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Name: John Wesley MARSHALL
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: J W Service No.: 33075
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Warwick, Cumberland. Age at Death: 33
Unit: 12th Bn Durham Light Infantry.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 8 Edward Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Miner at Emma Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Thursday 7th June 1917
Place of Death: Belgium
Battle/Campaign: The Battles of Messines, Belgium. 7th June 10th November 1917.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial. Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Emma Colliery Memorial, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. Panel 36 and 38
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals: War Medal. Victory Medal.
Photographs: 1
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 8, 1st June 1918.
Family Details:
Husband of Sarah E. Marshall (later to become Mrs Proud) of 8 Edward Street, Crawcrook, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Six children.
Notes : John was a former Everton Gun Club Champion, Liverpool, winning a gold medal for rifle shooting. He moved up to the North East to find work. He eventually found work in the coal mines of the area but also managed to work on a part time basis as a barman. He worked at Smarts Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Crawcrook Social Club. John was offered the position of Steward at Greenside Social Club but decided against the offer. One of William's war medals has been deposited in the care of the Durham Light Infantry Museum, Durham.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Information from family members.
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