18.10.1915 VERQUIN: Bn addressed by Maj.-Gen. STUART WORTLEY.
Captain EM Johnson returned.
War Diary [WO/95/2694]
Oct 18th. Rose at 7 a.m. fell in for inspn at 8-30, but dismissed till 10-30, then inspected by Gen. Stuart – Wortley, who made a congratulatory speech afterwards & promised us 10 days rest. In afternoon went to concert by pierrots – very good. At night went with McT. & had a feed. Nice day except for cold wind.
[3289 Pte George William Beardsley]
1507 Pte. Joseph William Marsden
1507 Pte. Joseph William Marsden, a grocers assistant from Bakewell was transferred to England on this day following his wounding following a shell burst.
Joseph had originally enlisted in November 1911 aged 17 and lived on Monyash Road. He was attested by Lieut. Herbert Cliffird Brooke-Taylor and served with “D” Company. He was posted to the 6th Reserve and then to the Command Depot at Ballyvonare before joining the 5th Reserve Battalion in December 1916. Joseph was eventually discharged on the 24th August 1917 in consequence of “being no longer physically fit for war service”.
In fact Joseph was suffering from neurasthenia, which we now know as ‘shell shock’, and he received a pension of £30.