• 1911 Occupation                  Ordinary Agricultural Labourer
  • Domicile                                3, Gripps Cottages, Cotgrave
  • Date of Birth                        1883
  • Kin                                         Husb of Annie May
  • Regiment                              1/1 Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (South Notts Hussars)
  • Division                                 2nd Mounted Division
  • Brigade                                 7th Mounted Brigade
  • Service Number                  1069
  • Rank                                      Pte
  • Date of Death                        9 Dec 1916
  • Age at Death                         33
  • CWGC Detail                        Cotgrave Cemetry, B30

The name Herbert Marshall appears on the Cotgrave War Memorial and on the memorial board in All Saints Church Cotgrave. His gravestone is in Cotgrave cemetery.
At the age of 18 Herbert lived in Bournemouth where he worked as a domestic groom at the boarding house of Miss Elizabeth Ager. The boarding house consisted of letting apartments rented to people of independent means and so Herbert is likely to have gained considerable experience there.
By 1911 Herbert was 28 and had moved to West Bridgford where he lived at 9 Midlands Cottages. He had married Annie Mary from Leicester and they now had a son Arthur Henry who was 10 months old. Herbert was a horse driver for a chemical manufacturer. Interestingly enough he and his wife had a lodger James William Hayes who was also a horse driver in the chemical manufacturer. Despite having exactly the same names as another soldier on the Cotgrave War Memorial it appears that he was not related.
We know little about Herbert’s military career but we know that the South Notts Hussars was formed in 1908 as part of the Territorial Force. ‘A’ Squadron had a drill station in Plumtree and it is likely that this is where Herbert initially served. On 9 April 2015 the South Notts Hussars sailed for Egypt, on 18 August they landed Sulva bay (Gallipoli) and were evacuated back to Egypt in December 1915. In February 1916 they moved to Salonika where they fought for a further year. It is likely that during his time in Salonika Herbert was evacuated to the UK where he later died. At the time of his death he and his wife and son were living in Cotgrave at 3 Gripps Cottages. Three others of those named on the Cotgrave War Memorial lived in Gripps Cottages.


NCCS002704 Gripps Cotts 1960