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Marshall, W F

Thiepval Memorial

Thiepval Memorial, France, Somme.

Husband of Ethel Ethelind Marshall (nee Hibbs).

Killed in action, aged 23 years

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 21 September 1916


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


William Frank Marshall

Company Sergeant Major William Frank Marshall
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

1914-15 Star


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 18 September 1916

Roll of Honour. It is with great regret that we have to announce the death of Company Sergeant Major W F Marshall of the Jersey Company Royal Irish Rifles. The news of the demise of this gallant NCO came to Jersey in private letters on Friday, but in as much that these were not official we refrained from publishing the same. On Saturday night, however, Mrs Marshall received the sad news in a letter sent by Mr J Le Breton, the Regimental Sergeant Major of the 77th Royal Irish Rifles. The letter was as follows "Somewhere in France. 12 September 1916. Dear Mrs Marshall, It is with great regret that I have to inform you of the death of your dear husband, who was killed on 6 September fighting for his King and Country. I am very sorry to say that the dear old country suffered very much, all our NCOs are either killed or wounded. I can assure you that Will was a good soldier and was loved by his men. He was buried just outside Brach, I was there and superintended his burial. Will you please accept my deepest sympathy to you and the family in your great hour of trial. Your sincerely, J LE BRETON, RSM". The deceased young NCO, who was only 23, was widely known he having been in the employ of Mr J W Orviss as a traveller. He had made many friends who will be grieved to learn of his having been called upon to make the supreme sacrifice for his Country. Company Sergeant Major Marshall leaves a widow (nee Miss Hibbs) and one child, and to her and other members of the family we would tender our respectful sympathy. We might state that but a few days ago Mrs Marshall received a Parchment which had been recently handed to her husband in recognition of his gallantry in the field.