Mark was born in the Stockport area in 1889, the son of William and Mary. In 1901, the family was living at 21 Gorsey Brow in the Hempshaw Lane area of town. 50 year-old William earned his living as a hatters planker (the person who kneaded the hat during the felting process). There were four children - Harriett (17), Mark (11), James (7) and Ellen (5).
As a younger man, Mark had played football for the Waterloo Albions. He worked for Melland & Coward Ltd at the Company's bleachworks in Heaton Mersey. In the first quarter of 1909, he married Mary Fitzpatrick and they lived at 16 Upper Brook Street, with their two children.
Mark enlisted into the army at Stockport. His service number suggests he was not an early recruit to the 1/4th Battalion and had probably been in France for only a few weeks when he died.
On 15 September, the Battalion took part in a successful attack north of the French village of Guedecourt, as part of the Battle of the Somme. For the remainder of the month, the men were used as labourers, clearing captured positions and digging trenches to link up strong points. There is no specific mention of casualties in the Battalion's War Diary, but Mark was, almost certainly, badly wounded on the day he died. This is likely to have been from shrapnel from a German shell.
He would have received treatment from the Battalion's medical officer near to where they were working and he would then have been evacuated to the Main Dressing Station, perhaps a mile or so behind the front line. He died whilst he was there before he could be further evacuated to a field hospital.