The last surviving British cavalryman from the First World War has died at the age of 108.
Albert Marshall lied about his age to sign up for service in the Great War and even volunteered to return to the front line after being injured and sent home to convalesce.
His son, John Marshall, 73, said “He went to join up (in 1915) and the man behind the desk said ‘How old are you lad?’. My father replied 17, but the man said ‘Would you leave the room’. He went outside then came back in after a bit and the man asked him again how old he was. ‘Eighteen,’ my father said, and was allowed to join up."
In 1998, Albert Marshall was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour, in recognition of his gallantry. He was believed to be the second oldest man in England.
You can read more about Albert Marshall on the Scotsman.com web site at http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4580421