MARSDEN, FRED 761 Private ‘B’ Coy 1/4th Battalion T.F. 154th Bde 51st Division


Born Leyland  Enlisted Leyland  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  30th October 1915

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 50.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 25th November 1916

Pte Fred Marsden, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was posted missing on 30th Oct. 1915, has now been officially reported killed in action.

He was 23 years of age and joined up at the outbreak of war. He was formerly employed at the Dialene Works, Leyland.

The deceased soldier received his baptism of fire on 24th May 1915 and was badly wounded on 15th July 1915. He was a regular attender at St. Andrew’s Church and a former member of the Leyland Parish Church Lads Brigade (his photo appears in this issue of the ‘Guardian’).

Preston Guardian Sat. 25th November 1916

Mr D. Marsden, 2 Towngate, Leyland has received official intimation of the death in action of his son Pte Fred Marsden, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (T.F.). He joined the colours at the outbreak of war – his first engagement being on May 24th, 1915 – and he was wounded on July 15th, 1915.

Pte Marsden, who was 23 years of age , was formerly employed by the Dialene Rubber Company

Ltd. He was a regular attender at Leyland St. Andrew’s church and was formerly a member of the St. Andrew’s Church Lads Brigade (his photo is in this issue).

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine December 1916


Fred Marsden, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was reported missing on 30th October 1915, is now officially reported killed. He was a Territorial whose term of service expired whilst he was on active service in France, but he voluntarily re-enlisted. His generous spirit and high sense of duty will not be forgotten (he was included in the Memorial Service of January 11th, 1917 – reported in the Parish Magazine of February 1917).

Fred Marsden’s name is on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Fred Marsden is commemorated on a memorial in:-


Courcelette Communal Cemetery German Extension MEMORIAL 4.  No next-of-kin information.

Pte Marsden was previously buried in Courcelette Communal Cemetery. However, the grave was later destroyed by shell-fire and is now commemorated on a ‘Screen Wall’, Panel 4 in Delville Wood Cemetery. Longueval is a village 11 km east of Albert.

Delville Wood Cemetery is east of the village and on the road from Longueval to Ginchy. The cemetery is directly opposite the South African National Museum which is well sign-posted from the N17 at Bapaume

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine February 1893

December 30th, 1892 - Bapt.:  Fred son of Daniel and Ann Marsden.

Note 1:- Fred Marsden was killed in action during a period of trench warfare after being heavily engaged in the Battle of Festubert and the Second Action of Givenchy earlier in the year. The 1/4th Battalion returned to the re-formed 55th Division in January 1916.

Note 2:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Note 3:- It is unclear just which property No. 2 Towngate was in 1915. In the late 19th century, No. 1 was the Seven Stars public house, and No. 2 was the Ship Inn: however, when Westgate was being built there were demolitions in the area in order to make the new road. The street re-numbering record does not show the old number for the Ship or the Seven Stars.

Marsden, Fred. WE Waring 2003