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Private R J Martin


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Private Richard James MARTIN,  G/20240, 1st  Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 26th October 1917.

Born, St Pancras, London, son of James & Elizabeth Martin.


1901 Census - 30 St Pancras Road, Camden Town - #James Martin, head,  married, age 45, general labourer, worker, born Essex; Eliza Ann Martin, wife, married, age 40, born Essex; Percy C Martin, son, single, age 17, general labourer, worker, born Essex; William J Martin, son, age 18, single, born St Pancras, London; Ellen Martin, daughter, age 13, born St Pancras, London; Laura Martin, daughter, age 10, born St Pancras, London; Dick Martin, son, age 7, born St Pancras, London; Berty Martin, son, age 2, born St Pancras, London; Rose Martin, daughter, age 9 months, born St Pancras, London; George Knight, visitor, single, age 25, labourer, born Essex; George Culley, visitor, single, age 27, labourer, born London.

#1906 March St Pancras Registration District, died age 49.

1911 Census - 27 North Avenue, Caledonian Road, London, N. - Elizabeth A Martin, mother, age 49, widow, married 28 years, 11 children, 7 still alive, at home, born Bradwell on Sea, Essex; Elsie Rosa Martin, daughter, age 22, single, waitress, restaurant, worker born 16 Caledonian Court, Islington, London; Richard J Martin, son, age 17, no work, 30 St Pancras Road, Hackney?, London, imbecile; *Bertram G Martin, son, age 12, school, 30 St Pancras Road, Hackney?, London; Primrose M Martin, daughter, age 10, school, 30 St Pancras Road, Hackney?, London.


Previously served 18 months as a stoker in Navy.

Enlisted St Pancras, age 22 years & 9 months, height 5ft 5¼ inches, mole on stomach and right shoulder blade, scar on upper lip. Resided 27 North Avenue, Caledonian Road, London, N. Formerly mineral water worker.

14th July 1915, enlisted;  15th July 1915, posted 16th Service Battalion, Rifle Brigade, Service No.P/1639; 15th October 1915, posted 17th Rifle Brigade; 7th March 1916, discharged from 17th Rifle Brigade, having served for 238 days, being no longer physically fit for Service, Authority,  Assistant Director Medical Service, Salisbury Plain, dated at Tidworth, 28th February 1916.


Enlisted Whitehall, SW, age 24 years & 2 months, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 126lbs.  Resided 27 North Avenue, Caledonian Road, London, N. Formerly labourer.

Home 23rd May 1917 to 10th October 1917; BEF 11th October 1917 to 26th October 1917.

23rd May 1917, deemed to have enlisted; 13th June 1917, Called up for Service; 13th June 1917, enlisted, passed fit for Class A; 13th June 1917, posted 1st Reserve, London Regiment, Service No.204828; 10th October 1917, proceeded overseas; 12th October 1917, Southampton, embarked; 13th October 1917, Havre, disembarked; 13th October 1917, 7 Infantry Base Depot, Havre; 16th October 1917, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th October 1917, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 21st October 1917, joined Battalion, In the Field; 26th October 1917, posted missing.

8th October 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, none; Mother, Elizabeth A Martin, 27 North Avenue, Kings Cross; Brothers - Percy C Martin, age 35, 14 Bridgeport Street, Marylebone; William J? Martin, age 33, 81 Northstone? Street, Kings Cross; Sisters - Elsie R Martin, age 30, 27 North Avenue, Kings Cross; Primrose M Martin, age 20, 27 North Avenue, Kings Cross.

*possible death Rifleman Bertram George Martin, 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, Service No.P/854, died 21st November 1917, Commemorated at Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Panel 10 & 11, France.

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 106 to 108, Belgium.


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