Private 4433 2nd Protection Company Royal Defence Corps
Henry Marshall was born in Seale, the son of Henry and Kathleen Marshall.
His Army Pension Record records that he enlisted in Aldershot in 1874 in the 19th Brigade aged 18. His regimental number was 196 (later 2046), and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that he served in the Zulu Campaign. The census records that he was in Millbank Military Prison in 1881.
Henry married Sarah Florence Turner in 1882, and in 1891 they were living in Seale.
He re-enlisted 3 November 1914, in Guard Company 5th (Reserve) Battalion The Queen’s. His regimental number was 3591, 20348, 363 and finally 4433. His address was given as Yew Tree Villas in Tongham. In February 1915 he was in hospital at Walton on Thames suffering from pneumonia and he was discharged in September 1916 as he was no longer physically fit. His papers note that he was evidently older at the time of re-enlistment than he had stated.
The Surrey and Hants News 17 May 1917 reported the sudden death of the veteran of the Zulu war in the street on Friday evening. An inquest was held in the Institute Tongham, and his widow Florence lived in Yew Tree Cottage. He was an old soldier who held the Zulu medal and had joined up again in 1914 and been put in the National Reserve, now the Royal Defence Corps. After he was discharged he had been a munition worker. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had died of an aneurism of the aorta.
The Surrey and Hants News 24 May 1917 reported that Mr Marshall was given a semi-military funeral. The coffin, enveloped in a Union Jack, was borne to Seale Churchyard on a gun carriage furnished by the Royal Artillery, his old regiment, and the bearers were men of the Royal Defence Corps. Reverend AR Wiseman, Rector of Seale, officiated. Mr Allright represented the firm of Messrs Burney and Blackburne, his employers, and Mr Mattie represented his fellow workmen. A beautiful wreathe was sent by the company and workers. The local troop of Boy Scouts followed. Mr Marshall took a great interest in them, and was shortly expecting his paper as an instructor of their ambulance section.