Gravestone Image – Jesse William & Bessie Beatrice Marsh

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Photo of gravestone taken in 2015 by Jan Marsh

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Jesse William Marsh was born at Kingston on 14 May 1892 to Charles Marsh (1858-1936), a carter, and Sarah Marsh nee Tatchell (1858-1927) who were living at West Hill. Between 1901 and 1911, the family moved to Orchard Hill. Soon after the outbreak of the First World War, Jesse was serving his country. He is thought to have been with the Royal Garrison Artillery.

Jesse married Bessie Beatrice Bray at Kingston on 11 September 1916. At the time Jesse was residing at South Farnborough. Bessie was born on 18 January 1894. Her father was named as William John Bray on the marriage record but further investigation suggests her father’s middle name may have been Henry instead. The witnesses were John Marsh (brother of Jesse) and Katherine Hunt.

Jesse and Bessie continued to live at Orchard Hill. It is thought they had three children (born 1920, 1922 and 1924) but none were living at home in September 1939 when Jesse gave his occupation as Farm Foreman.

Bessie saw the RAF airplane immediately before it crashed on 18 March 1938 – see Three Killed in R.A.F. Accident.

Bessie died on 22 December 1945 aged 51 and was buried at Kingston New Church two days later (Christmas Eve). Jesse survived her by just under eleven years. He died aged 64 on 1 December 1956 and was buried three days later.

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Gravestone Image – Edward John & Winifred Annie Marshallsay

Photo of gravestone taken in 2015 by Jan Marsh

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Known information:

Edward John Marshallsay was born on 22 December 1892. He was known as John.

Winifred Annie Hobbs was born on 12 July 1899 to Leonard Hobbs (1866–1953) and Annie Hobbs nee Vincent (1858-1935). The family were living at Bushey in 1901 and 1911.

John married Winifred Annie Hobbs in the second half of 1930 and they are believed to have had two children, a son and a daughter. In September 1939, John, a clayworker and Winifred were living at Rose Cottage, Norden, along with one child (name not known).

Winifred was aged 76 when she died. She was buried at Kingston New Church on 7 August 1975. John lived to age 85 and was buried at Kingston New Church on 13 May 1977.

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