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Corporal Lionel Bertie Marlow

15078 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Son of Mr John R & Mrs Mary A Marlow
Husband of Violetta

Aged 25 years

Died 4th March 1917

Commemorated at Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand
Grave VII. E.8.
and in Rushden Cemetery
Grave E.694.
Born at Kettering, enlisted at Northampton
His parents came to Rushden from Kettering, and lived at 21 Little Street. They had four boys and two girls: Alfred, Mary, Lionel B, Lily, Robert G and Ernest. His name is also on the Railway Roll of Honour.
The Rushden Echo Friday 17 December 1915, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Wounded in the Head

News has been received in Rushden that Lce-Corpl L Marlow (Rushden), of the 4th Northants, was wounded last week in the head and is now in Woolwich Hospital progressing favourably. He has been in France nine months, and was due to be given leave when he received his wound. He was a Midland Railway employee in Rushden.

The Rushden Echo Friday 16 March 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Railwayman Killed - Lance-Corpl L Marlow Struck in the Head by Shrapnel

News has been received that Corpl L Marlow, son of Mr and Mrs Marlow, Little-street, Rushden, has been killed in action. The news was received by his wife, who resides with her mother, at 32 Sartoris-road, Rushden, through the medium of a letter from one of her husband's comrades. Lance-Corpl Marlow was killed on March 4th in the early hours of the morning. He says:

"Just as we reached our objective, your husband was hit in the head by a piece of shell, and was killed instantly. Myself and three others managed to bury him in the evening time, and hope to put up a cross."

On his own behalf and that of the company and NCOs he expressed sympathy with Mrs Marlow in her bereavement, and added, "He was a friend to us all."

The late Corpl Marlow had previously been wounded, having received an injury to the head by shrapnel about nine months ago. He then made a good recovery and returned to active service.

He was a brother of Mrs Charles Robinson, of High-street Rushden, and prior to enlistment had been in the employ of the Midland Railway Company for many years, being engaged as a checker in the goods yard. An all-round good fellow, he was greatly respected by his fellow employees, and was a member of the Railway staff's cricket club. He was also a keen footballer, and used to take part in the Good Friday matches, when the railwaymen played the postmen, policemen, etc. His period of service dated from practically the outbreak of war, as he was amongst the first to answer the call of duty. Much sympathy is felt with his widow and family in the grievous loss they had sustained.

Grave E.694The Rushden Echo Friday 15 March 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

In Memoriam

MARLOW - In loving memory of Lionel Bertie Marlow, who was killed March 4th, 1917.

Not now, but in the coming years,
It may be in the Better Land,
We'll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometimes, we'll understand.

From his sorrowing friends, Sergt W Neville, Branshott, and Mrs W Neville, Ont., Canada.

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