David William Marston (c.1875-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

David William Marston is named on the First World War memorial in St. Cuthbert's Church, Birkby, although his link to the church remains uncertain.


He is believed to have been born in Hartford, U.S.A., the son of British-born gardener Charles Henry Marston.

By the 1890s, he was working as a shoe shop manager in Bradford.

He married Gertrude Eliza Watson, the daughter of engineer Robert Watson, on 5 September 1899 at St. Stephen's Church, Rashcliffe. Both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses list the couple living on Lister Avenue, Bradford.

Prior to serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, it is believed he served in the Army Pay Corps (service number 1660).

Commonwealth War Graves Commission