Raymond Griffith Marriott

Service No: 3598
Rank: Private
Regiment / Service: Leicestershire Regiment
Unit: 4th Batallion
Age: 25
Date of death: 24th July 1915
Memorial / Grave: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord) IV.A.15
Additional information: Only son of Francis & Gertrude Marriott of 7 College Av., Leicester

Ray Marriott was born in Milton on 13th April 1890 – the first son of Francis Sharpe Marriott and Gertrude Sarah Griffith. He was the grandson of Thomas Marriott who had been instrumental in forming the Baptist movement within the village. His younger brother Sidney died in infancy just 4 days after his birth on 13th July 1891, making Ray the only child.

Ray’s parents were both born in Milton, and they were married in the Parish Church on 14th August 1888. At some stage the family moved to Leicester, and so Ray joined the Leicestershire Regiment when the time came for him to “do his bit”.

We include here a copy of the letter Ray prepared for his parents – to be delivered in the event of his death. The tone of the letter – its considerateness and the absence of any bitterness – is touching, and speaks volumes about a generation who were prepared to make the “ultimate sacrifice” for their country. He was killed on 24th July 1915, aged 25.

Click here to see a copy of Ray’s original letter.

My dear Mother & Father,
Should this letter reach you you will know that I have made the greatest sacrifice that it is possible for a man to make for his country in her time of need & in the struggle to free the world of its greatest curse that of militarism. I do not for a single moment grudge the price which has been demanded of me as to serve in a great cause is worth while. I hope that you will not grudge the offering which this means you must make. But freed from the bonds of flesh I shall ever encircle you with my love. I pray that God may bless you and make up to you the sacrifice you have made and keep you under his care and may you enjoy many years of happiness together in your quiet homely way –
I thank both of you for all the love & care that you have shown for me & the happy times you have given me –
With fondest love to both of you.
Your loving son –
Ray –