Sir Percival Scrope Marling, 3rd Baronet
|Born||6 March 1861|
Stanley Park, Selsley
|Died||29 May 1936|
All Saints Church Vault, Selsley
|Unit||King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Commands held||18th Royal Hussars|
|Battles/wars||First Boer War|
1882 Anglo-Egyptian War
Second Boer War
First World War
|Awards|| Victoria Cross|
Order of the Bath
Colonel Sir Percival Scrope Marling, 3rd Baronet, VC, CB, DL (6 March 1861 – 29 May 1936) was an English British Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
He was 23 years old, and a lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The King's Royal Rifle Corps, British Army, attached Mounted Infantry during the Mahdist War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 13 March 1884 at the Battle of Tamai in the Sudan during the Mahdist War, Lieutenant Marling risked his life to save that of a private of The Royal Sussex Regiment who had been shot. His citation reads:
For his conspicuous bravery at the battle of Tamai, on 13th March last, in risking his life to save that of Private Morley, Royal Sussex Regiment, who, having been shot, was lifted and placed in front of Lieutenant Marling on his horse. He fell off almost immediately, when Lieutenant Marling dismounted, and gave up his horse for the purpose of carrying off Private Morley, the enemy pressing close on to them until they succeeded in carrying him about 80 yards to a place of comparative safety.
He served in the Second Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa, where in March 1901 he took over the command of the 18th Hussars. He was promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 19 February 1902. For his service during the war, he was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902) and appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the South Africa honours list published on 26 June 1902. After the war ended in June 1902 he returned home on the SS Sicilia, which arrived at Southampton in October 1902, and he received the actual decoration of CB from King Edward VII during an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 24 October 1902.
He later achieved the rank of colonel and died on 29 May 1936.
- Hart′s Army list, 1903
- "Lieutenant Percival Scrope Marling". The King's Royal Rifle Corps Association. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- "No. 25356". The London Gazette. 21 May 1884. p. 2278.
- "The War - appointments". The Times (36396). London. 7 March 1901. p. 11.
- "No. 27426". The London Gazette. 18 April 1902. p. 2601.
- "No. 27443". The London Gazette. 17 June 1902. pp. 3967–3974.
- "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. pp. 4191–4192.
- "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36881). London. 24 September 1902. p. 7.
- "Court Circular". The Times (36908). London. 25 October 1902. p. 8.
- "No. 27608". The London Gazette. 23 October 1903. p. 6441.
- "No. 32805". The London Gazette. 13 March 1923. p. 1989.
- Stewart, Iain. "Lord Ashcroft VC Collection". victoriacross.org.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
- Location of grave and VC medal (Gloucestershire)
| High Sheriff of Gloucestershire
Sir Lionel Darell
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
William Henry Marling
(of Stanley Park and Sedbury Hall)
John Stanley Vincent Marling