Hemsley Hurtle Stanley MARSHMAN


MARSHMAN, Hemsley Hurtle Stanley

Service Number: 6530
Enlisted: 16 September 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: "The Hermitage", Grace Plains, South Australia, 9 December 1883
Home Town: Parkside, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: Grace Plains School & Prince Alfred College
Occupation: Bank Messenger
Died: Hit by shell, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 15 October 1917, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension
16/10/1917 he was buried by the Chaplain of the 52nd Battalion in a small soldiers' cemetery, nearby the Dressing Station at Zonnebeke, Belgium. 28/1/1926 his body was found and reinterned in Plot I; Row J; Grave No.1 in the Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery and Extension. His name is located at panel 151 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT., Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery Extension, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Exeter Semaphore Uniting Church (fmly Wesleyan) Roll of Honour, Mallala Grace Plains School Honor Roll, Mallala Grace Plains Sunday School Pictorial Honour Board, Owen District of Dalkey Roll of Honor, Owen War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
24 Jan 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6530, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Jan 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 6530, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Miltiades, Adelaide
23 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6530, 27th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
10 Aug 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 6530, 50th Infantry Battalion, Broodseinde Ridge
Date unknown: Involvement 27th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Father  George Marshman of Owen, South Australia.
(b.18/10/1861 Blumberg SA - d.19/7/1948 Aldersgate Nursing Home, Payneham, SA) and 
m. 22/2/1883  Bible Christian Church,Grace Plains, SA
Mother Sarah (nee Tiller)
b. 7/10/1860, "Bald Hill", Inman Valley SA - d. 22/12/1936, Hospital, Balaklava, SA.

Eldest of 10 children to George and Sarah Marshman - he was known as "Hurtle".

1. Hemsley Hurtle Stanley Marshman  b. 9/12/1883 -  d. 15/10/1917
    m. 2/8/1912 at Exeter SA  to
         Ruby Ida May (nee Stoyel) b. 25/4/1885 - d. 1950,  from Parkside.
         (on enlisting Ruby was living c/o J M Stoyel, 'Braemar', Findon Road, Woodville, SA.
          later known at 84 Young Street, Parkside  SA).
    1 child - son - John Elliot Marshman   ( he m. M Stubbings and had 3 children).

2. Sarah Edith Eveline Marshman
    b. 22/2/1885, Grace Plains, SA
    m.19/3/1908  Edmund Charles LINDSAY  & had 5 children
    d. 23/6/1957 (72 years)

3. Clement Luke Marshman
    b. 18/6/1886  'The Hermitage' Grace Plains SA
    m.22/3/1911   Winifred Myrle (nee Painter) & had 3 children
    d. 18/12/1965 Hamley Bridge SA (79 years)

4. Percival Richard Marshman
    b. 7/4/1888, "The Hermitage", Grace Plains, SA
    m.22/3/1919  Mildred (nee Young)
    d. Sep 1957  (69 years)

5. Ivy Pearl Marshman
    b. 29/11/1889, " The Hermitage", Grace Plains, SA
    m.23/6/1913  Albert Warner ANGEL & had 4 children
    d. 15/11/1969, Port Pirie, SA (79 years)

6. Bertie George Marshman
    b. 24/5/1891, "The Hermitage", Grace Plains, SA
    m.29/3/1916  Marian Milne (nee Morcombe) & had 2 children
    d. 20/10/1973  (82 years)

7. Edward Ray Marshman  
    b. 14/7/1893, Grace Plains, SA
    m.24/3/1920  Ruby Alma (nee Good) & had 3 children
    d. 28/11/1978, Adelaide, SA (85 years)

8. Harriet Elsie May Marshman 
    b. 5/10/1895, "The Hermitage", Grace Plains, SA
    m.31/12/1919  Arthur Richard MORCOM & had 4 children
    d. 5/5/1962, Croydon, SA (66 years)

