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Name: Harold Marsden

Burial Number: 1580

Gender: Male

Occupation: Cotton Spinner; Lieutenant 8th London Rifles.

Born: 05/05/1879

Died: 24/04/1934

Buried: 27/04/1934


Harold was born in Bolton, the son of Joseph and Helen nee Ross. His father owned a cotton mill and was also a town councillor. Harold studied at Oxford and later joined his father’s business. When war was declared, he joined 8th London Rifles as a 2nd lieutenant. He was promoted to lieutenant in January 1916. Harold fought at Messines and Ypres. His records give his address as “Ardyne Lodge” Mill Road, Worthing which is where his parents were living. At the end of 1923, Harold married Miss May Gordon Jones, daughter of retired Indian Army Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Jones. Her family lived in Durrington. The couple had two sons, Ronald Gordon b1924 and Alastair Gordon b1927. Their home was at “Vernham House” 26 Mill Road, Worthing. Harold died here on 24th April 1934. Probate was granted on 4th July to John Hutcheson McDonald accountant, Hugh Maine Ross sugar agent and Ian Somerled McDonald barrister. Effects £78911 4s 3d.

Harold’s widow May moved to Percival’s Hotel, Marine Parade, Worthing. She died in 1982 and was buried at Durrington Cemetery.

Researcher: Carol Sullivan

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Harold Marsden

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 45

Exact Location (what3words): clip.acted.rubble

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of Harold Ross Marsden born 5th May 1879 died 24 April 1934

Further Information


Name: Harold Ross Marsden

Gender: Male

Born: 05/05/1879

Town: Bolton

County: Lancashire

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1923

Spouse First Name: May

Spouse Second Name: Gordon

Spouse Last Name: Jones

Town of Marriage: Steyning

County of Marriage: Sussex

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 24/04/1934

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Vernham House

Address line 2: 26

Address line 3: Mill Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £78911 4 s 3 d

Current value of effects: £3997836.00

Census Information


Arden Lea, Chorley New Road, Bolton
Helen aged 28. Ethelwyn aged 4, niece. Hilda aged 2, niece. Harold Ross aged 1, son. Plus 2 nurses, cook and 1 servant.


“Slonvar” Chorley New Road, Bolton.
Joseph aged 47, cotton spinner. Helen aged 38. Harold R aged 11. Listed as visitors to the house of Joseph’s brother Peter.


Cruben More Shooting Lodge, Laggan
Harold aged 21, Oxford undergraduate staying with two other students at the lodge run by Mary Grant aged 53.


Queen’s Hotel, Harrogate.
Joseph aged 67, cotton spinner. Helen aged 58. Harold aged 31, cotton spinner. Listed as guests at the hotel.


Lymefield, Bolton, Lancashire

First name(s) Last name Relationship to head Sex Birth year Age Birth place Occupation Employer
James Marsden
M 1852 69 Bolton, Lancashire Cotton Spinner Cotton Spinners Inn Manchester
H Ross Marsden
M 1879 42 Bolton, Lancashire Cotton Spinner Cotton Spinners Inn Manchester
Hilda S Marsden
F 1879 42 Scotland
Mary A Russell
Cook, housekeeper
F 1878 43 Charminster, Dorset Cook House Keeper
Alice Hannah Moore
F 1897 23 Wellington, Shropshire Maid
Lily Edith Marvin
F 1894 27 Colchester, Essex Maid
Emma A E Russell
F 1904 16 Maid

Miscellaneous Information