Bn Notts Rifle Volunteers and joined the Army (KRRC) on 8 February 1905, transferring to the Army Reserve in 1913. He was probably then employed by John Player and Sons. He was mobilized on the outbreak of war.
23 Oct 1914
29
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Rifleman
2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Harry was in the 1st Bn Notts Rifle Volunteers. He attested on 8 February 1905 at the age of 18y. 11m. and joined the King's Royal Rifle Corps the following day on a Short Service Attestation (3 years with the Colours, 9 years in Reserve). He served with the 4th Battalion from 1 June 1905 and the 2nd Battalion from 8 January 1907. He rejoined the 4th Battalion on 21 December 1909 and may then have gone to India as at the time of the 1911 (Military) Census he was serving with the 4th Battalion in India. His Regimental Conduct Sheet records one misdemeanour which occurred while he was serving in India: Rawalpindi, 4 December 1911, (1) Drunk in barracks about 9.40pm (2) Making an improper remark to an NCO (punishment illegible). He extended his service and was not discharged until 6 March 1913 at the age of 27. He transferred to the Army Reserve having completed 8 years 27 days service. His service document was annotated, ‘Transferred to Army Reserve on the expiration of his Army Service. Brought home prematurely from ‘India’ under authority of War Office letter No 115 A.R. General No/876 (A.G.2.b.) dated 6/6/1912’. As a reservist he would have been mobilized on the outbreak of war and he served in France from 30 August 1914. He died of wounds on 23 October 1914 and is buried in Poperinghe Old Military Cemetery (grave ref I. L. 5). His total army service to 23 October 1914 was 9 years 258 days. He qualified for the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Obituary published 19th November 1914 in the Nottingham Evening Post “MARRIOTT. — Killed in action, October 23rd Rifleman Harry Marriott, aged 29 years, 2nd King's Royal Rifles, the beloved son of William and Hannah Marriott, 20, Hawksley-road, Hyson Green. Done his duty.” In memoriam published 23rd October 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory of our dear son, Rifleman Harry Marriott, 2nd K.R.R., killed in action October 23rd, 1914. Gone from our home, but never from our hearts. — Father and mother. “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory of our dear brother, Rifleman Harry Marriott, 2nd K.R.R., killed in action October 23rd, 1914. Ever in our thoughts. — Jack, Pem, Horace. “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory of our dear brother, Rifleman Harry Marriott, killed in action, October 23rd, 1914. Memories ever linger, and sadly missed. — Will and Pollie.” In memoriam published 23rd October 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory of our dear son, Rflmn. Harry Marriott, killed in action, October 23rd, 1914. Sadly missed by father, mother, and sister Gertie. “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory Harry Marriott, killed October 23rd. Duty nobly done. —Fondly remembered brother Percy, sister-in-law Kate, and niece (Sheffield). “MARRIOTT. — In loving remembrance Rflmn. Harry Marriott, K.R.R., killed October 23rd, 1914. — Fondly remembered by sister Penn and brothers Jack and Horace (with the colours). “MARRIOTT. — In loving memory Rflmn. Harry Marriott, K.R.R., killed October 23rd, 1914. A loving brother, a faithful friend, one of the best that God could send. — Brother Will, Pollie, and Willie.” Above notices are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Hucknall Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Soldiers’ Effects Register: Will in favour of his mother, Hannah, who was his sole legatee
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Harry Marriott - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking his grave at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of Murray Biddle