Sergeant Joseph Marshall


Joseph Marshall was born about 1883 in Hampshire, England (possibly the Joseph Marshall born in Southampton on 5 October 1883, the third of fourteen children of domestic servant Thomas Marshall and his wife Maria (nee Jowles)).

Marshall served in the army before the war, though in which regiment and when are not known at present. He was still serving on 26 January 1910 when he married Annie Ledgerwood Lockhart at Sinclair Seamen's Presbyterian Church, Shankill, Belfast. The couple had four children before Annie's death from influenza on 28 November 1918.

He left the army soon after he was married and by the time of the 1911 Census was living at 5 Richmond Square, Belfast, with his wife and first child, father- and mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, and working as a linen business hydraulic pressman.

Marshall enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 14 and 29 May 1914 (No.947 – later Corps of Hussars No.71175). He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne. He remained with the regiment throughout the war, though how much time he spent in France and Belgium and how much at the Antrim depot is not known at present.

On 1 December 1918 Marshall was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, suffering from influenza. Following his recovery he returned to his regiment, but in May 1919 he transferred to the Royal Irish Rifles (No.24950) and was posted to the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion at Belfast. He remained in that role until discharged on 21 January 1922.

Marshall was granted a pension due to 'neurasthenia following influenza'. It appears that he later moved to England, where he lived at Leightley, near Gunnislake, Cornwall.