My only link to this gentleman was nearly 40 years ago his grandson was my best man. With it now possible to find out some of his story, I thought I would record it here.
George Henry Marsden, DCM, MM.
George was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, in 1888. Prior to WW1 he lived with his wife Elizabeth and their family in the Queens Buildings, Birkenhead, better known as the Dock Cottages, Illchester
He was employed by Graysons Shipyard, Birkenhead, where he carried out his occupation as a Blacksmiths Striker.
In 1914 he enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment and steadily moved up through the ranks to become Company Sergeant Major.
His records show that his Army life didnít run smoothly, having committed some misdemeanours.
5/1/15, Absent from night parade, 2 days confined to barracks.
24/2/15, Talking when marching, 4 days CB
10/4/15, Absent from 7am parade, 5 days stoppage of pay, 10 days CB
5/7/15, Overstaying Pass, 7 days stoppage of pay, 10 days CB
5/1/16, Neglect of Duty, Severely reprimanded.
1/3/17, Absent from parade, Severely reprimanded.
11/5/17, Absent from Billet, 8am to 8.45pm, Severely reprimanded and stopped 1 Days pay.
George was posted to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force on the 25/9/1915.
Throughout his time in France he received a number of wounds,
Gunshot wound to leg, 8/9/16.
GSW to left hand 10/4/18.
GSW to left knee 26/5/18.
GSW to head 3/9/18.
George was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 22/9/1916 and the Military Medal, 16/11/1916, for his bravery, notices in the London Gazette.
George was 25 years old when he joined up and served 4 years , 140 days.
He was medically discharged from the Army in 1919 suffering constantly with headaches from his head wound and received a pension of 6d a day. He returned home to enjoy the rest of his life with his family.