Pte
Wilfred George Marshall

Information about birth

Date of birth:
02/07/1881
Place of birth:
Gundagai, New South Wales, Australia

General information

last known residence:
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Profession:
Labourer

Army information

Country:
Australia
Force:
Australian Imperial Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
4277
Enlistment date:
16/05/1916
Enlistment place:
Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Units:
 —  Australian Infantry, 30th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
23/10/1917
Place of death:
Anzac Ridge, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
36

Cemetery

Aeroplane Cemetery
Plot: II
Row: A
Grave: 21

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

Additional information

Wilfred George Marshall, a labourer, of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, enlisted in May 1916. In March 1917 he was taken on by the 30th Battalion of the Australian Infantry.

On 23 October 1917 his unit was engaged, in what would be known as the Battle of Passchendaele. The 30th Battalion was in support at Anzac Ridge, to the southwest of Zonnebeke, when a shell landed on Wilfred’s dugout. Wilfred is killed immediately and buried nearby. Three of his comrades, who were also in the dugout, were buried next to him; Frank Thomas Grant, 20, Benjamin Sanderson, 28, and John Albert James Hyde, 21.

Wilfred, 36, left a wife, Mary Ann, two infant sons and two stepchildren. In 1919 his remains were reinterred in Aeroplane Cemetery, between Zonnebeke and Ypres.

Sources 2

Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries (Australian War Memorial, Canberra (AWM), AWM4 23/47/27 - October 1917).
https://www.awm.gov.au/
Sources used
First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920 (National Archives of Australia, Canberra (NAA), B2455).
https://www.naa.gov.au/
Sources used

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