George Albert Marsh

Personnel header
Sergeant George Albert Marsh
Life dates
02 Sep 1909 - 11 Apr 1991
Postings
Unit or location Role Posted from until
Drellingore Patrol Patrol Leader 14 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
National ID
DJFI 74/1
Occupation

Engineer and farmer

Address
Drellington Rise, South Alkham, Drellington, Kent
Other information

Brother-in-Law of Group Commander Lieutenant Cecil Lines having married Florence Lines in 1937.

Sam Osbourne recalled: “I was approached by George Marsh, who was the chief engineer at the waterworks, nearby, who said he was forming a private Home Guard unit. George’s brother-in-law was Cecil Lines, who was in charge of all local guerrilla units. George only went to the village school and could hardly read or write but he was a brilliant engineer. He used to make miniature working steam engines. We did square bashing once a month at Wye College and whenever we were told to right wheel he would go left."

George was a chief engineer at Folkestone Waterworks but was also a farmer who was the first in the area to have a trashing machine and a combine harvester. He was always making things and mending things. He had built his own fishing boat that he had taken to Dunkirk.

He was remembered as not being particularly sociable, preferring his animals as company.

References

TNA ref WO199/3390 & 1,
Hancock data held at B.R.A,
1939 Register
Sam Osbourne
Kevin Baverstock