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Private J F A Martin


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Private James Frederick Archibald MARTIN, G/9754, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 30th June 1918, age 25.

Born Ashford, Kent, son of James J & Elizabeth Martin.


1901 Census - 14 Fant Lane, Maidstone, Kent - Eliza Hughes, head, widow, age 83, living on own means, born West Peckham, Kent; #Alfred Hunt, son, age 54, living on own means, born West Peckham, Kent; Elizabeth Martin, servant, widow, age 38, housekeeper domestic, born Luton, Kent; Frederick Martin, boarder, age 8, born Ashford, Kent; Alfred Martin, boarder, age 5, born Halling, Kent; Maude Martin, boarder, age 2, born Maidstone, Kent.

1911 Census - 109a Upper Fant Road, Maidstone, Kent - #Alfred Hunt, head, age 64, married 42 years, 4 children, all still alive, Commercial Traveller printing, born West Peckham, Kent; Elizabeth Martin, servant, age 48, widow, 6 children, 3 still alive, housekeeper domestic, born Luton, Kent; Frederick Martin, boarder, age 18, single, warehouseman, corn dealers, born Ashford, Kent; Maude Martin, boarder, age 12, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Laura Martin, boarder, age 8, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Kenneth Johnson, boarder, age 3, born Maidstone, Kent.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 23, height 5ft 1½ inches, weight 106lbs.  Resided 7 Dover Street, Maidstone, Kent. Formerly insurance agent.

Home, 24th August 1915 to 2nd May 1916;  BEF, 3rd May 1916 to 10th September 1917; Home, 11September 1917 to 10th June 1918; BEF, 11th June 1918 to 30th June 1918.

*24th August 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1915, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 3rd May 1916, Southampton, embarked; 4th May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 31st July 1917, wounded in action; 1st August 1917, Wimereux, 8 Stationary Hospital, wounded, gun shot wound arm; 3rd August 1917, Boulogne, 1 Convalescent Depot; 7th August 1917, Mailboro, 3 Rest Camp; 9th August 1917, Etaples, 40th Infantry Base Depot; 6th September 1917, Etaples 40 Infantry Base Depot, posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th September 1917, joined 11th Battalion, In the Field; 20th September 1917,wounded in action; 20th September 1917, 6 Australian Field Ambulance, bullet wound to thigh; 21st September 1917, Le Treport, 2 Canadian General Hospital; 8th October 1917, to England, Hospital Ship "Waulda"; 11th October 1917 to 8th March 1918, Military Hospital, Nottingham, gun shot wound thigh; 8th March 1918 to 20th April 1918, Military Convalescent Hospital at Ashton-in-Makerfield; 23rd March 1918, Ashton-in-Makerfield, absent from Dental Treatment Parade without permission, 2 days confined to Barracks; 29th April 1918, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 11th June 1918, Etaples, Infantry Base Depot, "J"; 12th June 1918, Folkestone, embarked; 12th June 1918, Boulogne, disembarked; 13th June 1918, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th June 1918, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th June 1918, joined 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, In the Field.

 *24th August 1915, From Lieutenant Colonel, Recruiting Officer, 50th Regimental District Maidstone to Secretary War Office - "A most intelligent man who is anxious to join 10th Battalion, in which he has friends and is his County Regiment"

20th January 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 6/- a week payable to mother will cease.

9th August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Elizabeth Martin, 7, Dover Street, Maidstone; Sisters - Maud M Martin, age 20, 7, Dover Street, Maidstone; Lily Lavinda? Martin, age 16, 7, Dover Street, Maidstone.

Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 and 59, France & Ashford War Memorial.


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