MARSHALL, Henry Grimwood (actually GRIMWOOD, Henry Marshall)

No.43735, Sergeant, Henry Grimwood MARSHALL
Aged 25

7th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment
formerly 7829, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Friday, 30th November 1917

Born Henry Marshall GRIMWOOD, in Bury St.Edmunds (3rd qtr 1892 4a:751) son of Louisa GRIMWOOD. His mother married William MARSHALL in Bury St.Edmunds in 1894.

1901 census...Aged 8, he was Henry GRIMWOOD, at 36 Prospect Row, Bury St.Edmunds with his father William MARSHALL [48] married, horsekeeper born Eye. His mother has not been found in this census.

1911 census...Aged 18, he is now Henry MARSHALL, a soldier in the Suffolk Regiment, at 36 Prospect Row with his father William MARSHALL [53] [sic] farm labourer, his mother Louisa MARSHALL [51] born Sicklesmere; sisters Elizabeth Rosa [15] and Florence [13]. His mother had lost one child. He also appears to be entered in the census as aged 20, a private in the 2nd battalion, Suffolk Regiment at Barrosa Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot

His father appears to have died in 1916. His sisters Elizabeth and Florence were named as his legatees.

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds in the Suffolk Regiment around the 6th January 1909.

On 30th November 1917 the 7th Norfolks were SW of Cambrai in the Gonnelieu/Banteaux area. The actual war diary for November was lost in this German counter-attack, but an account was recorded later.
" About 7am a very heavy Hun barrage commenced, and at about 7:40 am he attacked en masse, in enormous numbers from GONNELIEU,which he had just previously taken, and also from BANTEAU. The Boche attacked the battalion from the right flank and from the front. Our Lewis gunners did splendid work, mowing down the enemy in large numbers, but by weight of numbers, he forced the battalion to fall back on the Battalion HQ in BLEAK TRENCH and a strong point on our left front.. The Hun succeeded in surrounding many of our men, who were thereby forced to surrender. We made a splendid fight and accounted for enormous numbers of the enemy. About 10 am 2nd Lieut G Maddison was the only officer left and he, with the remaining men of the battalion attached himself to the 9th Fusiliers. Our casualties were as follows (list of officers)....2 officers killed, 8 wounded, 5 wounded and missing, 1 missing - ORs 27 killed, 89 wounded, 204 missing, 13 wounded and missing."

CWGC has a total 77 of the 7th Norfolks killed.

Henry Marshall is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial. Louverval, France panel 4

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