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Conflict Commemorated:WWI


First Name:Ernest

Date of Birth:10/01/1885

Age At Death:32



Service Number:781170

Regiment/ Service:Canadian Infantry

Unit:46th Battalion

Date of Death:26/10/1917

Cause of Death:Killed in Action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

Panel/ Bay/ Grave:28

UK Memorials:Newton on Trent

Next of Kin:Son of Emma Marshall of Newton-on-Trent

Biographical Notes:THE SAD NEWS reached Mr. T. Marshall, of this village that her youngest son Ernest was killed in action on October 26th. Everyone was sorry to hear the news, the deceased soldier having been born in the village. He was in Canada when the war broke out, and joined up in August 1916, his training as a signaller being completed in England. He was drafted to France in May, this year. Mrs. Marshall, the widow, has received the following letter from her husband's chaplain "Canadian Infantry Battalion. Dear Mrs Marshall You have doubtless received official notification of the death of your husband, Pte. E. Marshall. 781170, which occurred while in action on the 26th October 1917, but as Chaplain of the Battalion, I felt that I must send you a brief note expressing the heartfelt sympathy of all his comrades, both officers and men, in the great loss you have sustained. He was a good soldier and a faithful comrade, and we all fell his loss most keenly. He met a soldiers death while courageously carrying out his duty on the front line of battle, with his face to the foe, and you, with us, have every reason to feel intensely proud of his record. Assuring you of my willingness to be of any possible service to you, and of my deepest personal sympathy." A memorial service was held at Church on Sunday last, when the Vicar, the Rev. S. M. Stables, spoke very feelingly of the deceased soldier who was an old chorister and Sunday School scholar. Lincolnshire Chronicle Newton-on-Trent, 24 November 1917, page 2 Attested 2ND August 1915, Moose Jaw, Sask as 104843 68th Bn, Born Newton-on-Trent, 10 January 1885, n.o.k. given as Emma Marshall, Mother of Newton-on-Trent., occupation Grocer. Transferred to 128th Bn, 781170, 19 November 1915. Embarked Halifax 15 August 1916, Arrived Liverpool, England "SS Grampian"24 August 1916. Promoted Lance Corporal at Whitley 24 August 1916. Transferred to 26th Bn and reverts to ranks on proceeding to France23 May 1917. Granted permission to marry 10 January 1917 (14 February 1917) Wife Mrs Sarah Marshall, Wesleyan School House, Outlane, Huddersfield, England Canadian Army Records. Ernest Marshall married Sarah Gee, in the 1st Qtr 1917, in the Huddersfield R.D. England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005 MARRIAGE - Lance Corpl. Ernest Marshall, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Marshall, was home on a few days' leave last week, looking remarkably fit and well. He took the opportunity of getting married during his leave, the bride being Miss Gee, of Huddersfield, where the marriage took place. The bridegroom, who is in the signalling section of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, having come over from Moose Jaw, Canada, expects shortly to be drafted to France. Lincolnshire Chronicle Newton-on-Trent, 20 January 1917, page 2.

Sources Used:Lincolnshire Chronicle Newton-on-Trent, 24 November 1917, page 2. Canadian Army Records. England & Wales Marriages 1837-2005. Lincolnshire Chronicle Newton-on-Trent, 20 January 1917, page 2

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