Lieutenant Percival Scrope Marling

3rd Battalion The 60th Rifles (Mounted Infantry)

6 March 1861, Stanley House, Kings Stanley, Glos.

29 May 1936, Stanley Park, Glos.

4 June 1936, All Saints' Church, Stanley Park, Stroud, Glos.

Commissioned: 11 August 1880.


For his conspicuous bravery at the Battle of Tamai, Soudan, on the 13th March 1884, 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 he succeeded in carrying him about 80 yards to a place of comparative safety.

Gazetted: 21 May 1884.

Investiture: July 1884 by General Sir Frederick Stephens at Cairo.

Other Decorations: CB 17 February 1902 and twice mentioned in Despatches.

Other Medals: Egypt with clasps, Tel-El-Kebir, El Teb, Tamai , Abu Klea and Suakin.
KSA clasps, Talana Hill and Ladysmith, QSA 5 clasps, 1914-15 Star; WM; VM.

Location of Medals: Not publicly held.

Record of Service: 1880 - 1915.

Eldest son of Sir William Henry Marling, Baronet of Stanley Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, was born 6 March 1861 and educated at Harrow and the R.M.C Sandhurst. On 11 August 1880 he was gazetted to a 2nd Lieutenancy in the 3rd Battn. 60th Rifles, and served with the Regiment throughout the Boer War of 1880-81, being present at Sir George Colley's disastrous attack on Laing's Nek and the severe conflict on the Ingogo River. Having obtained promotion to Lieutenant on 1 July 1882, he participated in the fighting round Alexandria, the affair at Tel-el-Mahuta, the brilliant action at Kassassin on 9 September for which he received the Medal with clasp and the Khedive's Star. In 1884 Lieut. Marling served with the Mounted Infantry in the Soudan Expedition, and was again actively engaged, taking part in Sir Gerald Graham's fine victory at El Teb on 29 February, the relief of Tokar, the battle of Tamai and the affair at Tamanib. For his gallant conduct he was twice mentioned in Despatches, received two more clasps to his medal and was awarded the Victoria Cross for an act of gallantry at Tamai.

Later in 1884 and in part of 1885, he took part with the Camel Corps in the Nile Expedition for the relief of General Gordon and was present at the fighting in the Bayuda Desert, the actions near the Abu Klea Wells (where the intrepid Burnaby lost his life) and at Abu Kru; the engagements at El Gubat and Metammeh, the second action at Abu Klea, and, in fact, all the Desert operations under the late Sir Herbert Stewart, for which he received two further clasps, making five in all. In Oct 1885, Lieut. Marling was made a local Captain, and given the command of a company of Mounted Infantry in Egypt, which he commanded till February 1887. For his services in Egypt, HRH The Duke of Cambridge specially promoted him to a troop in the 18th Hussars, which he joined in March 1887. In 1889 Capt Marling proceeded to India with the 18th Hussars and, except for a year, when he was Adjutant of the West Somerset Yeomanry, he served in India till 1895. On 12 August 1896, Capt Marling received his Majority. In 1896 he was selected for the command of Regimental Depot at Canterbury which post he held till 1898.

Colonel Marling married on 18 May 1890, Beatrice Caroline, eldest daughter of F.H. Beaumont Esq., JP, DL, CA, of Buckland Court, Surrey. Colonel Marling was fond of cricket, shooting, hunting, golf and polo. In June 1899, he proceeded to Africa to rejoin his Regiment, and was present with the 18th Hussars at the Battle of Talana Hill, the retirement from Dundee to Ladysmith, the action at Lombard's Kop, the defence of Ladysmith, including the reconnaissance of 8 December. In June 1900, he was invalided home with enteric fever, but returned to South Africa again in February 1901. Major Marling had command of his Regiment in the field from 10 April 1901 to 31 May 1902, during the operations in the Transvaal, the Orange River Colony and on the Zulu Frontier of Natal, and was twice mentioned in Despatches and promoted to the command of the 18th Hussars 2 Feb 1902, awarded the CB (London Gazette 17 July 1902) and the Queen's Medal with five clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps. In 1905 Colonel Marling was promoted Brevet Colonel and appointed to the command of the York Garrison and District. On 2 Feb 1906, he completed four years in command of his Regiment. In 1909 he was made a temporary Brigadier-General in South Africa, and retired in 1910 owing to injuries received by his horse falling on him while on duty. In 1914, he volunteered for active service and went to France in Sept 1914 and served at the front on the Headquarters Staff, Indian Army Corps, till 1915, when he was invalided home with congestion of the lungs. He was awarded the Mons Star for 1914. Colonel Marling's seat was Dedbury Park, Tidenham, Gloucestershire, where he owned some 6,000 acres. He was a JP and DL and County Councillor for Gloucestershire and a JP for Monmouthshire and DL for the City and County of Bristol.

1.  Vault at church.
2.  Oak pulpit and reading desk at Great Rissington Church, Glos.

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