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1915: Noted novelist's death in Lucastes Avenue

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Mid Sussex Times - Tuesday 10 August 1915



We regret to announce that the death occurred last (Monday) evening at his residence, The Ridge, Lucastes Avenue, Haywards Heath, of Mr. Richard Marsh, the well-known novelist.(1) He had been in failing health for some two years, and ever since Christmas last had been seriously ill. He had marvellous vitality, however, and pulled through critical situations by sheer force of will. His age was 57, and death was due to heart failure.

Richard Marsh (12 October 1857 – 9 August 1915)

Mr. Marsh was educated at Eton and Oxford, and developed the literary talent early in life. At the age of twelve he was a contributor to magazines for boys. He was a prolific writer, and his name is attached to over sixty novels. Among them are the following: "The Crime and the Criminal," "The House of Mystery," " Frivolities" (specially addressed to those who are tired of being serious), "The Twickenham Peerage," "The Romance of a Maid of Honour," "The Surprising Husband” and "Love in Fetters" (his last published work).

For the past two years Mr. Marsh had dictated to his Secretary all his matter, and so well had he conjured it up that rarely was there occasion to alter a word after he had uttered it.

He had travelled much in his young days, and there were few parts of the world that he had not visited. He was a keen lover of cricket, football and golf, and chess and billiards also strongly appealed to him. He once described himself as "a clumsy but enthusiastic student of whatever makes for proficiency in the fine art of doing nothing."

Mr. Marsh lived at Three Bridges prior to coming to Haywards Heath some four and-a-half years ago.

He is survived by a widow and five children. Two of his daughters are married and his three sons are in the Army.

At the time of going to press the time and place of the funeral had not been decided upon. It is particularly requested that no flowers be sent.


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