MARTIN, William James


No. 38011, Private, William MARTIN
Aged 26


1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers
Died of his Wounds on Monday, 24th September 1917


There is some confusion over this man's early civilian details.
William James Martin was born in 1880 in Higham, (registration not positively identified, 2 possibilities), baptised in Higham on 11th July 1880, son of Lavinia MARTIN, no father recorded.

1881 census...Aged 9 months he was at Upper Green, Higham with his grandfather Thomas MARTIN [55] farm labourer born Higham; grandmother Eliza [50] born Barrow; uncle George MARTIN [23] single, farm labourer born Barrow, aunt Kate MARTIN, [12] born Higham and great grandfather James WRIGHT [78] born Barrow

1891 census...Aged 9, he was at Upper Green, Higham with his widowed grandmother Eliza MARTIN, [62] born Barrow, uncle George Albert MARTIN [29] farm labourer born Barrow, and brother ? Elias [6] born Higham.

1901 census...Aged 20, a railway labourer, he was at Middle Green, Higham with his grandmother Eliza MARTIN and his brother Elias (farm labourer).

1911 census...Aged 29, he was a maltster's labourer, lodging with Charles and Sarah Seaman at 95 Victoria Street, Burton on Trent. This was very near to where Bertie Lyes (also a maltster's labourer from Higham) was lodging.



He enlisted in Burton on Trent.
As he died of his wounds and his Army records have not been found it is difficult to say where or when exactly he was wounded. For the period September 20th-25th 1917 the 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers were engaged in the Battle of the Menin Road.

The Bury Free Press of 27th October 1917 reported:-
HIGHAM MAN'S DEATH FROM WOUNDS

It is with deep regret we record the death of Prvt W.Martin, Northumberland Fusiliers, grandson of widow E.Martin, of Middle Green, Higham, who died of wounds receive din action at the ambulance station on September 27th. The deceased was invalided home with trench fever during the early part of this year, and returned to France again in July
Before joining the Army the deceased had been employed at the breweries, Burton on Trent for several years, and was highly respected by all who knew him.Much sympathy is felt for his aged grandmother, who is over 80 years of age. Prvt W.Martin is the tenth Higham young man to give his life for King and country.



William Martin is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, panel 19-23 and 162

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