Marr, James Douglas (No. 2717958)

Marr, James Douglas (Jim)

Sergeant

No. 2717958, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards

Died on active service on Tuesday 27 April 1943 (aged 28)

Buried:

Massicault War Cemetery, Tunisia (Grave II. M. 1)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Bangor and District War Memorial

Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s)

BIOGRAPHY

James Douglas Marr was born on 26 September 1916 in Mill Street, Ballymena and he was the youngest son of James Douglas Marr and Kathleen (Catherine) Marr (nee McCurdy, sometimes MacCurdy) who later lived at 101 Elmwood Drive, Bangor.  James Douglas Marr Senior was a boiler maker, Kathleen McCurdy was a confectioner, and they were married on 31 July 1912 in Kirkinriola Church of Ireland Church (St. Patrick’s), Ballymena.  They had at least two children:

John Douglas (born 17 May 1913 in Mill Street, Ballymena)

James Douglas (Jim, born 26 September 1916 in Mill Street, Ballymena)

After working for some time in Hooke’s Garage in Upper Main Street, Bangor, Jim Marr joined the Irish Guards on 10 April 1934 and, before the Second World War, he served two periods of duty in Egypt.  Jim Marr’s marriage to Annie E. Elliott was registered in the fourth quarter of 1939 in Marylebone, London and they had two children whose births were registered in Pontypridd, Wales – Anne Elizabeth E. (third quarter of 1940) and Rachel Catherine E. (first quarter of 1942).

During the war Jim Marr served in Norway and later in North Africa.  The 1st Battalion, Irish Guards arrived in Tunisia in March 1943 at a time when Allied Forces were intensifying pressure on the retreating Axis Forces.

Sergeant James Douglas (Jim) Marr (No. 2717958) was 28 when he died on 27 April 1943 as Allied Forces prepared for their final drive to Tunis.  There was a death notice in the 29 May 1943 edition of the County Down Spectator stating that Jim’s death was deeply regretted by his Brother Rover Scouts – R. Drury, R. Gillespie, G. Turnbull, Wm. I. McKinney, and P.W. McKinney.

Sergeant James Douglas (Jim) Marr (No. 2717958) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial and in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St. Comgall’s).  His brother John served with the Scots Guards and was wounded in action.