9. Wesley Melvyn Tiller Marshman
    b. 18/3/1901, "The Hermitage",Grace Plains, SA
    ptnr.  Gwen Drew  & had 1 child (G Marshman)  
    m.15/8/1925  Doris Elsie (nee Day) & had 2 children
    d. 1977  (75 years)

10. Gladys Verna Doris Marshman
      b. 15/5/1904, "The Hermitage", Grace Plains, SA
      m. 6/4/1927  Robert Leslie MARCH - no children - but everyones favourite Aunt.
      d. 24 Jun 1990  (Age 86 years)

Hurtle was educated at Grace Plains Primary School and Prince Alfred College.

As a young man he and his brother Clem went for a trip to Victoria, a big undertaking in those days.

After his marriage in August 1912 he went with his brother Perc to farm at Pungonda near Loxton.
Hurtle and Perc are in a photo hanging in the Loxton Museum, part of the Woodleigh cricket team
after their premiership win in 1914.

He worked in Adelaide for a period as a Bank Messenger, then enlisted in the first World War.


Described on enlisting as 31 years 8 months old; married; 5' 9" tall; 161 lbs; fair complexion;
blue eyes; light brown hair; Methodist.

30/8/1916             Completed medical - fit for service

16/9/1916             Enlisted in Adelaide
16/9-3/10/1916     2nd Depot Battalion - Mitcham Camp

3 -31/10/1916      Transferred to the 10th Reinforcement  at Mitcham Camp
1/11-15/12/1916   Proceeded to NCO School

20/1/1917             Commanding Officer appointed Hemsley to
                             19th Reinforcements, 27th Battalion

24/1/1917             Embarked from Adelaide (Outer Harbour) on HMAT Miltiades A28
                             27th Infantry battalion, 19th reinforcements
25/3/1917             Admitted to Ships Hospital
27/3/1917             Disembarked at Devonport, England
28/3/1917             Marched in at Rollestone Camp on Salisbury Plain

23/7/1917             Proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton, England
24/7/1917             Marched in 2nd Australian Divisional Base Depot at Le Havre

7/8/1917               Proceeded to join 50th Battalion
10/8/1917            Taken on strength in the field, Belgium

15/10/1917  -  an extract from the 50th Battatlion war diary
Location : Broodseinde Ridge , Zonnebeke-Passchendaele road.
'Scattered shelling by enemy during the day. In afternoon enemy began shelling 150 yards in front of our line. At 8am a patrol from our line worked forward about 800 yards without encountering the enemy. Enemy was then shelling about 1100 yards forward of our line and his flares were going up 1500 yards from us.
Enemy apparently has fallen back from wet ground in front of us to Keiberg Ridge 2000 yards east of our line. Enemey shelled Broodseinde Ridge continiously only during the night under normal ground drying. A&B coys. relieved by C&D Coys. at 9.30pm.

15/10/1917        He volunteered to be a stretcher bearer, as the battalion had had severe casualties
                          through their battle at Daisy Wood and needed assistance.
                          With three others he was carrying Private 6367 Nelson down the duck boards and
                          was within a few yards from the dressing station at Ypres, when he was killed
                          instantly by a shell.

16/10/1917        buried by the Chaplain of the 52nd Battalion
                          in a small soldiers' cemetery, nearby the Dressing Station
                          at Zonnebeke, Belgium

28/1/1926           Bodies found and reinterned in:-

                           Plot I, Row J, Grave No. I
                           Divisional Collecting Post Cemetery Extension
                           Sint-Jan, Ypres, Belgium


Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Bureau

Statements of witnesses of Hemsley's death:-





WWI 1914/15 Star; British War medal (55769); Victory medal (54629);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (337299).

After Hurtle's death, Ruby and John (now aged 5) moved to Sydney to live with Ruby's parents.

Ruby later remarried S.F. Maskell in Sydney.
Later still the family moved to Melbourne.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.   15 October 2014.  Lest we forget.