Marquer

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Caroline Georgina Marquer, nee Filer


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Origins of surname

The origins of this French surname are uncertain. The closest we have found in our normal sources are Marques, said to be of Portuguese origin, from the personal name Marques; and Marquet, said to be derived from Marc. However, we suspect that the name may be linked to marque, designating somebody who lived near a frontier

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The first appearance of this surname in Jersey records was in the 1860s

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  • Marquer
  • Marquerie

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Lyndon Francis Marquer, born in St Lawrence, Jersey, in 1933, was serving as a private in the Army in Lybia at the age of 18 when his unit was involved in an accident involving a military Matador lorry and a Morris Minor car containing two American Air Force personnel, two women and a youth.

The car had been completely crushed by the wheel of the lorry passing over it and all the occupants were seriously injured. The passengers in the lorry, including Trooper Marquer, were shaken but not badly injured. He immediately took charge of first aid treatment, having gained some experience before joining the Army and then been employed for a short time in the operating theatre of a British Military Hospital.

A citation for his act of gallantry by General Sir Charles Keightley, Commander-in-Chief of Middle East Land Forces, stated:

"He applied his limited knowledge to such effect that he probably saved the lives of the two American servicemen. One had a leg almost severed, and the other had a smashed jaw, crushed ribs and a broken pelvis. One of the two women was already dead, and th other was so badly injured that he was unable to save her life.
"The Arab youth was badly cut in the face, and he dealt with this. He attended to the injuries of the Matador crew and then collapsed.
"The Medical Officer, on arrival, commended, in the highest terms, the skill and coolness of Trooper Marquer's actions."

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