Marshall, John Esmond

Marshall, John Esmond

Sub-Lieutenant (A)

HMS Ringtail, Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 13 February 1944 (aged 23)


Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension Section D Grave 30)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington

New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum


Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Esmond Marshall was a son of Henry Horace (Harry) Marshall who was born on 7 September 1889, and Constance Marshall (nee Hill) who was born in 1889.  They were married in 1915 and lived at 58 The Terrace, Thames in Auckland, New Zealand.  They had four children – John Esmond, Owen Harding, Alfred Warwick, and Maurice Lane.

John Esmond Marshall was stationed at RNAS Burscough (HMS Ringtail) in Lancashire and in February 1944 he was based at Ballyhalbert with 894 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm.  On 13 February 1944 he was flying a Supermarine Seafire aircraft (the naval equivalent of the Supermarine Spitfire which was adapted for operation from aircraft carriers) when it crashed into the sea one mile south of Mew Island (one of the Copeland Islands off Donaghadee).

Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Esmond Marshall (aged 23) was killed, and his body was later recovered and brought ashore in a pinnace from 57 Air Sea Rescue Marine Craft Unit (ASRMCU), Donaghadee.  He was buried on 17 February 1944 in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension).

Sub-Lieutenant (A) John Esmond Marshall is commemorated on the New Zealand National War Memorial in Wellington and on the New Zealand Cenotaph Database in Auckland War Memorial Museum.

His mother died in 1968 and his father died on 11 August 1975.