Marshall James Hagan.

Marshal was born in Fen Ditton just outside Cambridge, and when he enlisted in the HCB at their Huntingdon depot in St. Mary's street gave his abode as simply 'Cambridge'.  He was then placed in the 2/1st Battalion of the HCB he was a private and was given the HCB number of 1650 and placed in 'B' Company. 

He was posted to the base depot B. E. F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp, Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916. He was posted as private 43454 in the 1st Battalion Bedford Regiment

There were several HCB men that were posted to the Beds. Regt. at the same time.

Local newspaper entries indicate that by the 22/9/1916  -  'Private Marshall J. Hagan, son of Mr. & Mrs. G. Hagan, 28 Earl Street, Cambridge, Hunts. Cyclist, to hospital 5/9/1916, wounded, shellshock, aged 19, Enlisted December 1915'.   

Marshall was killed 23/4/1917 at the age of 20 as a private [43454] in the 1st Battalion Bedford Regiment.  His name is recorded on the Arras Memorial - Faubourg D' Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France - his name being carved high up on Bay 5.

He lived with his parents Mr. and Mrs. J. Hagan at 28 Earl Street in Cambridge - he was their only son.  After the death of their son and at the end of the war is parents are thought to have separated.  His father stayed in the property in Earl Street where he lived in the ground floor area whilst letting the other rooms to students.

Many thanks to Ian Frost for help in adding background information on this family.

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