Born 1890 in Skirbeck Quarter, Boston (Lincs.)

Died 26th December 1916 at 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston, age 26

Buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery on 30th December 1916, grave reference B E 114

Commemorated on Radcliffe on Trent War Memorial

1891 Census

Age 11 months, living on Gibbet or Cut Throat Lane, Skirbeck Quarter, Boston with father, Henry, 29, gardener, and Fanny Maria Stephenson, 51, housekeeper. His mother had died.

1901 Census

Living on Newark Road, South Collingham with grandfather Henry Martin, 66, domestic groom and grandmother Jane, 62. Name recorded as Harry.

1911 Census

Age twenty, employed as a Poor Law clerk, living with grandfather Henry Martin, groom and gardener, grandmother Jane, aunts Sarah and Edith on Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 2990

Military Unit: 1st/4th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) 150th Brigade, 50th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 18.4.15

Attested: 13th October 1914, Northallerton, Yorks, age 24; 4th Reserve Bn, Yorkshire Regiment, Territorial Force

Address: Sussex Villa, Bedale, Yorks

Physical development stout and strong; chest 35 ins; range of expansion 2 ins

13.10.14: Embodied 4th Yorks (Reserves)

23.12.14: Appointed Acting Lance Corporal, 2/4th Bn

12.3.15: Transferred to 1/4th Yorks Bn; reverts to Private

17.4.15: Embarked Folkestone

17/18.4.15: Disembarked Boulogne

10.5.15: Admitted to hospital in the Field

26.5.15: Rejoined Bn for duty in the Field

17.9.15: Admitted Armentieres, influenza

19.9.15: Admitted St Jans Cappel, influenza

17.10.15: To duty control post in the Field

8.11.15: Admitted Armentieres, influenza

10.11.15: Admitted St Jans Cappel, influenza

21.11.15: Rejoined for duty

6.1.16: Admitted to hospital in the Field, scabies (2 months)

12.3.16: Discharged to duty

18.6.16: Admitted to hospital in the Field, sciatica

25.6.16: To duty

28.6.16: Admitted to hospital, sciatica

29.6.16: No 12 Ambulance train to Boulogne, admitted sciatica

2.7.16: To England via Hospital Ship St Denis

25.10.16: Medical Board Report: ‘Tuberculosis. Origin indefinite while serving in France. Present condition fairly satisfactory. Due to TB infection exposure on active service. Total disablement pension 25 shillings (£1.25p) per week for 6 months then half permanently if he reacts well to treatment.’

11.11.16: John was in Norfolk and Norwich Hospital when he signed a ’Proceedings on discharge form’, details below:

Description at the time of discharge: Intended place of residence Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent; trade: solicitor’s clerk; height 6 ft 1 inch; complexion fair; eyes grey; hair light brown.

Military character: very good; honest, sober and trustworthy

Statement of Account:

Rate of pay at 1/- per day from 18.4.15 to 15.11.16: £28.15.0

Received in France: 525 francs (28 francs to the £) £18.15.0. Balance £10.0.0

15.11.16: Discharged no longer physically fit for war service; service 2 yrs 35 days

Home 13.10.14 to 17.4.15; Expeditionary Force, France 18.4.15 to 2.7.16; Home 3.7.16 to 15.11.16

26.12.16: Died from meningitis 1st Southern General Hospital, Edgbaston

Next of kin: Henry Martin (grandfather), Lincoln Grove, Radcliffe on Trent

Medals Awarded: 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory, received 20.3.23

Other Information

All the 4th battalions (1/4th, 2/4th, 3/4th of the Alexandra Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment) were territorial battalions but only the 1/4th, John Martin’s battalion, were stationed abroad.

Details of death

Died in the UK. from meningitis, having been discharged from the army due to illness (source: death register).

Epitaph: ‘Rest after weariness, peace after pain’.

Army Register of Soldiers’ effects – £21.0s.5d to his aunt Sarah Martin, his grandmother and Janet E Martin.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.

Radcliffe on Trent cemetery