Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill Park; Thiepval Memorial
Children: Clara, Joseph, Jennie
Regiment: West Yorkshire
John Marsden was born on the 24th July 1885 in Bradford the fourth of five children of John Marsden and Sarah Ann, nee Hudson.By 1891 the family were living in Charnwood Road, Eccleshill and they were still there in 1901 with 15-year-old John working as a millhand in worsted spinning.On the 1st of December 1906 at St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill, John married Mary Jane Child, 22 years of age, a weaver of 10 Haigh Hall Road, Greengates and the daughter of Thomas Child, an engine driver. John was 21 years of age, a millhand of 17 Charnwood Road. They went to live in Calverley where two
children were born, Clara in 1908 and Joseph in 1909. By 1911 the family had returned to live in Eccleshill at 19 Chapel Walk and John was working as a worsted millhand . Another child was born to them, Jennie in 1916.John enlisted on the 19th December 1914 as Private 17/429 in the 17th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. This Battalion was raised in Leeds in December 1914 as a bantam battalion from men who were under the normal minimum height of 5 foot 3 inches. They went to France on the 1st of February 1916 landing at Le Havre and concentrated on the area east of St Omer.
John’s Regiment was in action during the Battles of the Somme fighting at Bazentin Ridge from the 14th to the 17th of July and also at Arrow Head Copse, Maltz Horn Farm and Falfemont Farm and it was during one of these battles that he was killed in action on the 30th July 1916. He was 31 years of age.John is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial which records the names of men who fell on the Somme Battlefields but who have no known graves.He left his effects to his widow Mary who received £2.14.1d on the 6th December 1916 and a War Gratuity of £7.0.0d on the 23rd September 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks