Pioneer Eugene Marshall, Christmas 1916

Title in English
A Christmas 1916 tragedy

Description
In December 1916 my grandfather, Eugene Marshall was a member of 9th Field Coy., Royal Engineers. Originally from Leicester he had moved to Warrington, Lancashire where he met and married my grandmother, Ellen Wycherley. In 1916 he was stationed with his company, part of the IV Division somewhere in the region of the French towns of Bapaume and Peronne which were still in German hands although the front line had been pushed out towards them between July and November, during the battle of the Somme. As Christmas was near Eugene sent my grandmother a IV Division Chrstmas card and wrote in it, "from Gene in the trenches with love to Nellie." Shortly after receiving this card my grandmother must have received notification that Eugene had been killed on 21st December. There were 4 daughters in the family but early in 1917 a fifth daughter was born who was named Eugenia. Eugene was buried in the cemetery in Sailly-Saillisel, a small village on the road between Bapaume and Peronne. In 1928 my grandmother went on a visit organised for relatives of the dead by The British Legion to the British Cemeteries where she and others took many photographs.

Summary description of items
a) Photograph of Eugene Marshall (front, right sitting holding a spanner) with his comrades b) Christmas card sent by Eugene Marshall to his wife Ellen c) Exract from the War Graves register for Sailly-Saillisel, Morval and Rancourt cemeteries d) 1928 Photograph of Ellen Marshall next to Eugene's grave e) Identification or so called 'Dog'tag, regimental badges and souvenir badge of the British Legion visit f) Ypres souvenir in the form of a silver 'book' with photographs of Ypres given by Eugene to Ellen.

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ID
3999
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Number of items
6
Person 1
Eugene Marshall
Person 2
Ellen Marshall nee Wycherley
Origin date
Dec, 1916 – 1928
Language
English
Keyword
Remembrance
Theatre
Western Front
Location
Sailly-Saillisel, France
Contributor
Ian Birchenough
Licence
http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
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    Souvenir from Ypres

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    Pnr Eugene Marshall's Badges

    Pnr Eugene Marshall's Badges

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    Ellen Marshall at the grave of Eugene in 1928

    Ellen Marshall at the grave of Eugene in 1928

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    British War Graves Entry

    British War Graves Entry

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    Pnr Eugene Marshall, Christmas 1916

    Pnr Eugene Marshall, Christmas 1916

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    Pnr Eugene Marshall at work

    Pnr Eugene Marshall at work

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    Pioneer Eugene Marshall, Christmas 1916

    Pioneer Eugene Marshall, Christmas 1916

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