Stanley Thomas Marsh Knowles

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 34210
Died: 11th August 1918, aged 21 years
Commemorated: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France

 

 

Stanley was the youngest of 4 siblings born to Thomas and Lilly Ruth Knowles (nee Marsh), who married in Southampton in 1888.

The family lived for many years at 78 Derby Road, St. Mary’s.

 

Thomas, a joiner, was born in Settle, Yorkshire on 28 May 1856. He died in Southampton in 1925.

Lilly was born in the city in 1862 and she passed away in 1938.

 

Siblings 

Sidney Marsh   b. 25 May 1891 St. Mary’s   d. 27 March 1918 France   Marreid May Alderton in Southampton in 1915.  See separate story.

Ethel Elizabeth Marsh   b. 1894 St. Mary’s   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Henry W. Norman in Southampton in 1927.

George Richard Marsh   b. 1895 St. Mary’s   d. 1966 Southampton

Stanley Thomas Marsh

 

 

Stanley originally attested into the Hampshire Regiment (#2308); it is not known when or why he transferred.

 

The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.

The battalion landed at Le Havre on 16 August 1914, and proceeded to fight in all the major battles in France and Flanders.

 

Stanley died during the Battle of Amiens, which began on 8 August 1918.

It was the opening phase of the Allied offensive later known as the Hundred Days Offensive, that ultimately led to the end of the war.

 

The Memorial bears the names of over 9,000 men who fell in the period from 8 August to the date of the Armistice in the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois, and have no known grave.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016
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