MARSDEN, JAMES  74155  Gunner  80th Brigade

THE ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY

Born Leyland  Enlisted Preston  Living Leyland

Died  France / Flanders  24th January 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 3.

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

Mrs Marsden, 2 Orange Square, Leyland has had official news of the death of her husband Gunner James Marsden, R.F.A., from pneumonia in Gilly Hospital, France. He was 32 years of age joining up shortly after the outbreak of war, and had been in France for 3 years. Prior to enlisting he was employed at Messrs J. Baxter & Co’s “Dialene” Rubber Works, Leyland.

He leaves a widow and four children and attended Leyland Parish Church.

Preston Guardian Sat. 9th February 1918

Report as in the Chorley Guardian but adds that “ he was a noted runner and footballer.”

Leyland Parish Magazine April 1918

A Memorial service was held for James Marsden, Royal Garrison Artillery (sic), who died in France January 27th (sic) 1918.

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

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

Mural Plaque in St. Andrew’s, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

James Marsden is buried in the:-

CERISY-GAILLY MILITARY CEMETERY, SOMME, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot II Row A Grave 11. Cerisy is a village 11 km south of Albert, 2 km east of the main road from Albert to Moreuil. No next-of-kin information.

Register of Electors – Leyland, 1918: St. Andrew’s Division 1

2 Orange Square  Mary Ann Marsden

Marsden, James. WE Waring 2003