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Marshall, James Percival (Jim) (1897–1924)

News was received from Sydney yesterday of the death that morning of Mr James Percival Marshall, 5th son of Mr and Mrs Geo. Marshall, formerly of Gundagai. The end was not unexpected, as deceased was for many months being treated for an incurable complaint – after-effects of war service – at a Mountain Sanatorium. Deceased, who was 28 years of age, was a Gundagai native, and although small in inches he was big in heart – his war record being a particularly meritorious one.

He enlisted in 1916 and was Gundagai’s "only Kangaroo", having joined up the volunteers who marched from Wagga to Sydney on their way to the Western front. He saw lengthy service and for heroic conduct on the battlefield at Bullecourt and Peronne he was decorated with the D.C.M. and M.M. Three other brothers (Roy, Bert and Harry) also served their country in the Great War, the latter paying the extreme penalty.

In the Tarrabandra Estate ballot "Jim" drew what was regarded as one of the best blocks on the settlement, but after holding on for a time he was forced to sell and he eventually settled in Sydney, where his health completely broke down. He was always a popular figure among "the boys" and took a keen interest in all classes of sport, particularly football, which he played and followed with enthusiasm. His deeds on the battlefield will live after him.

Deceased is survived by a sorrowing mother and father, one sister (Mrs Jno Kenny) and three brothers (Bert, Roy and Jack), for whom much sympathy will be expressed throughout the district.

Original publication

  • Gundagai Times (NSW), 17 October 1924

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'Marshall, James Percival (Jim) (1897–1924)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/marshall-james-percival-jim-13627/text24384, accessed 25 September 2017.

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