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Date of Birth
Date of Death
11 Dec 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
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World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Charles George Marsh, 201398, 1/4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, was killed in action in Palestine on December 11th, 1917.
Eldest of 13 children of Charles George and Lily (nee Spacey) Marsh, of 30 St Ann's Road, Luton, he was born in the town in 1891. In the 1911 Census he is described as a moulder at a foundry.
George had spent six years in the Beds Territorials before the war, but when war was declared he was rejected for service. After several attempts he was finally accepted and sent out to Egypt in 1915 with the Norfolk Regiment.
His father had enlisted in the 6th Bedfords in 1915 but was discharged in August 1916 after being in hospital for a long period with acute hearing problems.
News of George's death arrived on January 4th, 1918. Just under a month later, on February 1st, 1918, younger brother Albert died in hospital from a brain tumour and was buried at Luton Church Cemetery. He had enlisted in the Beds Regiment on the outbreak of war and later transferred to the Royal Fusiliers. He went to France in October 1916 but was sent home, being under age, and transferred back to the Beds Regiment. He had gone into hospital with eye trouble, but tumour of the brain developed later.
A third brother, Arthur, who enlisted in the Beds Regiment on the outbreak of war, was wounded in France in October 1914. He went out again and was wounded again, in July 1917, necessitating the amputation of a leg at a hospital in Northampton.