The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sergeant H Martin


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Sergeant  Harry MARTIN, 430, 3rd / 4th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died, 28th August 1917, age 50.

Born Headcorn, Kent, son of Charles Martin.

Husband of Lily Catherine Martin, of 22, Mons Way, Bromley, Kent.


1911 Census - The Larches, Madan Road, Westerham, Kent - Harry Martin, head, age 44, married, bricklayer, builder, worker, born Headcorn, Kent; Lillie Martin, wife, age 44, married 19 years, 2 children, both still alive, born Cranbrook, Kent; Horace Martin, son, age 17, single, bricklayers labourer, builder, worker, born Cranbrook, Kent; Dorothy Martin, daughter, age 14, apprentice dressmaking, worker, born Westerham, Kent; Ann Miles, boarder, age 63, single, cook, worker, born Wrotham, Kent.


9th November 1896 to 31st March 1908, Service in Royal West Kent 1st Battalion, Volunteer Force  - 1st August 1892, Corporal; 15th June 1897, Lance Sergeant; 16th December 1898, Sergeant.


Home 1st April 1908 to 28th July 1916.

1st April 1908, Service reckons towards engagement; 25th June 1908, joined at Westerham.

 25th July 1908 to 4th August 1908, Walmer, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th May 1909 to 5th June 1909, Dover, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th June 1909 to 24th June 1910, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd July 1910 to 6th August 1910, Dover, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th June 1910 to 24th June 1911, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 25th June 1911 to 26th June 1912, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th July 1911 to 13th August 1911, Crowborough, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th June 1912 to 24th June 1913, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th May 1912 to 9th June 1912, Worthing, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th June 1913 to 24th June 1914, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th July 1913 to 10th August 1913, Seaford, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 25th June 1914 to 25th June 1915, Re-engaged, Sergeant, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th July 1914 to 4th August 1914, Longmoor, 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Annual Training; 5th August 1914, embodied Service, Sergeant; 23rd June 1915, posted Pioneer Seegeant, 3rd / 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Home 5th August 1914 to 28th July 1916.


14th July 1916, Medical Board - Medically unfit. Degeneration of myocardium. Fatty - Gradual onset. First noticed at Tonbridge. Early this year he noticed he became very breathless on the least exertion but he did not complain of any heart symptoms, he attributed his difficult breathing to a cold. He is a heavy man with a great deal of adipose tissue all over him. Small exertion causes him breathlessness & an increased heart action. The area of cardiac dullness is increased , the apex beat not easily defined & the heart sounds are muffled. Disability not the result of or aggravated by Service. Permanent. Capacity lessened ½.

*DGAMS, this mans present position may be regarded for pension purposes as aggravated since Declaration of War. In the view of fresh evidence. Boards decision 24/- a week till 3rd April 1917, then 32/6 a week.

* Director General of Army Medical Services.


28th July 1916, discharged being no longer fit for War Services. Age 49 years, height 5ft 10 inches, hazel eyes, grey hair. Formerly builders foreman. Intended place of residence, Madan Road, Westerham, Kent.  Military Character, exemplary. Campaign Medals, European Bar 1914-16. Service towards 8 years & 119 days.


Buried at Westerham, St Mary, Churchyard, 59., United Kingdom. Commemorated on Westerham War Memorial. / Sevenoaks War Memorial.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; but shown on CWGC web site.


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