MARSHALL, William John

1st World War
Date of Birth
Date Attested
Attested at
Richards Landing - Ontario
Regimental Number
Date of Death
Age at Death
24 years 11 months
Biographical Summary

DIVISIONAL UNIT:     3rd Canadian Infantry Division                                                                                                                                             9th Infantry Brigade                                                                                                                                                               52nd Battalion - New Ontario                                                                                                                                               Canadian Infantry Corps                                                                                              RESIDENCE:             Richards Landing - Ontario                                                                                                      BORN:                       Glenannon - Turnberry Township - County of Huron - Ontario                                        MEMORIAL:               Vimy Memorial - Vimy - Pas de Calais - France                                                                    FATHER:                    Mr. William Marshall - Glenannon - Ontario                                                                          Personal:                   His height was 5'  9" and his weight was 155 pounds. He had a dark complexion with blue eyes                                      and black hair. He was raised in the Methodist faith and he earned his living as a farmer.

Private Marshall departed from the shores of Canada on August 8, 1916 on the SS Metagama and arrived in Liverpool on August 19, 1916. He then transferred to the 52nd Battalion based at Bramshott - Hampshire on December 5th. One day later he went overseas into France and is Taken on Strength by the 52nd Battalion.              Private Marshall was on the front lines with his Battalion by January 1, 1917 and for the next 9 months he experienced very heavy fighting.                                                                                                                                      The 52nd Battalion was getting ready to advance at 12:30 am on the morning of September 4, 1917 and their objectives were Cinabar Trench, Nabob Alley and Nun's Alley.                                                               Private Marshall lost his life shortly after the Battalion had reached their "jumping off" trench and prior to zero hour and the upcoming battle the 52nd would be involved in. Private Marshall was located in the trenches north of Lens on the night of September 3, 1917 , at which time he was struck by enemy rifle which resulted in his death a short time later.