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Percival Marling

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Role  Armed force officer
Unit  King's Royal Rifle Corps
Name  Percival Marling
Service/branch  British Army

Commands held  18th Royal Hussars
Rank  Colonel
Died  May 29, 1936
Awards  Victoria Cross
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Buried at  All Saints Church Vault, Selsley
Battles/wars  First Boer War 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War Mahdist War Second Boer War First World War
Battles and wars  First Boer War, Anglo-Egyptian War, Mahdist War, Second Boer War, World War I

Place of burial  Selsley, United Kingdom

Colonel Sir Percival Scrope Marling, 3rd Baronet, VC, CB, DL (6 March 1861 – 29 May 1936) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


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Early life

Marling was born on 6 March 1861, and educated at Harrow School.

Military career

He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army, attached Mounted Infantry during the Mahdist War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 13 March 1884 at the Battle of Tamai in the Sudan during the Mahdist War, Lieutenant Marling risked his life to save that of a private of The Royal Sussex Regiment who had been shot. His citation reads:

For his conspicuous bravery at the battle of Tamai, on 13th March last, in risking his life to save that of Private Morley, Royal Sussex Regiment, who, having been shot, was lifted and placed in front of Lieutenant Marling on his horse. He fell off almost immediately, when Lieutenant Marling dismounted, and gave up his horse for the purpose of carrying off Private Morley, the enemy pressing close on to them until they succeeded in carrying him about 80 yards to a place of comparative safety.

Marling later served in the Second Boer War (1899-1901) in South Africa, where in March 1901 he took over the command of the 18th Hussars. He was promoted to Lieutenant-colonel on 19 February 1902. For his service during the war, he was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902) and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the South Africa honours list published on 26 June 1902.

On 20 October 1903, he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Gloucestershire, and in 1923 was appointed High Sheriff of Gloucestershire.

He later achieved the rank of colonel and died on 29 May 1936.

The Medal

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London.


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