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Hendon, Middlesex, London
Herbert Marson was the eldest son of Henry and Mary Ann Marson (née Foster), Mary Ann was a native of Codnor, Derbyshire and Henry was a maltster from Thurgarton, Notts. Although they married in 1891 in Nottingham, Herbert was born a year later in Hendon, London on 3rd October 1892. The couple moved back to the Nottinghamshire area where Edward was born in 1896 at Farnsfield Notts, Catherine born 1898 at Mansfield and Fanny born 1901 Newark. In 1911 Herbert had left the family home and was working as a farm labourer on Henry Peck’s farm, at Black Hills, Ollerton, Notts and by 1912 had joined the Royal Navy. His parents later moved to Cuckney where they resided at Malt Kiln Row, Cuckney.
22 Sep 1914
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Stoker 1st Class
HMS Aboukir Royal Navy
Herbert enlisted in the Royal Navy on 11th April 1912, signing for 12 years. He went through land based training, and was posted to HMS Aboukir on Aug 1st 1914. On September 22nd 1914, Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue were all torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U9. 527 of Abourkir’s compliment died including Herbert Marson. As his body was never recovered he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial EASTWOOD & KIMBERLEY ADVERTISER 9th OCTOBER 1914 Among the missing men from the crew of H.M.S. Aboukir, which sank after being torpedoed in the North Sea, is Stoker Herbert Marson, 22 a native of Codnor. The young man was well known and respected in the village, where after being a scholar of Mill Lane schools, he joined the Navy at the age of 17. Prior to being attached to the crew of the ill-fated Aboukir he served on H.M.S. Vernon. His Codnor relatives were doubtful as to his fate, but such doubt was dismissed when the name appeared in the list issued by the Admiralty on Monday last stating that "in the absence of any evidence to the contrary it is feared that they must be regarded as having lost their lives.
CWG additional information:- Son of Henry Marson, of Malt Kiln Row, Cuckney, Mansfield. His name is also recorded on the Codnor and Loscoe War Memorial Research by Colin Dannatt
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