Ernest Gordon Martin
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||10 Aug 1917|
|Place of Birth||'Poplar', Kelmscott, Western Australia|
|Death||24 May 2000, aged 82|
|Place of Death||South Perth, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||24 years, 6 months|
5'9" (1.75m) tall ; 161lbs|
73.028 kg; fair complexion ; brown eyes ; fair hair
|Occupation||Income Tax Assessor|
|Address||Mount Hawthorn, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Wife , Mrs. Mavis Jean Martin|
|Reg Number||W60006 & 436926|
|Date of Enlistment||2 Mar 1942 & 22 May 1923|
|Rank||Lance Corporal & Warrant Officer|
|Unit/Formation||2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion & No. 14 Aircrew Holding Unit RAF|
|Post War Details|
|Fate||Remained in Australia|
Electoral Roll entry: 1943 Kelmscott, clerk.
On 27 Jul 1939 Ernest married Mavis Jean Buckingham (1919 - 2002) in Kelmscott. Mavis died in South Perth on 30 Jul 2002 aged 82.
Ernest's original attempt to enlist occurred on 2 Mar 1942 at Claremont, but the result was to defer his enlistment. Instead Ernest enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps at Armadale and was posted to the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion, so perhaps even at that point he had indicted a desire to join the RAAF. Ernest served with the VDC from 2 Mar 1942 until 22 Oct 1943. Along the way, on 15 Jan 1943 he was appointed Lance Corporal in 'D' Company.
Ernest joined the RAAF on /////////////, seeking to become a pilot.
Ernest was discharged on 8 Feb 1946.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1980 at 29 Carr street, South Perth, clerk
His brother Phillip Herbert Martin DFC & Bar served in the RAAF based in England.