Wire cutters saved New Mills soldier’s life

New Mills Lance Corporal Thomas Marsh. Photo contributed.

New Mills Lance Corporal Thomas Marsh. Photo contributed.

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To mark the centenary of the Great War, the Advertiser shares the story of a lucky New Mills soldier, whose life was saved by a pair of humble wire cutters.

Born 1895, Lance Corporal Thomas Marsh enlisted with 10th Sherwood Forresters, a Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire regiment, in early September 1914, aged 18.

Thomas Marsh with his wife, May, and granddaughter Diana Darlington on  her wedding day in 1964. Photo contributed.
Thomas Marsh with his wife, May, and granddaughter Diana Darlington on her wedding day in 1964. Photo contributed.

A typical Tommy, he joined the front line after landing in Boulogne in July 1915, enduring the mud, rats and lice associated with trench warfare.

 

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