William Thomas Marshall

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William Thomas Marshall
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 5 December 1854
Newark, Nottinghamshire
Died 11 September 1920 (aged 65)
Kirkcaldy, Fife
Buried at Bennochy Road Cemetery, Kirkcaldy
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1873–1907
Rank Lieutenant-Colonel
Unit 19th Hussars
Battles/wars 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Mahdist War
Second Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross

Lieutenant-Colonel William Thomas Marshall VC (5 December 1854 – 11 September 1920) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

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Marshall was 29 years old, and a quartermaster-sergeant in the 19th Hussars, British Army during the Mahdist War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 29 February 1884 at Battle of El Teb, Sudan, the Commanding Officer of the 19th Hussars, Lt. Col. Percy Barrow, was severely wounded, his horse was killed and he was on the ground surrounded by the enemy. Quartermaster-Sergeant Marshall, rode to his assistance, seized his hand and dragged him through the enemy back to the regiment, saving him from certain death.[1]

He became quartermaster in the regiment on 20 January 1885, and was promoted to Honorary captain on 20 January 1895. In 1902 he was acting quartermaster of the 2nd Provisional Regiment of Dragoons. In 1905, as a major, he became Camp Quartermaster of Aldershot. He retired in 1907. In 1918 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel.

His Victoria Cross is displayed in The Light Dragoons (15th/19th King's Royal Hussars) Museum Collection at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 25356". The London Gazette. 21 May 1884. p. 2278.