MARSH, Clifford Gordon

No.2811, Private, Clifford Gordon MARSH
Aged 18

13th (County of London)Battalion (Kensington), London Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 15th May 1915

Clifford Gordon Marsh was born Weston Colville (Linton Q3-1896 3B:512), son of Thomas and Lilian MARSH (née BACKLER). His mother was the step-daughter of Charles SPICER a tailor's cutter of Haverhill.

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Green Farm, Weston Colville with his father Thomas MARSH [36] farmer; his mother Lily [28] born Haverhill; brother Kenneth [3]. All except his mother were born in Weston Colville.

1911 census...Aged 14, a draper's clerk, he was boarding at 334/348 Oxford Street, London. His parents were still at Green Farm with his brother Kenneth.

His connection with Helions Bumpstead has not been found, but the newspaper cutting (part copied below) explains his burial in Haverhill and commemoration in Coggeshall.

He enlisted in Kensington, when resident at Cavendish Square, about October 1914. He died in No 1, London General Hospital, Camberwell from wounds received in action. As his Service records are not found, it is impossible to say where or when he was wounded. The battalion had seen heavy action on the 9th near Fromelles, losing so many men that a composite battalion had to be formed afterwards. This could possibly have been the scene of Clifford's wounding

thanks to Ian Westrope for the above images

Clifford Marsh is buried in Haverhill Cemetery, grave S:13
also commemorated on the war memorial in Weston Colville and in Coggeshall

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