From Hoole History and Heritage Society

MARRS, Joseph

Regiment: 9th Bn Cheshire Regiment

Rank: Private

Number: 52440

Died: 21 August 1918

Aged: 34

Buried/ Memorial: Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, France

Address:5 Halkyn Road, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 28 September 1918


Pte. Joseph Marrs, Cheshire Regt., fourth son of Mr. W.G. Marrs, formerly stationmaster at Chester Station, and of Mrs. Marrs, 5 Halkyn Road, Chester, has been killed in action. Pte. Marrs was 34 and unmarried. Before the war he was a booking clerk at Chester Station for many years. He enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment two years ago last march. He saw 13 months’ active service abroad, and then had the misfortune a year ago to break a leg. After being invalided home, he was then in the country till March, when he rejoined his unit, and was killed on the 21st August. Pte. Marrs, like his father, was extremely popular, and many friends in Chester, Hoole and Newton will regret his untimely end.”

The 1911 Census shows Joseph as a 27-year-old railway booking clerk living at Dalston House Halkyn Road with his father William, mother Eliza and brothers George and Bert.