Kenneth Walker Marshall (1911 - 1992)

The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

Cigarette card from 1935 featuring Marshall

  Kenneth Walker Marshall was a well known Scottish international playing fullback. When he arrived in Shanghai in 1946, he claimed that he was getting too old to play (he was thirty-five) but the report noted that he had been playing good rugby throughout the War and was expected to be a valuable asset to the side.  

  He gained eight caps playing for Scotland before the War. His first international game was against Wales in 1934 and his last cap against England in 1937. In his eight appearances he won only two and did not trouble the score sheet. He also earned three caps playing cricket for Scotland, twice against Ireland in 1931 and 1932 and then against India in 1946.

  He was well travelled; in 1935 he visited the country of his birth, South Africa, on his way to Japan and in 1938 visited Shanghai with one of his wives (he was married three times).    During the War he fought as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Ghurka Rifles in India.

  He died in 1992 in the country of his birth in Cape Town.