Born: 5th July 1918, Marton, Rangitikei, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.
Died: 30th July 1941; age 23; aircraft accident in the grounds of Seckford Hall, Woodbridge, Suffolk. His 96th Sortie.
Residence: ‘Greenbank’ Marton, Rangitikei.
Rank: Flying Officer/Pilot; Service Number: 391841.
Regiment: Royal New Zealand Air Force, 258 (R.A.F.) Squadron.
Ipswich Old Cemetery,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George L. Marshall & Helen Margaret Marshall, of Marton, New Zealand.
Father: George Le Heup Marshall J.P., born July 1875, Sidmouth, Devon. Immigrated to New Zealand in 1882. A Sheep Farmer and Stud Master.
Mother: Helen Margaret Marshall (nee Anderson), born 1883.
George attended Wanganui Collegiate School, Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, and became a Prefect in 1937.
George’s brother, Hugh Rogers Marshall also lost his life in the Second World War, when he was KiA at Crete on the 24th May 1941, aged 24. Hugh was ranked a Corporal, service number 1252, for the 2nd Division Cavalry Regiment, New Zealand Armoured Corps. He was laid to rest at Suda Bay War Cemetery, Greece.
George and Hugh are remembered on a memorial headstone at Turakina Cemetery, Turakina, Township Rangitikei. They are both also remembered with the Marshall Memorial Cabinet, at Wanganui Collegiate School, which was donated by their brother John in memory of his two brothers.
30th July 1941
Aircraft: Hawker Hurricane IIB 3256; based at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk. George had flown 410hrs as a service pilot. It is thought that immediately after take off the Hurricane began suffering from aileron trouble. George turned the aircraft round over Seckford Hall, in readiness for a forced landing in the grounds of the hall, the aircraft wings clipped the edge of a sand pit and crashed, just missing Seckford Hall.
Information and pictures courtesy of Richard Bourne of Wanganui Collegiate School Museum http://www.collegiate.school.nz/