Friday, August 4, 2017

MARSDEN, Marshall Richard

Marshall Richard Marsden
born 6 February 1893 Ashburton, New Zealand
died about Oct-Nov 1973
reg. Dec 1969 Thanet  vol. 5f page 1810 

Marshall Richard Marsden was born in Ashburton on 6 February 1893 the son of Lucy Ann Dalley and Richard Marsden, and grandson of John Marsden a Maori War veteran. At the time of his enlistment in the NZEF on 12 August 1914 he was a single man, living at 1031 Colombo Street, Christchurch and working as a bootmaker for H. Pannell & Co. He joined the 2nd Canterbury Infantry Battalion as a private and embarked at Lyttelton on 23 September 1914 on the troopship H.M.N.Z. Transport No.11, "Athenic" for Wellington. He sailed from Wellington with the Main Body on 13 October 1914 for Alexandria. 

He was then sent to Gallipoli and appointed to Lance Corporal on 14 May 1915 and promoted to Sergeant on 13 August 1915. He was wounded at Gallipoli and in September 1915 he was evacuated to Malta with septic poisoning and then to England where he was admitted to Eastleigh Hospital and later to Kingsland Road Hospital. He joined the 2nd Infantry Battalion at Moascar Camp, near the Suez Canal in March 1916 and on 8 April 1916 embarked for France on the s.s. "Haverford". 

In France he was wounded in action at the Somme on 16 September 1916 and admitted to hospital in Etaples before being evacuated to England where he was admitted to hospital in Chelsea and later moved to the No. 1 New Zealand General Hospital, Brockenhurst. He was  then assigned duties at Codford Depot Hospital

He married Doris Millicent Sanders at the Church of England in North Woolwich on 26 December 1917 and has two children Doris May Marsden in 1918 and Ernest R. Marsden in 1920.

Marshall Richard Marsden died in England in 1969 aged 76 years.

 Sergeant Marshall Richard Marsden

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