20 September 1914 : 2nd Lieut. Roger Marshall

Roger Marshall was born 25 January 1891 at Annstead, Chathill, Northumberland

Annstead Farm, (c) Google Street View August 2016

The youngest son of five children of parents Anthony and Jessie Marshall of Annstead Farm, Chathill, Northumberland.

At the 1891 Census the household included the Marhsall parents, the five children age 13 to two months (Roger), a governess and six domestic servants. 

Roger was educated privately at the boys' boarding school Merchiston, Edinburgh. 

In  August 1910, Roger entered the Royal Artillery’s Special Reserve.

In April 1913 he was awarded the Royal Aero Club Aviator’s Certificate. He was noted as an excellent shot and rider. Roger was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry on 15 July 1914. 

Second-Lieutenant Marshall was killed in action in the Battle of the Aisne as the DLI held their ground. 

 

Roger is remembered on a family plaque in the churchyard of St. Ebba's, Beadnell, Northumberland

Sources:

'Tribute to the Fallen, 1914-1920: Men of Alnwick, Amble, Rothbury and Wooler district’ by David Thompson. 

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De Ruvigny's, England Census 1891, Great Britain Royal Aero Club Certificates 1910 to 1950, Google Maps and Street View.