2nd Lieutenant John Ralph Theodore Marsham

2nd Lieutenant John Ralph Theodore Marsham grave

2nd Lieutenant John Ralph Theodore Marsham - 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

He served in 'D' Company of the 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Whilst training he was wounded by shelling at Maricourt, on the Somme river bank on the 7th October 1915. After he was wounded he was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 291071) and then served with the Laboour Corps. He married Olive Hill in 1918. He later died age 32 on the 27th February 1919, of pneumonia following on from his wounds. He was the son of the Rev. the Hon. John and Mrs. Marsham, of St. Clair, Seaford, Sussex; and husband of Olive Marsham (nee Hill), of Trelawny Road, Tavistock, Devon. His grave is at the WINCHESTER (WEST HILL) OLD CEMETERY, Hampshire, U.K. - grave Ref: 40. 2927. He had a son born in 1919 named Theodore John Ralph Marsham who served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve as a Leading Aircraftman (Pilot) in WW2, he was killed in action age 21 on the 31st October 1940. After Olive Marsham died on 14th December 1926, the son was adopted by Lucy A. Wright of Fovant, Wiltshire.

(photo submitted by Sue Hancock)