Lieutenant JAMES GERALD MARSHALL-CORNWALL

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman grave marker serviceman image
Rank Lieutenant
Forenames JAMES GERALD
Surname MARSHALL-CORNWALL
Initials J G
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Unknown
Date of Death Sunday, 30 July 1944
Age 22
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From Unknown
Service Number 255169
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Grenadier Guards
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 4 Battalion
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration CAHAGNES ISOLATED GRAVE
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph ALL YOU HAD, YOU GAVE... YOURSELVES YOU SCORNED TO SAVE
Family Details SON OF GENERAL SIR JAMES HANDYSIDE MARSHALL-CORNWALL, KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BATH (KCB), COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE), DISTINGUISHED SERVICE ORDER (DSO), MILITARY CROSS (MC), AND OF LADY MARSHALL-CORNWALL (NEE SCOTT OWEN), OF CHELSEA, LONDON.

Additional Information

The memorial situated next to Lieutenant James Geraldon Marshall-Cornwall's grave reads:

 

ON 30TH JULY 1944, AFTER A HOLDUP OF MANY WEEKS, THE BRITISH VIII CORPS ATTACKED THE STRONG GERMAN POSITION SOUTH AND EAST CAUMONT. THE KEY-POINT OF THE DEFENCE WAS THE BOIS DE MONDANT (OR LUTAIN) HELD BT THE 752ND GRENADIER REGIMENT OF THE 326TH GERMAN INFANTRY DIVISION. THE ATTACK WAS LAUNCHED BY THE 15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION PRECEDED BY THE 4TH TANK BATTALION GRENADIER GUARDS, EQUIPPED WITH CHURCHILL TANKS.

 

LIEUTENANT JAMES MARSHALL-CORNWALL WITH THE LEADING TANK OF HIS TROOP PENETRATED AND CAPTURED THE BOIS DE MONDANT, THUS EFFECTING THE FIRST BREAKTHROUGH ON THE FRONT. WHILE HANDING OVER HIS PRISONERS TO THE SUPPORTING INFANTRY, 2ND BATTALION GORDAN HIGHLANDERS CLOSE TO THIS SPOT HE WAS STRUCK DEAD BY AN ENEMY BULLET. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY FOR THE LIBERATION OF FRANCE.

 

 

 

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Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
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Additional information provided by: Carl Shilleto  

 

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