James Neville Marshall VC

Rank:Lt. Col.
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:Irish Guards attd. 16th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Lancashire Fusiliers
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Ors Communal Cemetery
Town Memorial:Old Harlow, Essex
Extra Information:
Born at Crosby Place, Steven Street, Stretford during the September quarter
1887 in the Barton upon Irwell R.D. - ref: 8c/650, the son of James Henry &
Mary Marshall.

1891 Census - 64 Steven Street, Stretford.    Son - aged: 3 - born:
Stretford.    Head of household - James H. Marshall - Married - aged: 43 -
occ: Hardware Buyer - born: Ireland.    Also Mary Marshall - Wife - aged:
28 - born: Southport, Lancashire.    Plus 4 siblings and 1 servant.

1901 Census - "Melrose", Clifton Road, Acocks Green, Yardley, Warwickshire.
   Son - aged: 13 - born: Manchester.     Head of household - James H.
Marshall - Married - aged: 53 - occ: Haberdasher - born: Ireland.    Also
Mary Marshall - Wife - aged: 38 - born: Southport, Lancashire.    Plus 5

His father died in 1910, aged 63.

1911 Census - No Trace.     His widowed mother and his siblings were then
residing at Eastbourne House, Warwick Road, Acocks Green, Yardley.   
Eastbourne House was a school which his mother and two eldest sisters ran.

Married - Edith Mary Taylor during the September quarter 1911 in the Epping
R.D. - ref: 4a/911.    Edith was an Infant school teacher, born at
Manningtree, Essex in 1884.  She later resided at Lascelles Lodge, Matching
Green, Harlow, Essex.

A scholar at King Edward VI School and after leaving worked at the
Birmingham and Midland Institute and Birmingham University. He studied
veterinary practice, then worked in this field in Harlow, Essex. This may
have been from around 1909/10. His sisters ran Eastbourne House School
while it was on the Warwick Road, from about 1910. He started off the First
World War in the Belgian Army,but then joined the British Army enlisting in
the Irish Guards.

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31178, dated 13th February 1919,
records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery, determination and
leadership in the attack on the Sambre-Oise Canal, near Catillon, on the
4th November 1918, when a partly constructed bridge came under concentrated
fire and was broken before the advanced troops of his battalion could
cross. Lt. Col. Marshall at once went forward and organised parties to
repair the bridge. The first party were soon killed or wounded, but by
personal example he inspired his command, and volunteers were instantly
forthcoming. Under intense fire and with complete disregard of his own
safety, he stood on the bank encouraging his men and assisting in the work,
and when the bridge was repaired attempted to rush across at the head of
his battalion and was killed while so doing. The passage of the canal was
of vital importance, and the gallantry displayed by all ranks was largely
due to the inspiring example set by Lt. Col. Marshall."

His medals are in the care of the Irish Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks,
Birdcage Walk, London. SW1E 6HQ.

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