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Date of Death
22 Apr 1917
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Cpl Ralph Marshall, 31508, 6th Brigade Machine Gun Corps, died in the 16th General Hospital in France on April 22nd, 1917, from wounds received in action two weeks earlier. He was aged 22.
His fiancee, Lily Wildman, had been granted a permit to travel from Luton to France to be with him in his final hours. The couple had planned to marry when Ralph was next on leave, but that never happened. Lily was living with Ralph's parents, John and Elizabeth, at 44 Cambridge Street, Luton.
Ralph had enlisted in the Bedfordshire Regiment in November 1915, as a private attached to the Machine Gun Corps. He went out to the front in June 1916 and gained two stripes. However, he was wounded in the right arm near Arras in an attack on German trenches on April 9th, 1917, and admitted to hospital, also suffering from heart trouble.
Prior to enlistment Ralph was employed as a clerk by hat manufacturers F. J. Elliott & Co, Guildford Street, Luton.