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marsdensmallOn 3rd August 1914, Henry Marsden enlisted in the Territorial Force and was posted in to the 4th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 151.

On 4th May 1915 Henry set sail with the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion for France. Just over a month later on 15th June 1915 he was wounded whilst attacking enemy positions between Rue d’Overt and Chapelle St. Roch.


Dog tag of Private Henry Marsden

Extracts from the Regimental History;

At 6pm on the 15th June the attack was launched by the 4th Loyal North Lancashire and the 6th Scottish Rifles.. The attack was at first successful; the west end of  the German salient was carried, and the attack pushed on to the main German line near the Rue d’Overt, and for a time the third German trench was occupied and held. Unfortunately the attack by the Division on the right of the 51st made little or no progress, and when night fell the 154th Brigade had penetrated the German line on a narrow front, but had both its flanks in the air. The attack consequently failed, but as stated in the Divisional History, “great praise is due to the 154th Infantry Brigade for their advance in the face of heavy artillery and close range rifle and machine gun fire. There is little doubt that had the operations on the flanks been successful, they would have had every prospect of holding their gains


Private Henry Marsden (first left, top row) at a convalescence hospital – location unknown

On 2nd December 1915, he was discharged from the Army as being sick. He was issued the Silver War Badge number 441380.


Silver War Badge, Henry Marsden

For his war service, Henry received the 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Unfortunately no further service records have survived.


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