Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Sergeant Philip Marshall
16th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
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Philip Marshall was born in January 1898 in Coleshill. In 1911 Sergeant Marshall was living on Coleshill High St with his parents, William Edge Marshall, a coach builder, and Alice Maude Marshall, his brother and sister, Bertram and Evelyn, and his grandmother, Mary Ryder. Enlisted into ‘C’ company, 16th battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, service number 638, Sergeant Marshall was killed in action on 28 October 1917. His death was recorded in the Coleshill Chronicle which stated, It is with the greatest regret that we have to record the death of Sergeant Philip Marshall, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, younger son of Mr and Mrs W. E. Marshall, High Street, Coleshill, who was killed in action on the Western front on Sunday, October 28th. The following account of how Sergeant Marshall met his death is taken from a letter written to his parents from an officer: "On Sunday, October 28th, about 7.20 a.m., I was taking my section to an appointed task. About 100 yards ahead some ten men of the Warwicks were coming towards us. In the rear was the Sergeant (your son). Many German shells were dropping around us, when suddenly one of the 4.1 shells landed probably 3 ft. in front of the sergeant and exploded. When we reached the spot we saw your son lying on the ground. He was wounded in the leg, chest and arms. We did what we could, placing him on a stretcher, with the idea of taking him to the dressing station. However, the shock had been too great, and he died about four minutes after being hit." The officer gave a fine tribute to the departed soldier: "Your son died the death of a true man, and of a soldier doing his duty." All who knew him will feel very deeply his death on the field of battle, and will unite in true sympathy with the bereaved parents. Sergeant Marshall is buried at the Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.
Coleshill Chronicle 27th May 1916 “At the regimental sports of the 16th Royal Warwickshires (City Battalion) recently held in France, Pte. P. Marshall won the prize for the champion bomb thrower of the battalion. Pte. Marshall, who is only 19 years of age, is a son of Mr. Marshall, wheelright, Coleshill, who has another son serving King and Country.”
Coleshill Chronicle 21st October 1916 LOCAL PARAGRAPHS Mr and Mrs W E Marshall, of Coleshill, have received an intimation that their son, Private P. Marshall, Birmingham City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, has been promoted to Sergeant for meritorious services on the field. Sergeant Marshall’s many friends will be glad to hear of his success and promotion.
Coleshill Chronicle 13th January 1917 Local Paragraphs Sergt. P. Marshall, younger son of Mr and Mrs W. E. Marshall, Coleshill, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (Birmingham City Battalion) is over on leave from the trenches in France.
Sergeant Marshall is also remembered on the Memorial in The Coleshill School.