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Private Joseph MARTIN, G/15985, 6th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 30th September 1918.

Born Kelvedon, Essex, son of George & Annie Martin.

29th June 1903, Rochford, Essex, married  Lizzie Smith.

Children - Herbert Cecil Martin, born 12th January 1904; Frank Martin, born 18th September 1905; George B Martin, born 14th November 1907; Joseph W Martin, born 3rd April 1910; John Stanley Martin, born 22nd October 1911.


1911 Census - Cranham Lodge, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex - Joseph Martin, head, age 29, married, gardener domestic, worker, born Kelvedon, Essex; Lizzie Martin, wife, age 32, married 8 years, 4 children, all still alive, born Great Tey, Essex; Herbert Cecil Martin, son, age 7, born Little Waltham, Chelmsford; Frank E Martin, son, age 5,  born Little Waltham, Chelmsford; George B Martin, son, age 3,  born Little Waltham, Chelmsford; Joseph W Martin, son, age 1,  born Little Waltham, Chelmsford; Florence Smith, sister in law, age 29, born Great Tey, Essex.


Enlisted Chelmsford, Essex, age 34 years & 6 months, height 5ft 4½ inches.  Resided Cranham Lodge, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex / Wish View, South Green, Billercay, Essex.  Formerly chaffeur.

Home 9th December 1915 to 4th September 1916; BEF 5th September 1916 to 8th June 1917; Home 9th June 1917 to 17th December 1917; BEF 18th December 1917 to 30th September 1918.

9th December 1915, enlisted; 10th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 2nd May 1916, Warley, Essex, mobilized, age 34, height 5ft 4½ inches, weight 118lbs, deformity of left big toe nail, motor driver & gardener; 5th September 1916, embarked/disembarked; 9th June 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th September 1916, Infantry Base Depot; 17th September 1916, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Regiment; 7th June 1917, wounded,  gun shot wound head & left leg; 7th June 1917, 140 Field Ambulance, wounded,  gun shot wound head & left leg; 9th June 1917, Wimereux, 14 General Hospital, wounded; 9th June 1917, transferred to England Hospital Ship "St David"; 9th June 1917, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th June 1917 to 18th August 1917, 1/5th Northern General Hospital, Victoria Road, Leicester, gun shot wound scalp; 27th August 1917 to 12th November 1917, Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham by Sea; 13th November 1917, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 18th December 1917, posted BEF; 19th December 1917, embarked / disembarked; 22nd December 1917, posted 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd December 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field; 19th February 1918, wounded; 26th February 1918, Calais, 10 Stationary Hospital, bomb wound hand; 9th March 1918, Boulogne, 7 Convalescent Depot; 13th March 1918, Ecault, 10 Convalescent Depot; 29th March 1918, Etaples, "J" Depot; 3rd April 1918, rejoined Battalion; 13th April 1918, 37 Field Ambulance, JCT heel; 15th April 1918, Rouen, 3 Stationary Hospital; 18th April 1918, Etaples, 2 Convalescent Depot, discharged to reinforcements; 21st April 1918, Etaples "J" Depot; 4th May 1918, rejoined Battalion; 1st July 1918, wounded in action; 5th July 1918, Rouen, 11 Stationary Hospital, wounded gas poisoning; 28th July 1918, 2 Convalescent Depot; 8th September 1918, Etaples "J" Depot; 18th September 1918, rejoined Battalion.

4th May 1919, date when Separation Allowance of 37/6 a week payable to wife will cease.

5th May 1919, Pension of 37/11 a week awarded to widow and five children.

Buried at Unicorn Cemetery, Lempire British Cemetery Memorial, Vend'huile, France.


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