Ted Marston (1894-1918)

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.


Ted Marston was born on 13 August 1894.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

MARSTON, F. Private. No 263011. 1/4th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Son of the late Mr S. and Mrs Marston of Holme, Holmfirth. Educated Holme Day School and was also a scholar at the Sunday School. Employed by Messrs Whiteley and Green, Hinchliffe Mill. Enlisted August 1916. Taken prisoner by the Germans on 14.8.1918. Died whilst a Prisoner of War on 21.10.1918, aged 24 years. Buried GLAGEON COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 2, Row C, Grave 7.
ROH:- Holme and Holmbridge War Memorial.

Lives of the First World War

The following section is reproduced from the Imperial War Musuems' Lives of the First World War site under the terms of the IWM Non-Commercial Licence.

Ted Marston was born on 13 August 1894 in Farnley, Yorkshire, the second son and fifth child of farmer Sam Marston and his wife Agnes who had eleven children in all. By the time of the 1911 census, the family had moved to Meal Hill, Holme and Ted aged 16 was working as a piecener.

In civil records and on the two war memorials, his forename is recorded as Ted but in military records, his forename is recorded as Fred. We believe the civil records are correct.

The book Huddersfield’s Roll of Honour agrees his parentage, stating that Ted enlisted August 1916, was taken prisoner by the Germans on 14 August 1918 and died whilst a prisoner of war on 21 October 1918 aged 24 years. We have found no record of this in the ICRC archives. The website Forces War Records states that he died in Germany; according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission he is buried at Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. However, the village was in German occupation for virtually the whole war.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission