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Lower Cudworth Yorkshire
John was born in 1897 at Lower Cudworth, and was the son of Thomas a railway signalman and Mary Marshall, his father Thomas had been born in 1867 in Alstone, Gloucestershire and his mother born 1870 in Market Raisen, Lincolnshire, they were married c1893 and went on to have 6 children , sadly one died in infancy prior to the 1911 census, their children were Lilly b1893 Upper Cudworth, Thomas Abbott b1895 Upper Cudworth, John Willie b1897 Lower Cudworth, Olive Mary b1898 Bristol, Evy b1900 Mansfield Woodhouse and Rowland b1903 Kirkby in Ashfield. In the 1911 census the family are living at 43 Park Street Kirkby in Ashfield, and are shown as Thomas 44 yrs railway signalman, living with his wife Mary 41 yrs and their children , Thomas 16 yrs , John Willie 14 yrs, Oliver Mary 13 yrs , Evy 11 yrs and Rowland 8 yrs. At the time of his death his father was living at 5 Spencer Street, Huthwaite
He worked in a coal bagging business and at Hickingwood Farm at Clowne, Derbyshire prior to his enlistment.
18 Jul 1918
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M Special Coy Royal Engineers
John enlisted in November 1916 at Clown, Derbyshire, he went to France following 3 months of training. He served in the Gas Company of the Royal Engineers. On Thursday 18th July 1918 he was killed in action by shell shrapnel and was buried in Gonnehem British Cemetery, France.
Notts Free Press - Undated: - Huthwaite soldier killed News has been received of the death in action of Pioneer John Wm. Marshall, 214350, Gas Company, R.E. His father lives at 5, Sherwood Street, Huthwaite, and has been a signalman for 18 years in charge of the Great Central box at the New Hucknall Colliery sidings. The deceased soldier was 22 years of age. He voluntarily enlisted in November, 1916, being blind in one eye, and was at that time working at Hickingwood Farm, Clowne, Derbyshire. He volunteered for service abroad, and was sent to France after three months training. Letters from his Sergeant and Second Lieutenant state that he was instantaneously killed by fragments of shell in action on the 18th. July. He was in Huthwaite last just before Christmas. An elder brother has been over two years in the R.G.A. in France. The following letters have been received:- "It is with the greatest regret that I find it necessary to write to you at this time on account of the death of your boy John, which occurred on the afternoon of Thursday, the 18th. July. On behalf of the section and myself let me offer to you and all your family our very deepest sympathy with you at this time of great bereavement. Without a doubt we shall miss Jack very much, but for you the burden must be well nigh unbearable. Since Jack joined our company in November, 1916, he has always been in our section, and as his Sergeant I cannot do otherwise than speak in the very highest terms of his work. He was truly a splendid soldier, but over and above that he was an excellent friend. All in the section - yes, I can with safety say, all in the Company - were fond of him. Coming as I do from a farm I could easily see that Jack was always interested in his civil life occupation, and I feel sure that agricultural interests have also lost a keen enthusiast. If it bears any consolation I am glad to say that at the end Jack did not suffer in any way. Two small pieces of shell entered his breast and death was instantaneous. I regret that I was unable to be present personally at his burial, but assisted in having him carried out of the line, and can assure you that his interment was conducted with the most religious ceremony possible in a forward area. The actual spot of the grave I cannot tell you because of the exigencies of the military censorship, but it will be communicated to you in due course. Great as your trial is I trust all his relatives will be given strength to say "Thy will, O Lord, be done", and may our Saviour, the Prince of Peace, the Comforter, bring peace to your minds and comfort to your broken hearts. Believe me, all our hearts yearn for you in sympathy at this time.- Sergeant William Barr, R.E." "It is with the deepest regret that I have to announce to you the death of your son, 214350, Pioneer J. W. Marshall, in action on the afternoon of the 18th. July. It may be some consolation to you to know that death was instantaneous, a piece of shell passing through his heart. Your son was very popular in his section, and I can fully sympathise with you in your loss, for I have also lost a good, straight forward and diligent worker. He had been brought to my notice for his good work and he will be a great loss to the section. Please accept my deepest sympathy, and if there is anything further I can do for you I shall be only too pleased. P.S.- Your son's belongings will be sent to you in a few days. - A.C. Nicol, 2nd. Lieut., R.E."
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