The War Memorial in Marske
TIM THE TRANSCRIPTION
The Memorial is near the door to St. Edmund's Church. The cross is inscribed:
IN MEMORY OF
G E USHER
WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
Inside the church, these men are commemorated on a plaque:
THIS SCROLL HAS BEEN ERECTED BY
FRIENDS AND FELLOW PARISHONERS
IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF THOSE
WHO FROM THIS PARISH VOLUNTEERED
TO SERVE THEIR KING AND COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR 1914 - 1918
KILLED IN ACTION
GEORGE EDWARD USHER
SERVED IN HM FORCES
WILLIAM J BUSBY WILLIAM FOSKEW
JAMES HAYKIN WILSON V HARDAKER
GEORGE G HARDAKER ROBERT S HARDAKER
JOHN J HODGSON PETER JOHNSTONE
JOHN PETTY GEORGE E PETTY
ROBERT H PETTY FRANK PLEWS
LAWRENCE THOMPSON WILLIAM THORNTON
A Copper Plaque inscribed
IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF
DAVID HENRY ATKINSON BA
FLYING OFFICER RAF VR
KILLED IN ACTION 23 SEPTEMBER 1944
AGED 23 YEARS
TIM THE FALLEN
Those who Fell in WW1
Sergeant. 5th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own, (Yorkshire Regiment), 150 Brigade, 50th Division. Army no 2395.
He died whilst on active service on 1 March 1917. He was 28.
He was the son of Samuel and Mary Atkinson, Londesborough Park, near Market Weighton.
He is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Tréport.
Private, 4th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 150 Brigade, 50th Division. Army no 2861.
He was killed in action on 14 February 1916. He was 22.
He was the son of Jacob and the late Agnes Hodgson, Skelton Marske.
He is remembered on The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.
USHER, George Edward
Private, 4th (Hallamshire) Battalion TF, The York and Lancaster Regiment, 148 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no 6547. He also served as Private, Army no 2393 with Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment).
He was killed in action on 7 September 1916 on the battlefields of the Somme. He was 18.
He was the son of Robert and Margaret Usher, Keeper's Lodge, Todmorstones, Drake Hill, Bingley.
He is remembered on The Thiepval Memorial.
Those who Fell in WW1 who are not on the memorial
WILSON, John Christopher
Private, 1st/6th Battalion, The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), 147 Brigade, 49th Division. Army no 33973.
He was killed in action on Friday 1 November 1918 during the Battle of Valenciennes. He was 19 and born in Marske.
He was the son of Nathan H and Alice M Wilson, 30 Whingate Avenue, Armley, Leeds.
He is buried in Preseau Communal Cemetery Extension
Those who Fell in WW2 who are not on the memorial
ATKINSON, David Henry
Flying Officer, 570 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 133788.
He was killed on active service on Saturday 23 September 1944. He was 23
He was the son of Charles and Dorothy L Atkinson, Marske.
He is buried in Oosterbeek War Cemetery, Arnhem and his headstone is inscribed A soul so fiery sweet lives and loves and works through all eternity.
He died on Day 7 of Operation Market Garden which was the attempt to cross the Rhine at Arnhem. His squadron was tasked with towing gliders. His aircraft was LJ883 Stirling IV.
The aircraft’s crew had just finished dropping its load and the aircraft was at 500 feet when it was struck by AA fire and a serious blaze started in the port wing. The aircraft continued to descend and struck the ground, causing the rear turret to break off which probably saved the gunner’s life because only he and a despatcher survived.
HALL, Albert Frederick
Sergeant, 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force. RAFVR no 2218394.
He was killed on active service on Sunday 15 October 1944. He was 21.
He was the son of George and Mary Hall, Marske.
He is buried in Laastrup Churchyard, Denmark.
Lancaster I, LM208 EM-M took off from RAF Spilsby at 18.38 hours tasked with laying mines in Danish waters. The aircraft was attacked by a night-fighter and exploded near Laastrup killing all 7 of the crew.