Private William Marsh

Private William John Marsh, 22nd Battalion ( 3rd Tyneside Scottish ), Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed by shellfire in Belgium on 16th October 1917, aged 34, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was the husband of Mary Marsh of 35 Chapel Street, Berwick and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Flanders, Belgium. At that time the Battalion was holding front line trenches in the Pilkem sector of the Ypres Salient. The photographs gives some idea of the awful condition of the Flanders battlefield. The incessant shelling had destroyed the fragile Flanders drainage systems and turned the ground into a desolate quagmire in the autumnal rains.

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