Private Frank Marshall

Frank Marshall was born in 1893 in Rawcliffe, near Goole. Before enlisting in the K.O.Y.L.I., Frank worked as a farm labourer and then at a paper mill. Frank was in the 1/5th K.O.Y.L.I., a Territorial Battalion, and was called up immediately on the outbreak of war, reaching the Front in 1915. Just six months later, in October 1915, Frank was hit in the head by a shrapnel bullet from a German shell. The next day he died of his wounds in the 10th Casualty Clearing Station in Belgium. He was 22 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.

Frank was the recipient of the medal trio that has become the most familiar motif of the First World War. The 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were given the loving nicknames of ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’, a reference to a popular newspaper comic strip.

As its name suggests, the 1914-15 Star was only awarded to soldiers who had seen service between November 1914 and the end of December 1915.

The Museum already held Frank’s medals, but this family collection of photographs and paperwork was found in a junk shop in Selby and donated to the museum.

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