Grandfather's sacrifice honoured

00:25, Aug 14 2014
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SPECIAL MEMENTOES: June Marshall looks at past service record papers for her grandfather Lance Corporal Herbert Marshall, who died in World War I.

With World War I on people's minds due to the centenary recently. Sahiban Kanwal interviewed June Marshall of Timaru about her grandfather who died in the war.

Being the granddaughter of a World War I veteran is something to be proud of.

Timaru's June Marshall is the granddaughter of Lance Corporal Herbert Marshall who was killed in action on September 2, 1918 at the age of 26.

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HONOURABLE DEATH: Lance Corporal Herbert Marshall fought and died for New Zealand in World War I.

Marshall was born in Edendale, Southland on June 19, 1892 and he marched into camp in 1915.

Mrs Marshall cannot recall her grandfather very clearly but is proud enough to keep his service record.

"I always thought he was six feet tall (1.82 metres) only to realise he was five-foot-five (1.67m) after seeing his service record. But I don't really know much else about him. They did not really talk about war back in those days," she said.


The records show Marshall was promoted to Lance Corporal on December 18, 1916 and posted to G Company, 22nd reinforcements on January 27, 1917.

In a letter to her grandmother from the company chaplain G T Robson, the nature of how Lance Corporal Marshall died is explained.

"It was during our second attack west of the village of Fremicourt that Mr Marshall fell in action: from what I remember he was killed instantly so he would not suffer in any way," the chaplain wrote.

The Bancourt British Cemetery contains the graves of six officers of the Royal Flying Corps buried by the enemy in autumn 1916 and one lone New Zealand soldier, Lance Corporal Marshall, who fell in September 1918.

The Timaru Herald