No.1346, Private, Harry MARTIN
Aged 22

5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Killed in Action on Saturday, 21st August 1915

Harry Martin was born in Clare on 12th September 1892 (Risbridge Q4-1892 4A:647), baptised in Clare St Peter and St Paul on 4th June 1893, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jeanette MARTIN (née PARKER ).

Admitted to Clare Council Mixed School 1st March 1900 when living at Nethergate Street, Clare and left for work on 3rd August 1908

1901 census...Aged 8, he was at Nethergate Street, Clare with his father Thomas MARTIN [40] beerhouse keeper/plumber/glazier; his mother Janette [40]; brothers William [18] (plumber), Alfred [13] (plumber and glazier apprentice), Fred [5] and Sidney [2];sisters Nellie [16] and Sally [12]. All were born in Clare.

1911 census...Aged 18, a labourer,he was at Nethergate Street,Clare with his parents; brothers Fred (apprentice upholsterer) and Sidney; sister Trissie [7] born Clare

He married Rosa SUTTLE [5-6-1985] (Risbridge Q2-1915 4A:2288)

It may well be that it is his brother Fred named on the memorial, but that military connection/death has not been established

He enlisted in Clare. His number suggests enlistment in around 1911/1912. He also must have enlisted the same time and died on the same day as James Dearsley see here

The History of the Suffolk Regiment by Lt Col Murphy gives the impression that it was a quiet spell in Reserve with some sniping and shell fire, but the CWGC records have 53 men dying that day, only one has a known grave. In that theatre of war, disease was as likely to kill as enemy action.

Harry Martin is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details

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