Lieutenant Arthur Sampson Marks (1885-1918)

Based on Hove & Portslade in the Great War (2014) by Judy Middleton, page 199 and with kind permission of the author

Arthur Sampson Marks was born at Hove and educated at Brighton Grammar School. He was the son of Alderman Barnett Marks who was a very successful mayor of Hove for three years. In October 1914 A. S. Marks enlisted in the 9th Royal Sussex Regiment, and in 1915 he was sent to France.

‘For a year or so he served with a trench mortar battery until invalided home with severe shell shock. He was in various hospitals for another twelve months when he was finally discharged with the honorary rank of lieutenant.’

He was given an appointment on the War Savings Committee. He died in London on 25 October 1918 of pneumonia after an illness lasting just two days.

His body was brought back to Brighton by train, accompanied by relatives, and he was buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Brighton – Revd B. B. Lieberman, minister of the synagogue, conducted the ceremony. There were many floral tributes including wreaths from the Sussex Masonic Club and the Sussex Motor Yacht Club.

The quotation is taken from Hove’s Roll of Honour at Hove Reference Library.

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