Calling All Britons – Looking for Descendants of Gallipoli Veteran James MARSHALL of the West Yorkshire Regiment – Victory Medal to be returned for Centenary of First World War
A First World War medal of Private James MARSHALL, Service Number 11206 has be purchased on ebay by Medals Gone Missing. This missing war medal, a 1914-1918 Victory Medal awarded for service during the Great War is impressed with his name, service number and unit. Private James MARSHALL served with the 9th (Service) Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and took part in the Gallipoli campaign during 1915.
IMAGE RIGHT : Victory Medal of Private James MARSHALL of the West Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action at Suvla on the Gallipoli peninsula during 1915.
Yorkshire troops landed in the Suvla area as part of the August offensive, 1915. They were involved in some of the heavy fighting at Scimitar Hill and sadly, James MARSHALL lost his life on the 9th of August. According to the CWGC (Commonwealth War Grave Commission) records, James has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Helles Memorial.
IMAGE LEFT : Snipping from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website, showing the details of James MARSHALL who was killed during August fighting on Gallipoli and his name is recorded on the Helles Memorial.
James MARSHALL was the husband of Mary Eliza Marshall, of 146, Woodbine Avenue, Wallsend-on-Tyne. In accordance with the Centenary of the First World War, it is hoped that his descendants can be found.
IMAGE RIGHT : Missing First World War Victory Medal awarded posthumously to 11206 Private James MARSHALL of Wallsend-on-Tyne.
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