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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France.
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Brierley Hill Staffordshire
He lived at 22 Brownlow Road with his mother (unnamed on the 1911 Census)
He was a miner
04 Nov 1916
30
180557 - CWGC Website
PO91(S)
Private
Royal Marine Bn Royal Naval Division Royal Marine Light Infantry
2nd Bn Mallen was on of 'Kitchener's Marines' who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the RMLI. Des Turner notes '600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters 200 who were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1 to CH/200(S).'
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France.
Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Joseph Frederick Mallen - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray Biddle