Lieutenant ColonelMARSHALL, JAMES NEVILLE

Died 04/11/1918

Aged 31

Irish Guards

attd. 16th Bn.
Lancashire Fusiliers

V C, M C and Bar, Mentioned in Despatches

Officier Order of Leopold, Chevalier Order of Leopold, Croix de Guerre (Belgium). Husband of Edith Marshall, of Lascelles Lodge, Matching Green, Harlow, Essex.

Inscription

SPLENDID IS DEATH WHEN THOU FALLEST COURAGEOUS LEADING THE ON SLAUGHT

Citation

An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 31178, dated 13th Feb., 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."

Buried at ORS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

Location: Nord, France
Number of casualties: 59

Cemetery/memorial reference: In line with "A. 22.".


Cemetery details

CWGC Archives

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.