Herbert Sherwood Marsh

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Herbert Sherwood Marsh
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Courtesy Pam Leunig
Personal Information
Date of Birth 15 Jul 1892
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 6 Apr 1978, aged 85
Place of Death Como, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 23 years, 6 months
Description 5' 9" (1.75m) tall ; 126 lbs
57.153 kg
; tanned complexion ; blue eyes ; light brown hair
Occupation Farmer
Religion Methodist
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Nr John Sherwood Marsh
Military Information
Reg Number 2883
Date of Enlistment 20 Mar 1916
Rank Trooper
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, 20th Reinforcements / ANZ Mounted Division
Date of Embarkation 31 Jul 1916 ‒ 24 Aug 1916
Ship Embarked On RMS Mongolia
Date of Return 10 Jul 1919 ‒ 4 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On SS Oxfordshire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument none currently
Armadale Congregational Church Honour Board
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

The only son and eldest of four children born to Alice Butcher who was he first wife for John (Jack) Sherwood Marsh. (Alice died young aged 30 - and was buried at St Mary in the Valley, Kelmscott. John Sherwood remarried in 1901 to Mary Florence Plant. They later settled in Northam having increased the family by another 2 girls.

Herbert married Myrtle Edith Bechtel in Beverley in 1916 before going overseas. Myrtle died on 29 Oct 1967 in South Perth aged 73

War Service

Entered the Claremont camp on 31 Mar 1916 and trained initially with the 19th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment. On 9 Jun 1916 was transferred to the 20th draft, and travelled with them to Egypt.

On arrival in Moascar, Egypt, Herbert was placed in the isolation camp on 25 Aug 1916 and kept there until 23 Sep 1916 when he joined the Light Horse training unit. He finally joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment in the field on 23 Oct 1916 at Hod el Amara and spent the next month with them near Romani.

In Feb 1917 he was ill with lumbago for a week being treated by the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance, and then again on 10 Apr 1917, this time in the 14th Australian General Hospital with cystitis until 22 Aug 1917. While he returned to his unit on 26 Sep 1917, it was not long before he was again in hospital on 4 Oct 1917, this time with malaria. Several malarial relapses followed and he spent most of the war in poor health.

Discharged 5th Military District 21 Nov 1919

The 1917 Feb-Mar edition of The Drill of the Foot-Hills mentions his name only, no details.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1916 farmer at West Dale; 1925 Northam, farmer; 1926 a station hand at Norseman; (Myrtle, not with him); 1931 - 1968 at 29 Swan street, South Perth, collar maker; Son Fred Sherwood Marsh (b. 22 Nov 1924)who was a teacher was with them in 1968; 1972 -1977 at 77 Edgecumbe street Como with Fred and Joan Dorothy.

Fred Sherwood Marsh served from 30 Jan 1943 until 28 Feb 1946 in the RAAF as a Warrant Officer during WW2 with Reg No 436526


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