Merrill Augustus Marshall

This photo was taken while serving with the 82nd Regiment, Canadian Militia

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 4, 1896

Born at Charlottetown Prince Edward Island


May 1, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Charlottetown Prince Edward Island 

Ø      Number 444330

Ø      Next of kin given as James Marshal, father, of Cove Head, Prince Edward Island

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 82nd Regiment, Canadian Militia with the rank of Sergeant

Ø      Religion given as Church of Christ

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The initial training for the Battalion was done at Sussex New Brunswick


Jul 2, 1915

Admitted to the Camp Sussex Hospital diagnosed with Grippe


Jul 7, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to Bramshott


Jan 12, 1916

Admonished for being absent from the 6 pm Tattoo and fined 2 days pay ($2.20)


Apr 7, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Signals Base with the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left the CBD to join his unit


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line in the Thelus Section, near Vimy Ridge and was assigned to the Signals Section


Apr 9, 1917

Pte Marshall was killed during the advance on Vimy Ridge

As recorded above, he was buried near where he fell and his grave was noted and registered.  Following the war when it came time to consolidate all of the trench burials into cemeteries, his remains could not be located.  This was most likely a result of continuous artillery fire for the remainder of the war churning the ground and obliterating the graves.  In 1929 the family was notified that his remains could not be located and his name was to be commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

Post war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs James L Marshall, at Cove Head Road, Prince Edward Island. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James Marshall, at the same address


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