On this day in 1944, William Henry Marshall (1899-1944) died in the Second World War while serving as a captain in the Royal Indian Engineers. He was 44.
He was buried in Rawalpindi War Cemetery in Pakistan.
His war grave includes the inscription: ‘But here within this soul of mine I know that you are near’.
Born in Knowstone in 1899, William married Alma Louise Walker (1896-1986) in India on December 2, 1925. Alma, who was born in India, was the daughter of Lieutenant Louis Walker (1859-1919) – a bandmaster, who died in Rawalpindi in October 1919 and was buried in Rawalpindi War Cemetery – and Jane Alma Scott (1865-1947).
William’s brother, Thomas Marshall, married Dulcie Camilla Roberts (1892-1977) at Poughill Parish Church on December 29, 1916. She was the daughter of Thomas Roberts (1853-1932) and Elah Stevens (1861-1921). Thomas was the son of William Roberts (1828-1903) and Elizabeth Morrish James (1831-1893). William was the eldest brother of John Roberts (1829-1919), my great-great grandfather who had 30 grandsons serving in the Great War.