Biography of Walter Marsden 1882-1969

 Church War Memorial Tottington War Memorial St Annes War Memorial Heywood War Memorial Bolton War Memorial

Walter Marsden 1882-1969 is in Sculptors.

On 26 Sep 1882 Walter Marsden was born to John Marsden at Church, Lancashire. He was baptised on 18 Jan 1883 at Church, Lancashire. His father's occupation on the 1891 census is Blacksmith.

In Dec 1916 Walter Marsden (age 34) and Hilda Beatrice Hoare (age 23) were married at Greenwich.

The London Gazette 30308. 26 Sep 1917. Awarded the Military Cross.

2nd Lt. Walter Marsden (age 35), N. Lan. R.

The London Gazette 30399 3rd Suplement. Third Supplement. War Office. Monday 26 Nov 1917.

Awarded a Bar to the Military Cross.

2nd Lt. Walter Marsden (age 35), M.C., N. Lan. R. (M.C. gazetted 26th September, 1917.)

Church War Memorial [Map]. War memorial, c. 1920. White ashlar, with Sculpture. On a short plinth a draped figure standing with arms spread on top of a tapered slab in which it is partly embedded. Lettering on back of slab. Sculpted by Walter Marsden (age 37).

Tottington War Memorial [Map] was unveiled by Lord Walsingham (age 71) at the Tottington Reading Room on 02 May 1920 during a United Service of the Established and Free Churches of Tottington. Out of a population of around 250 people, 60 had joined up to serve in the First World War, and the memorial commemorates the 15 servicemen from Tottington and neighbouring Sturston who fell and the 45 men who returned safely. It was organised by a local War Memorial Committee and funded by public subscription.

The roundels were sculpted by Walter Marsden (age 37).

John Augustus Grey 7th Baron Walsingham: On 21 Mar 1849 he was born to Thomas Grey 5th Baron Walsingham and Julia Thellusson Baroness Walsingham. On 03 Dec 1919 Thomas Grey 6th Baron Walsingham died. His half brother John Augustus Grey 7th Baron Walsingham succeeded 7th Baron Walsingham of Walsingham in Norfolk. On 21 Mar 1929 John Augustus Grey 7th Baron Walsingham died. His son George de Grey 8th Baron Walsingham succeeded 8th Baron Walsingham of Walsingham in Norfolk.

The erecting of Lytham St Anne’s War memorial [Map] in 1924 was made possible by a gift of £10000, donated by Lord Ashton. The memorial commemorates the fallen of the Municipal Borough of Lytham St Anne’s, formed in 1922 by the merger of Lytham and St Anne’s urban district councils. It was unveiled on 12 October 1924 by Alderman Charles Critchley, whose son Burton 'Plum' Critchley was killed in 1918 while serving in the RAF. The ceremony was attended by the Rt Hon Stephen Walsh (Minister for War), Maj Gen Sir Cecil Lothian Nicholson KCB CMG (whose son was killed at Arras), Lt Gen Sir Richard Butler KCB KCMG and 1000 ex-servicemen. The unveiling was also attended by nine children of fallen servicemen, who were later presented with gold medals inscribed with the coat of arms of the borough. Sculpted by Walter Marsden (age 41).

On 25 Aug 1925 the Heywood War Memorial [Map] was unveiled by the Very Reverend The Dean of Manchester. The memorial was sculpted by Walter Marsden (age 42).

Bolton War Memorial [Map]. Unveiled 14 Jul 1928 by Edward George Villiers Stanley 17th Earl of Derby (age 63). Sculpted by Walter Marsden (age 45).

On 17 Jul 1969 Walter Marsden (age 86) died.

On 06 Apr 1988 [his former wife] Hilda Beatrice Hoare (age 94) died.