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, and his wife Pauline Marks, who lived at 33 Tisbury Road, Hove. 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, Florence Place 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.

AS Marks grave – image courtesy of Michael Crook, Chair of Jewish Historical Society of England (Sussex Chapter)

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

Brighton And Hove Grammar School – WW1. Source: Antonio Almonacid

This link and image is from the WW1 memorial in Brighton & Hove Grammar School (now BHASVIC) and it mentions ‘A.S. Marks’.  It’s possible that it refers to Arthur S Marks, the elder son of Barnett and Pauline Marks who died in 1918.

It is a tablet comprising two boards and two paintings. The panels are surmounted by bronzed winged Figure of Victory. Paintings were added in 1927. Total names on memorial: 131

The inscription shows: THEY WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED HERE WERE SONS OF THIS SCHOOL WHO DIED FOR ENGLAND / AT THE CALL OF KING AND COUNTRY THEY LEFT ALL THAT WAS DEAR TO THEM, ENDURED HARDNESS / FACED DANGER AND FINALLY PASSED OUT OF THE SIGHT OF MEN BY THE PATH OF DUTY AND SELF-SACRIFICE GIVING / UP THEIR OWN LIVES THAT OTHER MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM AND INHERIT PEACE. REMEMBER THEM ALWAYS / AND STEADFASTLY RESOLVE THAT THESE DEAD SHALL NOT HAVE DIED IN VAIN.

We currently have only one image of Lieutenant Arthur Sampson Marks.

A s Marks – Source unknown
Record of A S Marks burial location
Source – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/75197401
Source – Commonwealth War Graves Commission
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/75197401