26651, Private, Glen MARSHALL
Aged 40


7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Wednesday 9th August 1916

Born Bertie Glenister WADE,in Q1-1876 [Newmarket 3b:576] in Ashley, Cambs, the son of Harriet WADE who married Henry MARSHALL in Q1-1876.

1881 census...Bertie [5] (recorded as 'wife's son) was at 5 Adlard's Cottages, Granby Street, Newmarket with his step father Henry MARSHALL [38], a stableman born in Newmarket; his mother Harriet [27] born Ashley, and three half sisters, Harriet E.[4]; Jessie [2] and an un-named [1 month], all born in Newmarket.

1891 census...Bertie Glenister MARSHALL [15] a wine merchant's assistant was with his parents and half-brother/sisters, Harriet Elizabeth; Jessie; Florence; Kate[8]; Nellie [6]; Ethel Rose [4]; and Alfred H [2 months] (all born in Newmarket) at 6 Hatley Cottages, Granby Street, Newmarket.

1901 census...Bertie [25] now a painter was at Granby Street with parents and half sister Florence and half brother Alfred.

1911 census...Now recorded as Glenister MARSHALL [35] still single, a housepainter, he was at 1 Mineral Cottages, Granby Street, Newmarket with parents and half brother Alfred, a newsagent.


He enlisted in Newmarket. In the August of 1916 the Pozi&eagrave;res area witnessed the severest fighting as British and Australian troops pushed doggedly towards Thiepval along the route of the old German Second Line. A series of parallel trench lines was pushed out from Pozières towards Thiepval and by the 8th August 7th Suffolks and other troops of 12th (Eastern) Division occupied the fifth line of trenches – Fifth Avenue or Ration Trench. Here they were subjected to repeated and fierce German flammenwerfer (flamethrowers)and bomb attacks, the War Diary reporting.. “ 2am - Hostile fire becomes very intense and enemy assaulted Ration Trench unsuccessfully. 5am - Attack renewed and about 70 yards of Ration Trench captured by the enemy”. Later that evening and on into the early hours of the next morning the trench was retaken, the Regimental History recording ..... “Capt Isham’s company attacked with great dash and gained an additional two hundred yards.”

The Suffolks lost 52 men killed on 9th August 1916, of which only 8 have known graves, the rest are named on the Thiepval Memorial
Other 7th Battalion lads from Newmarket killed this day were James Fordham and Arthur Nash







No known grave - Glen is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France- Ref: pier and face 1C and 2A


click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details


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