Dr Peter Marshall (1939-2021)

Heritage & Destiny editor Mark Cotterill writes:

I was very sorry to learn of the death of one of H&D‘s Patrons – Dr. Peter Marshall, who died at his home near Redruth in Cornwall, earlier this month.

Peter had been an H&D subscriber for almost sixteen years, coming over to us after Spearhead ceased publication (in 2005), and a patron for the past five years.

He had joined the NF in the early 1970s, just before the party’s heyday, and stayed with them until the party split four or five ways during 1979-80. He originally went off with the NF Constitutional Movement (lead by Andrew Fountaine) but later defected to John Tyndall’s newly formed BNP (Mark IV) in 1983.

Peter stayed with the BNP – mainly as an inactive member, due to his job at the Polytechnic of North London, and later at the London School of Economics (teaching Economic History) throughout the Tyndall years. However, he soon became disillusioned with the party under Nick Griffin and let his membership lapse around 2003-4.

He lived in the very enriched London borough of Newham, which was not to his liking, so after taking early retirement he moved to Cornwall with his wife Anne, which was much more to his liking!

Born in 1939, in Enfield in north London, just as the Second World War was starting. Peter was raised mainly by his grandparents, as his mother died while he was still a baby and his father was stationed abroad with the Army for most of the war.

Peter joined the British Army himself at eighteen and served in Kenya, towards the end Mau Mau uprising, where he reached the rank of Lance Corporal.

Back in civvy street, Peter went back into full time education, attending the University of East Anglia, and qualified as a teacher, later gaining a PHD in Economics. He went on to teach at North London Poly (and was there in 1984 during the infamous Pat Harrington period!) and later at LSE.

Peter was a true patriot and gentlemen. He told me once that he could never make his mind up as to whether he was an English nationalist, or British nationalist first! However, he said he was always a race realist – but not ever a racist. We salute you Peter Marshall.

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