Private Richard Marsh
81207 1/8th Durham Light Infantry
Died as a P.O.W. 22nd July 1918 at Limburg, aged 19
Lived at 103 Gordon Street
Commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium
Burnley Express 18/1/1919
was born in Burnley the son of Allen and Annie Marsh of 103 Gordon Street.,
Burnley. He served as Private 81207 in the 1st/8th Battalion of the Durham
Light Infantry. He was killed in action aged 18 on Tuesday 23rd July 1918.
He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault, Belgium.
The Burnley Express reported :-
“Youngest of Thirteen. No News Of Burnley Lad Since April.
Mr and Mrs Marsh of 103 Gordon Street, Burnley are much concerned, now
that prisoners are returning home, regarding the fate of their boy, Pte.
Richard Marsh, 170340 of the Durham Light Infantry. He is the youngest
of thirteen children, and one of three sons who have been in the army.
Of these Dan, 1st East Lancashire Regt., was killed on 1st July 1916;
George, a corporal in the R.F.A., has been recommended for the Military
Medal: whilst Richard has been missing since April 11, 1918, and nothing
has been heard of him except a Red Cross Society Report that he was wounded
and a prisoner. But in the absence of any personal news the parents have
become very anxious.
Pte. Richard Marsh, who is only 19 years of age, joined up in October,
1917, and went out to France on April 1st 1918, so that he had only been
abroad ten days before he was wounded and captured. He was assistant in
the engine room at Ferndale Mill, and was connected with the Stoneyholme
The Burnley Express of February 28th 1920 reported that:-
“Youngest of Thirteen. Burnley Lad’s Death Presumed.
Reported as missing on 23rd April, 1918 the Army Council now presume the
death to have occurred between that date and 22nd July whilst a prisoner
of Pte. Richard Marsh, 18th Durham Light Infantry. His parents who now
live at 103 Gordon Street, Burnley having received a notification to that
effect from No. 1 Infantry Record Office at York.
Private Marsh was the youngest of 13 children and one of three sons who
have been in the army. Of these Dan, 1st East Lancashire Regiment was
killed 1 July 1916. George a corporal in the R.F.A. was recommended for
the Military Medal, whilst of Richard nothing was heard after April 1918
except a Red Cross Society report that he was wounded and a prisoner.
Pte. Richard Marsh was only 19 years of age, joined up in October 1917,
and went out to France on April 1st 1918 so that he had only been abroad
10 days before being wounded and captures. He was assistant in the engine
room at Ferndale mill and was connected with Stoneyholme Wesleyan School.
November 2001- Richard Marsh - a white cross in memory placed for Remembrance
Sunday outside the Thompson Centre.