Edward Marks


Apr 14, 1886

Born at Liverpool England 

From his daughter, Pat Blythe, recounted in 2009: 

At age 14 Edward was an apprentice marine engineer. Pat Blythe wrote: Dad sailed with the 'Boothe' Line in the Merchant Navy before WWI. As far as we knew he was an engineer and was employed as such on a Merchant Navy ship he sailed on pre WWI. He used to tell us of trips up the Amazon and seeing the little black children all with extended stomachs due to starvation, he could recognize the many ships in the River Mersey on the days when we went over to Liverpool to go shopping or he used to take me when he went on some shooting competition in Liverpool”.


Apr 11, 1907

Embarked the SS Canada at Liverpool England



Apr 20, 1907

Disembarked at Portland Maine, USA, and proceeded by train to Montreal Quebec.  From there, he made his way to Ottawa Ontario


Sep 12, 1907

Married to Emma M Foster at Hintonburgh Ontario (now part of the city of Ottawa)


Jun 28, 1912

His wife Emma passed away at 30 Spadina Ave, Ottawa Ontario from Pneumonia


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59637 (temporary number 828)

Ø      Appointed to the rank of Sergeant

Ø      Next of kin given as Henry T Marks (son) at 10 Salvage Cottages, Johnson St., Liverpool England

o       He was stated to be a widower

Ø      Previous occupation given as Building Contractor

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd Regt DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) and the 1st Liverpool VB KLR (1st Volunteer Battalion, King’s Liverpool Regiment)

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Oct 11, 1915

Proceeded on Musketry Course at Hythe School of Musketry.  Passed with distinction


Feb 7, 1916

Appointed to rank of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) to replace CQMS J Fee who was promoted


Mar 5, 1916

Granted a Commission, to be Temporary Lieutenant


Apr 11, 1916

During the week of April 11-18 the Battalion was involved in heavy fighting at the St Eloi Craters.  Below is part of a larger article that was printed in the Ottawa Journal




May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 2, 1916

At duty from leave


Jun 7, 1916

Admitted to Duchess of Westminster Hospital at Le Touquet with flat feet


Jun 8, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship SS Brighton


Admitted to Sir A Fripps Hospital, 17 Park Lane W., London England 

Posted to General List


Jun 10, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Aug 26, 1916

Remarried to Jessica Florence Gibson, address 10 Buckingham Rd., Brighton England


Nov 17, 1916

Medical Board declares him fit for service in England only for 3 months. 

Granted leave until December 17, 1916


Dec 19, 1916

Attached to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Hastings


Feb 14, 1917

Medical Board at Hastings finds 

Ø      Suffers from much pain on walking

Ø      Fit for Home Service (England) only, without marching

Ø      Will be unfit for at least 3 months


Mar 7, 1917

Ceases to be attached to CCAC and is attached to the NBRD (New Brunswick Regimental Depot) at Shoreham to be Adjutant


Mar 10, 1917

Appointed to rank of Temporary Captain while employed as Adjutant at NBRD


Nov 6, 1917 Medical Board at Seaford makes note of his Flat Feet, stating that his arches are completely broken down and unable to march for any distance.  It is noted that there has been no improvement since his last appearance before the Board.  The condition is determined to be permanent, and not caused by his military service.

He is declared fit for Home Service only


Dec 8, 1917

Relinquishes rank of Temp Capt and is reverted to rank of Lieutenant on being Seconded to the War Office for duty with the Ministry of Munitions


Apr 10, 1919

Ceases to be On Command to War Office and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the NBRD


Apr 26, 1919

Posted to 13th Reserve Battalion at Ripon


Jun 15, 1919

Posted to NBRD and placed On Command to HQ OMFC (Headquarters Overseas Military Force of Canada)


Jun 23, 1919

Ceases to be On Command OMFC on transfer to CEF in Canada 

Embarked the SS Grampian at Liverpool for Canada


Note:  On viewing the ship’s manifest, his wife and 3 children accompanied him on the ship  

TOS MD 5 (Military District No 5 for Eastern Quebec)


Jul 2, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF 

Ø      War Service Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 30 Spadina Ave., Ottawa Ontario 

Pat Blythe writes: "Jessica was not happy with the cold so the whole family returned to England to live with Jessica's mother in Wallasey, 14 Edinburgh Road."  

NOTE: No passenger record could be found on any website for this family returning to England. However, they must have returned in either 1920 or 1921 because the birth of their son, Alexander V. Marks, was registered at Birkenhead in March of1921.


Nov 27, 1925

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 14 Edinburgh Rd., Wallasey Cheshire, England. 

It appears that the medals were initially sent to 30 Spadina Ave., Ottawa Ontario, but returned. 

In England Edward was employed with an engineering firm in Bootle, Liverpool until the family moved to Spondon, Derbyshire in 1941 where he worked for the British Celenese Chemical Co.  This company made 'art silk' underwear before WWII but then converted to making parachutes for during the war.


May 20, 1974

Edward Marks passed away at Spondon Derbyshire England.  He was cremated 3 days later and his ashes were scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the Markeaton Crematorium, Derby, Derbyshire England


Thank you to Brenda Curtis for sharing her research for this tribute, and for permission to use the recollections of Edward Marks' daughter, Pat Blythe


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