Sidney and his two youngest siblings were all attending school in High Brooms at the time of the 1911 census.Tracing the whereabouts of Sidney after 1911 proved to be a challenge as he does not show up in local directories until 1930.The photo of his shop shown opposite was taken in the 1920’s when his premises were on Bedford Road.From the late 19 century up to the time of WW II the family name of Marshall was well represented.He also had a son Evan Marshall born 1883 in Tunbridge Wells who by 1911 was working in the area as an ironmongers assistant.Directories of 1918 to 1922 gave Evan senior as a fishmonger at 154 London Road.Charles had been born 1863 at Rowledge, Hampshire and his wife Charlotte 1860 in Southborough, Kent.
At the time of the 1901 census, Charles was operating a butchers shop at 124 London Road and was still there at the time of the 1911 census.
He was not for example found in directories of 1918 or 1922 in Southborough.
Because of the year he was born he would have been age 16 when WW 1 began in 1914 and it is speculated with some degree of certainty that he enlisted for service in WW 1, possibly with the Queen’s Own RWK regiment.
The photo of his shop on the corner of Bedford Road and Western Road presented at the top of this article is a view of his first shop taken in the 1920’s.
It is interesting to note that even at this late date he had an open front shop and displayed his poultry etc out in the open without the aid of refrigeration.