No.DM2/221449, Private, William MARTIN
59th Division MT Coy., Army Service Corps
(believed to be)|
Thomas William Martin was born in 1886 in Soham,( Newmarket Q4-1886 3B:539), son of Thomas and Eliza MARTIN (née HILLS). His birth registration seems to be the only reference to his being Thomas William rather than William
1891 census...Aged 5, he was at East Fen Common, Soham with his father Thomas MARTIN  farm labourer, and his mother Eliza . All were born in Soham.
1901 census... Aged 14, a farm labourer, he was at Qua Fen Common, Soham with his parents; sisters Rose , Clara  and Florrie [2 months], all born Soham
In Q1-1910 he married Minnie GILBEY.
1911 census...Aged 24, draining for commissioners, he was at the Shade, Soham with his wife Minnie  born Soham and their daughter Lillian [1 month] born Soham.
As is often the case he is recorded as in the Royal Army Service Corps but the "Royal" prefix was not awarded by King George V until 20th December 1918|
Enlisted in Ely on 16th March 1905 in the Cambridgeshire Militia (4th Bn. Suffolk Regt), giving his age as 18 years 3 months, a labourer born and living in Soham. 5 feet 5 inches (165.1 cm) tall, 120 lbs, chest 32" to 35" (81.3 to 88.9 cm), blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England. Next of kin, father, Tom MARTIN of Soham.
Discharged (free)on 1st February 1908. This was when the militias were being disbanded and the Territorial Forces instituted.
With no other Army records found it, and dying after the Armistice "Soldiers Died " do not have him recorded, it is not possible to say when or where he enlisted for the war or the cause of his death in a base hospital on the Channel coast.
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