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Second Lieutenant Harry Cecil Marshall
« on: September 01, 2023, 22:33:24 pm »
Rank:Second Lieutenant
Date of Death:23/12/1917
Regiment/Service:Royal Flying Corps
Grave Reference:D. 339.
Additional Information:Son of William and Margaret F. Marshall, of 8, Woodcote Green, Epsom.

West Surrey Times - Friday 04 January 1918


The funeral took place on Saturday of Sec.-Lieut. Cecil Marshall, Woodcote Green, Epsom, who was accidentally killed at Netheravon during his first unaccompanied flight. Eighteen years of age, he was formerly a pupil at the Sutton County School, and a very promising lad, being also a member of the Christ Church Choir. The body was brought to Epsom on Saturday, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack and placed on a motor hearse. The cortege was preceded by a firing party and a number of officers from Netheravon, some of whom acted as bearers, about 50 men marching at the rear of the procession, together with the mourners.

Proceeding to Christ Church, a choral service was held, among those present being Lord Rosebery. Mr. Good (organist) played 'O rest in the Lord' as a voluntary both before and after the service, and suitable hymns were sung, the Nunc Dimitis being chanted as the body was borne out of the church. The Rev. H. A. Bowles officiated, both at the church and at the cemetery, a volley being fired over the grave and the 'Last Post' sounded. There was a number of beautiful wreaths, including one from Lord Rosebery and others from the officers and colleagues of deceased at Netheravon.
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Re: Second Lieutenant Harry Cecil Marshall
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2023, 10:49:43 am »
Died flying Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn B4743. The aircraft stalled, dived in and was destroyed completely.

An inquest was held by the South Wilts Coroner at Netheravon Military Hospital, on Monday, to enquire into the death of Harry Cecil Marshall, a second lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps, who was only 18 years of age.

Evidence of identification was given by Capt Kitchener, who said that he sent the young lieutenant up for his first solo flight on Sunday morning. He was sure he was quite competent.

Lieut Moody, stationed at Netheravon, said that at 9.30 he saw the machine nose diving but the spot where it crashed was hidden from him.

Following evidence that the rigging and controls were in order, Capt Blockley, RAMC, said that when Lieut Marshall was admitted to the Netheravon Military Hospital he was dead. Death was probably instantaneous.

A verdict of accidental death was returned.

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Re: Second Lieutenant Harry Cecil Marshall
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2023, 19:21:22 pm »
Harry Cecil Marshall
Born 1899 Epsom

In 1911 with parents William & Margaret, older siblings  Philip & Doris
At Woodcote Green, Epsom. Father & Brother were Domestic Gardeners. Sister a Dressmakers Apprentice

Soldiers Effects:- £ 4.8.07 & War Gratuity £8.10 to Mrs Mary Ann Isley(?)