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MARSTOW WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and Copyright © Sian Watson 2018

The Marstow war memorial is to be found within the church of St Matthew, Marstow, Ross-on-Wye. It takes the form of a white marble, rectangular, tablet with a moulded frame and the inscription and names listed in black lettering; the names are surrounded by a laurel wreath topped with a crown and Lation cross. There are three names listed for World War 1 only.

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
FOND MEMORY OF THE MEN OF
MARSTOW WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR KING AND COUNTRY IN THE WAR
1914 - 1918

BUBB Alfred J
Lance Corporal 17232, 1st Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 29 May 1917. Aged 20. Born Glewstone, Herefordshire, resident Ross, Herefordshire, enlisted Hereford. Brother of William Bubb, of 105, Trealaw Rd., Trealaw, Dinas (Rhondda), Glamorganshire. Buried in PHILOSOPHE BRITISH CEMETERY, MAZINGARBE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row Q. Grave 23.
CLARKE Robert Shuttleworth
Captain (Temporary), 5th Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 25 September 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 47 and 49. There is also a memorial to him within the church in the form of a rectangular grey stone inscription tablet set within an ornate, broken-headed, frame with the badge of the Shropshire Light Infantry in relief at the top of the frame, an English rose at the base and a small garland that flanks the top of the inscription tablet (see below).

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918, Volume 2, page 71:

CLARKE, ROBERT SHUTTLEWORTH, Capt., D Coy., 5th (Service) Battn. The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry), s. of the Rev. William Shuttle-worth Clarke, M.A., Vicar of Marstow, Ross, Herefordshire. by his wife, Maria Brandram, dau. of Dr. Edmund Jones, of Mountcraig, Ross ; b. Marstow, co. Hereford, 22 April, 1890; educ. Oakshade Preparatory School, Reigate : Malvern College, and St. John's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1912); was a Master at The Golden Parsonage Preparatory School, near Hemel Hempstead ; volunteered on the outbreak of war, and enlisted as a Prvate 25 Aug. 1914 ; was given a commission and gazetted 2nd Lieut. 7 Sept. 1914, and promoted Lieut. 30 Nov. following, and Capt. 17 June, 1915 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 21 May, and died 25 Sept. 1915, from wounds received in action near Hooge. Buried by Trench H15 with eight of his men, a cross marking the spot. L.-Corpl. C. Kelcowyn wrote : "On Sept. 25 we were ordered to take two lines of trenches ; we advanced about dawn and captured the first line. Just then I was struck by a bursting shell. Captain Clarke was struck by the same shell. He was hit in several places. We crawled into the communication trench and lay there. Captain Clarke had his flask with him and he gave me some drink from it. He said,' Cheer up, lad,' and I think he died from loss of blood," and Sergt. F. Langford : "From the men who came out of the charge on the 25 Sept. and were near him at the time, I know how magnificently he fought,' and, without cant, he died a hero. That is how his memory is revered in this battalion." In the Athletic Sports at Cambridge in March, 1912, Clarke ran second to P. J. Baker in the Mile and won the Three Miles. In the Inter-University Sports of that year he represented Cambridge in the Mile, running second to A. N. S. Jackson, of Oxford. In 1913 he was President of the C.U.A.O., the first Captain of the Lady Margaret Boat Club to become so. In that year he again ran second to Jackson in the Mile. He was a " Cross Country Blue." He rowed three in the Lady Margaret Four which won the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley in 1913. On 6 March, 1915, in a six-mile cross-country race open to the 14th Division at Aldershot, Clarke was the first officer home, for which he received a Medal presented by H.M. Queen Mary. The 5th Battn. K.S.L.I. were placed second in this race to the 5th Battn. Oxford and Bucks L.I. On 3 April, in a Relay race of four miles, the position of the battalions was reversed, and the Team of the 5th K.S.L.I., consisting of Lieut. R.S. Clarke, Lieut. H. G. Booker, and Privates Edwards and Stuart, were placed first, receiving medals. On 13 April Lieut Clarke won the Silver Cup for the Mile open to Aldershot Command. Capt. R. S. Clarke was the winner of 55 prizes in all—i.e., five at Oakshade Preparatory School, 11 at Malvern College, where he was Champion Athlete in 1909, 34 at Cambridge, one while at Hemel Hempstead and four at Aldershot ; unm.

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
ROBERT SHUTTLEWORTH CLARKE,
CAPTAIN, KINGS SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY,
WHO AT 25 YEARS OF AGE,
FELL BEFORE HIS TIME, BUT AS A
SOLDIER SHOULD, & FOR HIS COUNTRY.
THIS TABLET, THE PEOPLE AND OTHER FRIENDS, SET UP
IN THE SURE & CERTAIN HOPE
THAT AS HE WAS FAITHFUL IN DEATH
ALMIGHTY GOD WILL GIVE HIM
THE CROWN OF LIFE.
HE DIED IN ACTION NEAR HOOGE, SEPT: 25TH A1915D

"THE LAND THEY LOVED SHALL WEAR
THE FADELESS CROWN
HER WARRIORS GAVE HER
WHEN WRAPPED IN DEATH'S DARK CLOUD
THEY LAID THEM DOWN
DYING TO SAVE HER."
SIMONIDES 556 B.C.
TURBILL Thomas
[Listed as 7th Battalion, KOSLI] Private 239074, Herefordshire Regiment attached to 1st Battalion, King's (Shropshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 13 August 1918. Aged 36. Resident Ross-On-Wye, enlisted Hereford. Son of the late William Turbill, of Little Cowarne, Pencombe, Bromyard; husband of Alice Kate Turbill, of 2, Mabelthorpe Place, Weston Grove, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 154.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

ECCLUS.44.14.

Last updated 14 July, 2018

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