Marsh, Edward Waters Harbin (1880-1915)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Edward Waters Harbin Marsh (1880-1915), born 14 April 1880 in Yeovil, Somerset, son of Lt. Col.William Marsh, C.B.E. V.D., D.L., and Agnes Elizabeth Marsh of Old Sarum House, Yeovil, Somerset.
Siblings: Kenneth Sidney Marsh (1889-1975).
Attended Crewkerne Grammar School.
Attended Sherborne School (Day boy) May 1893-December 1897.
Served as Lt. in the South African Campaign with Mountec Infantry of 60th Rifles; afterwards gazetted to the South Lancashire Regiment, and proceeded with them to India where he transferred to Indian Army.
WW1, Captain and Adjutant in the Indian Army; 13th Rajputs (The Skekhawati Regiment). Drowned on troopship "Persia" on 30 December 1915.
The Chatby Memorial www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1438875/MARSH,%20EDWA...
Yeovil Town War Memorial www.yeoviltown.com/warmemorial/worldwar1.aspx.
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
The Western Gazette 7 January 1916: 'Amongst the passengers of the ill-fated Persia, torpedoed last week in the Mediterranean, was Captain E.W.H. Marsh, elder son of Colonel and Mrs Wm. Marsh, of Old Sarum House, and who had recently been in the town on sick leave following recovery from a wound received in Gallipoli. Captain Marsh was returning to India to rejoin his old regiment, the 13th Rajputs, in which he had obtained promotion. His name has not appeared amongst the published lists of survivors, and the great anxiety is felt as to his safety.'
Pulman’s Weekly News 8 February 1916: 'Captain E.W.H. Marsh, 13th Rajputs “The Shekhawati Regiment,” whose name is, unhappily, not yet included in the list of survivors from a ship recently sunk, is the elder son of Colonel and Mrs. W. Marsh, of Old Sarum House, Yeovil. At the outbreak of war he was at home on leave from India, and was at once ordered to rejoin his regiment in India. This order was cancelled a few hours before the ship sailed, and shortly afterwards, he was attached to the 6th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment, being appointed Adjutant. In the month of May he was sent to France temporarily with other Indian officers, to replace losses in the Indian Contingent, but after three weeks in the trenches, he was able to re-join the South Lancashires. His regiment proceeded to Gallipoli with the 13th Division, in July, and took part in the Suvla Bay Expedition, being one of the units to reach the top of the celebrated crest, during which operation, Captain Marsh was severely wounded. Upon his recovery he was ordered to return to India, and he was proceeding thither when the disaster occurred. The family still hope that they may hear of his safety. Captain Marsh had had previous war experience, having served as Lieutenant in the Mounted Infantry of the 60th Rifles in the Boer War. After this he joined the South Lancashire Regiment, from which he exchanged into the India Army. Captain Marsh was a well-known figure in Yeovil and the neighbourhood, and was held in the greatest esteem and admiration by all who knew him. His quiet, unassuming manner and his true soldierly character had gained him the respect of all classes, who remember his keen anxiety to go on immediate service at the outbreak of hostilities. Now that everything points to the fact that such a career of service has been cut short, and the utmost sympathy is extended to Colonel and Mrs. Wm. Marsh, whose grief may be tempered with the knowledge that if Captain Marsh has died, he died like a soldier and a hero and as surly in the service of King and Country as though falling on some stricken field.'