Facts and Events
||Luton, Bedfordshire, England
||31 Mar 1901
||Luton, Bedfordshire, England33 Albert Road
||2 Apr 1911
||Luton, Bedfordshire, England44 Cambridge Street
||22 Apr 1917
||Le Tréport, Seine-Maritime, France
||Le Tréport, Seine-Maritime, FranceMont Huon Military Cemetery
Ralph Marshall was born in 1895 at Luton in Bedfordshire, son of a straw hat sewer named Elizabeth Marshall, formerly Kempson, and her husband John Marshall, a straw hat blocker and bricklayer. He was the eldest of five childen.
The 1901 census finds Ralph living with his parents and siblings at 33 Albert Road in Luton, which was the same street his paternal grandparents were living in at the time. By 1911 the family had moved to nearby 44 Cambridge Street, which was the same street Ralph's maternal grandparents were living in at the time. In 1911, Ralph was described as working as a clerk in the straw trade.
First World War
The First World War broke out in summer 1914. In November 1915, aged 20, Ralph enlisted with the Bedfordshire Regiment. At the time of his enlistment he was described as being 5ft 8in and a warehouseman. Six months later (presumably after training) he sailed from Folkestone to Boulogne, then travelled on to a base depot at Camiers, on the coast near Boulogne.
At some point he transferred from the Bedfordshire Regiment to the Machine Gun Corps. He was promoted from Private to Acting Corporal on 19th January 1917, and to Corporal on 20th March 1917. Less than three weeks later he was wounded in action. He was taken to the 16 General Hospital at Le Treport. His father and girlfriend, Lily Wildman, were able to visit him there, travelling from Luton to Le Treport on 21st April 1917. Ralph died there the following day. He was 22 years old.
Ralph is buried at Mont Huon Military Cemetery at Le Treport.
- ↑ Births index, in General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration. (London: General Register Office), Primary quality.
b. Ralph MARSHALL, March Quarter 1895, Luton Registration District, Vol. 3b, page 452
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 13 General Register Office: 1901 Census Schedules, Class RG13; Piece 1516; Folio 119; Page 3, 31 Mar 1901, Primary quality.
Address: 33 Albert Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
5 or more rooms occupied
John Marshall, head, married, male, 30 [1870/1], Bricklayer, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Elizabeth Marshall, wife, married, female, 27 [1873/4], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Ralph Marshall, son, single, male, 6 [1894/5], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Stanley George Marshall, son, single, male, 4 [1896/7], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Stewart John Marshall, son, single, male, 2 [1898/9], b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Agnes Kempson, visitor, single, female, 21 [1879/80], Straw hat finisher, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
- ↑ General Register Office. The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO) RG 14 General Register Office: 1911 Census Schedules, RG14PN8995 RG78PN479 RD178 SD2 ED2 SN230, 2 Apr 1911, Primary quality.
Address: 44 Cambridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
5 rooms occupied
John Marshall, head, male, 40 [1870/1], married 17 years, 5 children born alive, 5 still living, Straw Trade Blocker, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Elizabeth Marshall, wife, female, 38 [1872/3], married, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Ralph Marshall, son, male, 16 [1894/5], single, Straw Trade Clerk, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Stanley Marshall, son, male, 14 [1896/7], single, Foundry, worker, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Stuart Marshall, son, male, 12 [1898/9], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
Cissie Marshall, daugher, female, 9 [1901/2], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
George Marshall, son, male, 6 [1904/5], single, b. Luton, Bedfordshire
- ↑ British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920, Mar page 52327, Soldier No. 23347 / 31508, Primary quality.
Summary of main points:
Name: Ralph Marshall
Address: 44 Cambridge Street, Luton, Bedfordshire
Age: 20 years 9 months
Enlisted: 17 Nov 1915 at Ampthill
Height: 5 foot 8.75 inches
Joined Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 23347
Sailed from Folkestone to Boulogne 25 Jun 1916
Joined base depot Camiers 26 Jun 1916
Promoted to Acting Corporal 19 Jan 1917
Promoted to Corporal 20 Mar 1917
Wounded in action 9 Apr 1917
Admitted to 16 Gen. Hospital, Le Treport, 11 Apr 1917
19 Apr 1917 Telegram to Mr John Marshall, 44 Cambridge Street, Luton, Beds: "Regret to report 31508 Cpl Marshall Machine Gun Corps dangerously ill at 16 General Hospital Le Treport France aaa He may be visited at public expense wire if you wish to go and await instructions"
19 Apr 1917 Telegram to Machine Gun Corps: "Father and Miss Wildman wish visit Corpl Marshall"
20 Apr 1917 Telegram from Midland Railway Luton to Machine Gun Corps: "Leaving at 417 am on Saturday en route le Treport Marshall Luton"
Machine Gun Corps note: "Mr J. Marshall visiting Corp. R. Marshall M.G.C. at 16 Gen Le Treport was accompanied by Miss L. Wildman and returned on the 24th April 1917"
Died 22 Apr 1917
- ↑ The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Secondary quality.
Service No: 31508
Date of death: 22 Apr 1917
Regiment / Service: Machine Gun Corps 64th Bde
Grave Reference: III. E. 10A.
Cemetery: Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport
Additional Information: Eldest son of John and Elizabeth Marshall, of 44, Cambridge St., Luton, Beds.