MARSTON, CHARLES 11832 Cpl 2/4th Battalion T.F. M.M. 170th Bde 57th Division

THE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died  France / Flanders  11th November 1918

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

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 9th November 1918

L/Cpl Charles Marston, Loyal North Lancs Regiment, has been awarded the Military Medal for gallant conduct and bravery on August 24th, 1918. He is 20 years of age and enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and was in the trenches at the age of 16. His father was a Colour-Sergeant in the Army, and he has lost a brother killed in action.

Preston Guardian Saturday 30th November 1918

A Memorial Service was held at the Congregational Church, Hough Lane, Leyland on Sunday morning (24th) for S. Bolton, T. Lindley and C. Marston.

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 28th December 1918

L/Cpl C Marston, Loyal North Lancs., whose mother resides at 32 Herbert Street, Leyland has been awarded the Military Medal. (Just why this item appears so long after Charles Marston’s death, is unclear).

Charles Marston’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

United Reformed Memorial, Hough Lane, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Marston is buried in:-

LES BARAQUES MILITARY CEMETERY, SANGATTE, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot VI Row F Grave 13. Son of Sarah Ellen Marston of Leyland, Lancashire, and the late Colour-Serjeant Thomas Marston (Loyal North Lancashire Regiment). Sangatte is a village situated in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais and touches the western side of the town of Calais. The communal cemetery at Les Baraques lies about 5 km from Sangatte Village. Les Baraques Military Cemetery is an extension of the Communal Cemetery at its western end.

Register of Electors, Leyland – 1918

34 Herbert Street   Marston, Charlie

St. Ambrose, Leyland. Baptismal Register

Baptised April 17th, 1898: Charles son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Marston. Born March 7th, ‘98.

Family Information from the late Mr Sam Marston of Leyland

June 28th, 1995. I visited the late Mr Sam Marston of Leyland. He told me that the name L/Cpl G. Marston on the United Reformed Memorial is an error and should have been C. Marston; likewise, on the War Memorial on Church Road.

He told me that Charlie had joined the army when only 16 years of age and understood that he had served in France throughout the war. Sadly, he died in hospital the very day that the Armistice was signed. He confirmed that they lived on Herbert Street, but could not remember the number (from the Register of Electors it appears to have been No. 34).

Note 1:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading, T.F. = Territorial Force.

Note 2:- In the ‘Soldiers Died’ heading, M.M. = Military Medal.

Note 3:-  A ‘Marston, C’ appears on the Wesleyan / Methodist ‘Roll of Honour’ under the heading ‘The Following Also Served’.

Note 4:- Charles is the brother of Samuel Marston of the next sheet, who died in France Feb. 28th, 1918.

Marston, Charles. WE Waring 2003