Marke, James William

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James William Marke

139705, Lance Corporal, No 3 Depot Company, Royal Engineers TC
Suicide, 4 January 1916, aged 37
Buried at the Great Orme’s Head Cemetery, Llandudno

CWGC registered (Son of James and Annie Marke; husband of Fanny Louisa Roberts [formerly Marke], of Spring Gardens, Cranborne, Dorset. Born at Hanwell, Middx)

James William Marke was a Londoner and is not commemorated in Llandudno. However, he did die in the town and is buried at the Great Orme Cemetery.

James Marke was the son of James William Marke and Mary Maria Marke (née Reed). He was born in St. Giles, London in 1878. The family settled in Hanwell, Middlesex and James became a plasterer by trade. The marriage register for Brentford, Middlesex for 1912 recorded James’ (junior) marriage to Fanny Louisa Bray.

James Marke’s service record no longer exists. Soldiers Died in the Great War records that he enlisted into the Royal Engineers at Ealing, his residence being at Southall. His service number was 139705; a soldier with a consecutive number (706) enlisted at the beginning of November 1915 and was also a plasterer by trade. Both James Marke and “706” were posted to No 3 Depot Company, Royal Engineers Training Centre, Deganwy. Shortly afterwards, James Marke was promoted to Lance Corporal.

James William Marke was found dead with his throat cut at his billet at 1 Charlton Street, Llandudno on 4 January 1916 aged 37. Newspaper reports of time mentioned that James Marke had a family. The Register of Soldiers’ Effects indicates that his widow and child received his back pay of £1.15.5d in April 1916. A later war gratuity was deemed “not admissible”.

Fanny Louisa Marke married Albert H Roberts in 1923.


CWGC records indicate that James Marke’s mother was Annie Marke. Cencus returns record his mother as Maria Mary Marke. James had a sister Annie 15 years his junior.

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