Albert Marsh (1891-1915)
Labourer, The Regent's Park
Albert was born in 1891 at Pineham, Whitfield in Kent to George, a hay trusser, and Anne Marsh. In 1911 Albert was living at Pineham Farm and was employed as a wagoner by William Castle, the farmer. It was following this that Albert must have travelled to London and gained employment with the Office of Works as a gardener in The Regent’s Park.
On 27 November 1914, at the age of 23 years and 11 months, Albert volunteered at the Dover Recruiting Office to join the Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA) as a Gunner. On New Year’s Day 1915 he was posted
to 22 Company RGA who were based at Lower Twydall Redoubt, Sheerness that formed part of the Eastern Coast Defences. He was then posted, on 9 June 1915, to the infantry as a Private in the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. This only lasted a month and on 23 July, Albert was posted to Blackdown near Aldershot to join the 8th Battalion, East Kent Regiment, The Buffs. On 1 September, they were mobilised for war and sent to join the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front via Boulogne to take part in the forthcoming Battle of Loos, which started on 25 September 1915. The battalion’s war diary for 26 September states, “the advance was carried forward rapidly by 11.30 am the leading line of The Buffs had moved to within 25 yards of the German barbed wire. No gaps could be observed in the wire entanglements. During the advance a heavy fire from machine guns on both flanks was encountered. … The enemy’s fire especially from our left flank became heavier and very considerable losses occurred”. Private 8168 Albert Marsh was injured that day and was probably treated at Etaples military hospital. He died of his wounds at 2.40 pm on 30 September 1915 having only served 31 days with the British Expeditionary Force in France.
His body is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, grave reference IV.H.8A.