MARSDEN, WILLIAM 24659 L/Cpl “A” Company 9th Battalion 74th Bde 25th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  10th August 1917

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

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine December 1917

A Memorial service was held September 19th, 1917 for Robert Wrennall, R.G.A., and William Marsden, Loyal North Lancs. William sang in the choir for some years (the Preston Guardian of Sept. 22nd, 1917 reports the above Memorial Service).

A Memorial Inscription is on the family grave in St. Andrew’s Churchyard:-

William Marsden

Son of William and Mary who Fell in Action

Aug. 10th, 1917 Aged 19 years.

– William Marsden, Senior died 1915 –

William Marsden’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

Balshaw’s High School, Mural Plaque, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

With no known grave, William Marsden is commemorated on the:-

YPRÈS (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, IEPER, BELGIUM

Men of the ‘Loyals’ are commemorated on Panels 41 and 43. Age 19.

Son of Mary Marsden of 5 Beatrice Terrace, Leyland, Preston and the late William Marsden.

Leyland St. Andrew’s Parish Magazine July 1898

Baptised – June 26th, 1898:  William son of William and Mary Marsden.

Electoral Roll, Leyland - 1918

5 Beatrice Terrace   Mary Marsden

Lancashire Daily Post Thursday September 6th, 1917

“KILLED IN ACTION”

MARSDEN – Killed in Action in France August 10th, 1917. Lance/Cprl William Marsden, L.N.L. Regt.. Aged 19 years, older son of the late Mr William Marsden (late of Farington Corn Mill). From his sorrowing Mother, Sister and Brother, Beatrice Terrace, Leyland.

Lancashire Daily Post Saturday August 10th, 1918

“IN MEMORIAM”

MARSDEN – In loving memory of Lance/Cprl William Marsden, L.N.L. Regt., Killed in Action August 10th, 1917, aged 19 years. – From his sorrowing Mother and Brother.

MARSDEN – In loving memory of Lance-Corporal William Marsden, L.N.L. Regt., killed in France August 10th, 1917, aged 19 years.– From Isabel and Arthur.

Note:- 1  The 9th (Service) Battalion was formed at Preston in October 1914 as part of Kitchener’s Third Army (K3). After initial training in the United Kingdom they crossed to France, landing at Boulogne September 26th, 1915.

Note 2:- Yprès (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin and Courtrai, and bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Yprès Salient during the First World War.

Note 3:- The Capture of Windhoek Ridge on August 10th, 1917 by the forces of the 18th and 25th Divisions was subsequent to the Battle of Pilckem – the opening battle of what became known as 3rd Yprès.

Assembly of the troops involved was complete by 3.25 am on the 10th, and at 4.25 am the whole line moved forward. The attack was a complete success, the whole of the 74th Brigade being firmly established in its objectives by 5.30 am. From first to last the plans and their execution reflected the greatest credit on all concerned.

The 9th Battalion had many casualties from snipers and German aeroplanes flying low and firing on any troops moving in the open. This was the engagement in which William Marsden lost his life.

Refs:- The ‘History of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment’, Volume II, Colonel H. C. Wylly, C.B.; Captain (later Brigadier) E. A. James ‘British Regiments’, and the same author’s ‘Records’.

Marsden, William. WE Waring 2003