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War Memorials



SYDNEY GEORGE MARSH

Private   270477

10th (Royal East Kent and West Kent  Yeomanry) Battalion.

The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)


who died on 11 August 1918       Age 25

Sydney Marsh was the son of Percy and Mary Marsh, of Jubilee House, Dunkirk. He was born in 1893, and according to the 1901 census his father was a gardener


Private Sydney Marsh is remembered with honour at Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, Nord, France, where his grave reference is IV. E. 24.  He is also remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church, and on a special memorial stone attached to the church.




The following tribute appeared in the Faversham and North East Kent News published on 31st August 1918.


Mr and Mrs Percy Marsh of “Jubilee”, Dunkirk, have received the disquieting news from France, that their elder son Sydney, of the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (attached to The Buffs), has been missing since August 11th.


Whilst he and two others were on night patrol, they were suddenly discovered by the enemy, and were compelled to separate.  The other two returned to their post in safety, but nothing since has been heard of Private Marsh.  


The news came with an intensified shock, for Mr and Mrs Marsh were daily expecting their son home on leave, after two years and eight months service abroad.


Sources:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org

Faversham and North Kent News

Dunkirk Parish Magazine

Photos - Owen


The Dunkirk Parish magazines of 1915/1916 briefly included a feature “NEWS FROM OUR BOYS SERVING WITH H.M. FORCES”, collected by the then headmaster of Dunkirk School W.V. Burgess. It includes the following mention of this man:

 

April 1916 -

Tpr. S. Marsh is in Egypt.


Pont du Hem Cemetery

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Memorial at Dunkirk Church