MARSH, James

No.201992, Private, James MARSH
Aged 19

4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly No 5181, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Sunday, 4th March 1917

James Marsh was born in Great Bradley on 12th May 1897 (Risbridge Q2-1897 4A:744) , son of James and Kate MARSH (née RAWLINSON).

1901 census...Aged 4, he was at Waterfield Road, Great Bradley with his father James MARSH [35] shepherd; his mother Kate [26] born Great Thurlow and sister Elizabeth [1]. All except his mother were born in Great Bradley.

He was admitted/re-admitted to Great Bradley Voluntary School on 1st December 1908 and left on reaching 13 years of age.

1911 census...Aged 13, a back house boy, he was at Great Bradley with his parents and sister Elizabeth.

He enlisted in Whepstead. The Soldiers Personal Effects entry for #5181 has father as Walter J .
The Battalion was in trenches in the Clery area. War Diary:- 4th March - Division on our left delivered an attack, and a smoke cloud and rockets were put up from our trenches which drew some hostile fire which did very little damage. Relieved by 4th Kings Liverpool Regt in the evening. Relief started 7:30 pm and was complete by 10:30. We went into support at HOWITZER WOOD, reaching there about 12:15 am. Casualties 1 OR killed 5 OR wounded.

Being the only man killed that day is must be that his grave was destroyed by later fighting as he has no known grave.

James Marsh is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, pier and face 1C/2A

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