Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private John Marsden (Marston)

Introduction
Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Shields,P
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K
Acknowledgements
Dardanelles

23834
10th (Service) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

Cemetery : Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France
Grave Reference or Panel Number : VII.D.5

Census, Death and Marriage details consistently record the true family name as Marston.
Son of the late John Renton Marston and Annie Marston (nee Tipling) of Bishopgate, Wetherby.
 
John William Marston was born in 1898 at Bilton, Harrogate, to parents John Renton Marston, occupation, a Shepherd, and Annie Marston, the family residence being located at The Square, Plumpton, near Spofforth.
Upon the death of his father on the 12th November 1901, the family circumstances become somewhat unclear however the 1911 Census details record that at this juncture the family had relocated to Wetherby. With the family name now recorded as Marsden, possibly a transcription error by the Enumerator as the next document appears to read Marston, Annie had by now found employment as a Charwoman, the family taking up residence in Bishopgate. The dwellings that formed this area have long since been demolished but the row of houses that constituted this locality were to be found near what is now referred to as Bridgefoot, the area of Bishopgate being accessed by a narrow passageway located to the side of the then White Horse Inn, High Street.
 
Enlistment
 
Little is known about John's early life but with the War now over twelve months old an analysis of army serial numbers issued indicates that he attested for voluntary military service under the Derby Scheme at Harrogate in early December 1915 and was then placed on the Army Reserve. The terms of his enlistment were that of a Short Service Obligation, i.e. For the Duration of the War, with the Colours and in the Army Reserve. Mobilised in mid January 1916 and posted to the ranks of the West Yorkshire Regiment, John was allocated the serial number 23834. Processed at the Regimental Depot located at York, surviving service documents of men allocated this batch of serial numbers indicates that John was then posted to the 13th (Reserve) Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment, located at Rugeley Camp, Staffordshire.
 
It was at Rugeley that John was put through his basic military training this consisting of programmes of drill, musketry and field craft to mould him into an effective