INDENTD.C.M.London Gazette 26.1.1918 (Wigan) "...For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a Lewis gun. He pushed forward in the open and silenced an enemy machine gun which was holding up his platoon, and afterwards, when a hostile bombing squad was working down a communication trench, he took his gun outside the parapet, and by his fire prevented the enemy from passing a gap in the trench. He was the only man left alive in his team, but kept his gun in action throughout."
Private William Marsden, D.C.M., enlisted in the Liverpool Regiment 12 December 1915 and left for France from Blackpool 10 April 1916. Page 129 of the Bn. History states "... Pte. Marsden ... did magnificent work with his Lewis gun during the advance and afterwards kept it in action until the Battalion was relieved though all the remainder of his section had been killed or wounded". Private Marsden was in turn killed in action at Cambrai in the German counter-attack 30 November 1917.