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Mark was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of James and Ann Maria King. In 1901, they were living at No 2 Court 6, Swan Street, Wolverhampton, along with Mark’s brother James and sister Matilda Charlotte. They were at the same address in 1911, but Mark had become a tin plate worker (solderer).

On 8 October 1914, Mark enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 3187 and later 39993). In September 1916, he transferred to the 7th (Res) Worcestershire Regiment. He served in France, but received a gun shot wound to his right leg on 18 November 1916, and another to his head on 19 July 1917. On 30 December 1917, he was discharged as being no longer physically fit for war service. He was awarded the Silver War Badge (number 286203) on 5 December 1917. Unfortunately, he died on 12 November 1918.