George Henry Marshall

Name

George Henry Marshall

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

27/09/1916
40

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
602449
Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
7th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY, CONTAY
I.E.7.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial.

Pre War

George was born on the 22nd June 1877, the only son of George Marshall of 53 Albert Street, Stevenage. After immigrating to Canada, he lived with his wife and four children in River Road, Hespeler, Ontario.

Wartime Service

He joined the Canadian army in April 1915. On the 18th September 1916 the Battalion moved into a reserve area known as The Chalkpit, East of Albert. The weather was foul and the wet and muddy conditions were described in the unit war diary as “trying”. On the 22nd September the Battalion moved into the front line trenches. Here they spent all their time under continuous shell fire from the German artillery. It was not until the 26th September that the Battalion attacked the German positions and their assault was described as successful. Some of the supporting companies had moved up during the night of 26th/27th, and this is probably where George Marshall was killed. The five-day tour of the frontline trenches had cost the Battalion 5 Officers and 213 Other Ranks as casualties. George is buried in the Contay British Cemetery, Somme, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Paul Johnson