MARSTON, SAMUEL 12994 Guardsman 1st Battalion 2nd Guards Bde Guards Division

THE SCOTS GUARDS

Born Preston  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died  France / Flanders  28th February 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 5.

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

Pte Samuel Marston died of septic poisoning at a Casualty Clearing Station, France on February 28th, 1918. He was 24 years of age and enlisted in 1914.

He resided with his father (a former Colour-Sergeant) and mother at 36 Herbert Street. He worked at the Leyland and Birmingham Rubber Works and was connected with the Congregational Church (his photo is in this issue, and a similar report appears in the Preston Guardian of March 16th).

Chorley Guardian and Leyland Hundred Advertiser Sat. 30th March 1918

A Memorial Service has been held for Pte Samuel Marston, Scots Guards, who died Feb. 28th in a French hospital from septic poisoning. The third son of Mr Marston.

Chorley Weekly News 30th March 1918

A Memorial Service was conducted by the Rev. W. G. Rew at the Congregational Church, Leyland on Sunday evening last for Pte Samuel Marston who died a short time ago. He was formerly a member of the Bible Class of the above church and all the present members of the class attended the service. They also provided flowers for the occasion. Mr W. Rose, A.R.C.O., acted as organist and played the ‘Dead March’.

Samuel Marston’s name appears on the following memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. Ambrose Memorial, Moss Lane, Leyland

United Reformed Memorial, Hough Lane, Leyland

The Guards Memorial, Edinburgh Castle

Samuel Marston is buried in the:-

DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot VI Row E Grave 7. The villages of Duisans and Etrun are in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 km west of Arras.

The cemetery lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans. It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route Nationale N39 (Arras-St. Pol) in the angle of the Arras-Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.

July 27th, 1995. I visited the late Mr Sam Marston, nephew and named after the subject of this sheet, to collect the above C.W.G.C. information which he had kindly obtained for me.

The Samuel of this sheet is, of course, the brother of Charles Marston of the previous sheet, who died in hospital near Calais on the day that the Armistice was signed.

Marston, Samuel. WE Waring 2003