Marshall, Robert (Bobby)
No. 700864, 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
Died of wounds on Thursday 8 August 1918 (aged 26)
Crouy British Cemetery, France (Grave IV. C. 2)
Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)
Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance
Comber and District War Memorial
First Comber Presbyterian Church
Robert Marshall was born on 6 October 1891 in Gransha and he was the third son of Robert and Anna Marshall (nee Marshall) who were married on 29 March 1878 in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church. Robert Marshall from Ballymorran was a son of Michael Marshall, a labourer. Anna Marshall from Ballymacreely was a daughter of John Marshall, a labourer.
The Marshall family lived in Belfast, in Fox Street and Huston Street and in the townlands of Ballymacreely, Ballystockart, Gransha and Ballylisbraiden.
Robert Marshall Senior worked as a carrier in Belfast before moving to Ballystockart where he was a farmer. He and Anna had eight children including:
Catherine (born 19 July 1881 in Ballymacreely)
Thomas (born 22 January 1884 in Ballymacreely)
Anna (born 21 October 1886 at 39 Fox Street, Belfast)
Martha (Meta, born 23 March 1889 in Ballystockart)
Robert (born 6 October 1891 in Gransha)
William James (born 24 July 1894 in Gransha)
David John (born 21 May 1897 in Ballylisbraiden)
Robert Marshall was baptised in First Comber Presbyterian Church.
He worked as a farmer both before and after he moved to Canada.
On 14 April 1913 he sailed on the Letitia from Glasgow to St John in New Brunswick. In Canada he lived at 667 Simcoe Street, Winnipeg.
Robert Marshall enlisted on 18 January 1916 in Winnipeg and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 6½ inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Private Robert Marshall (No. 700864) served with the 43rd Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment) and he was 26 when he died of head wounds in 47 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS), France on 8 August 1918. In his will he left all his property and effects to his mother.
Private Robert Marshall (No. 700864) was buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France and he is commemorated on Comber and District War Memorial and in First Comber Presbyterian Church.