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20th Century Portraits Catalogue

Sir William Marshall (1865-1939), Lieutenant-General

Born near Hartlepool, co. Durham; educated at Repton School and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; commissioned lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire regiment) in 1886; he served with the 1st battalion for 8 years, developing a reputation as a horseman, and then the 2nd battalion upon his promotion to captain; Marshall was given command of the 1st battalion, Sherwood Foresters in India in 1912, with which he served on the western front between 1914 and 1915; involved in the Gallipoli campaign, commanding various divisions; when Sir Stanley Maude died in 1917, Marshall replaced him as commander-in-chief of the Mesopotamian expeditionary force; knighted in the same year; in 1919 he was appointed commander-in-chief, southern command, India and eventually retired from the army in 1924 to a life of hunting, shooting, and fishing; died in May 1939 in France of heart failure.