Archibald Marsden, Private 67543, 1st/5th Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Killed in action 20th July 1918 in France, aged 19
Archibald Marsden was born in Macclesfield in 1898, the son of Mary Emily and John William Marsden, a farmer of Moss Lane, Macclesfield.
Archibald joined the 5th battalion of the Devonshire Regt with service number 67543 and was drafted first to Egypt. In May 1918 he moved with his battalion to the Western Front, where he lost his life on the first day of the 2nd Battle of the Marne on 20 July 1918.
On 9 August 1918, the Macclesfield Times reported that Private Marsden had been killed in action:
KILLED – News was received on Wednesday last that Pte Archibald Marsden, Devonshire Regt, whose home is in London Road, Macclesfield, was killed in France on July 20th. He was recently transferred from Egypt to the Western Front. Pte Marsden was 19 years of age and before joining the Army was employed by Messrs Gorton and Wilson as an apprentice brick setter. He was educated at St George’s School and attended the Sunday School and Church
A brother, Pte John William Marsden, Royal Field Artillery, is serving in France.
Private Archibald Marsden is buried at the Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne, France, in grave ref. III. G. 10. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Archibald Marsden, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Archibald Marsden is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St George’s Church war memorials, and on the Sutton St James’ Church and Walker Lane war memorials. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21 September 1921 included one with the words “In very loving memory of Archibald Marsden, from his affectionate father, mother, and Will.”
Brother of John William Marsden, who served as Gunner 115952 with the Royal Field Artillery.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Macclesfield Times: 9 August 1918
Macclesfield Courier: 21 September 1921