Biography

Birth date: June 1896
Birth place: Australia: South Australia, Willunga
Death date: 31 August 1916
Death place: France
Final rank: Lance Corporal
Service number: 2604 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion

Lance Corporal Marshall Western Moore Way was born to parents James Moore Way and Lauren Way in Willunga, South Australia in 1896. Prior to his enlistment, Way was a surveyor and had been active in the Cadets, becoming a senior cadet in the 74th Infantry in Unley, South Australia. He enlisted at Keswick Barracks, Adelaide on 29 April 1915 and was drafted into the 9th Reinforcements for the 16th Infantry Battalion. On 21 September 1915, Way embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Star of England, and arrived in Egypt during November. He was immediately sent to the fighting at Gallipoli, though his first action was short, with the campaign ending a little under a month later. In June 1916, Way joined the forces fighting in France and participated in the battle of Mouquet Farm. This was to be his last action, as Way was reported missing on 31 August 1916, and his death confirmed not long after. Marshall Way is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Date of Death: 31 August 1916
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 21 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Adelaide

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Lance Corporal
  • Unit: 16th Australian Infantry Battalion

Collection Items

Private Record

Way, Marshall Western Moore (b.1896 - d.1916)

Collection relating to the First World War service of 2604 Lance Corporal Marshall Way, 16 Battalion. The collection consists of fifteen handwritten letters from L/Cpl Way to his mother between September 1915 and August 1916. The letters describe conditions, Wassah - the 'red light' district of... Maker: Way, Marshall Western Moore

2DRL/0280 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from Marshall Way to his family, 24 September 1915 - 20 August 1916

Letters relating to the First World War service of 2604 Lance Corporal Marshall Way, 16th Infantry Battalion. These letters were sent to his mother and other family members between September 1915 and August 1916. This file contains: Letter from Marshall Way to his mother, 24 September 1915; Letter...

RCDIG0000238

Timeline

Date of birth 1896-06
Date of embarkation 1915-09-21
Date of death 1916-08-31