Francis Leonard Martin

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Francis Leonard Martin
Martin Francis Leonard.jpg
Gallipoli to Tripoli p 559 Browning & Gill
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1894
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 12 May 1956, aged 60
Place of Death East Cannington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 21 years, 3 months
Description 5' 6" (1.68m) tall ; 149 lbs
67.585 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Sleeper hewer
Religion Church of England
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr. George Kersley Martin
Military Information
Reg Number 1726
Date of Enlistment 9 Aug 1915
Rank Trooper
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, 11th Reinforcement / 3rd Light Horse Brigade, NZ and Australian Division
Date of Embarkation 13 Oct 1915 ‒ ? Nov 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A32 Themistocles at Port Suez
Date of Return 10 Jul 1919 ‒ 2 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On SS Oxfordshire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (North Panel)
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Entered camp on 9 Aug 1915 and was allocated to the 11th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment.

His arrival in Egypt was not noted in his records with the first entry is him being admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital Heliopolis, Egypt with mumps on 11 Jan 1916, and that he returned to duty with 10th Light Horse Regiment on 31st January 1916.

In Aug 1916 he spent two days in the care of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance receiving treatment for a septic hand. He was again in hospital during Dec 1916 with appendicitis and in Jan 1917 due to tonsillitis. Both times in the care of 24th Stationary Hospital at Ismailia.

In Jerusalem on 27 Jun 1918 he was charged with being drunk and resisting arrest. Punished with 21 days Field Punishment and fined 21 day's pay.

He went to hospital in Cairo with Venereal Disease in late November 1918, having travelled via HMHS Assaye from Tripoli.

Served as a Driver from 9 Sep 1917 to 20 Nov 1918, when he reverted to Trooper, before serving as a Driver again from 7 Mar 1919 till 29 Jun 1919.

Francis was discharged by the 5th Military District on 26 Sep 1919.

Casualty List 261 Frank is listed on it as being Ill.[1]

Post War

In 1922 he married Edith Margaret Hunt . Edith died 28 February 1996, aged 96 at Home of Peace in Inglewood.

MARTIN (nee Peggy Hunt).-On October 18, at Nurse Millen's, Kitchener-avenue, Victoria Park, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin of Armadale - a daughter.[2]

MARTIN.-On November 8. to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martin, of Pemberton - a son (Lewis).[3]

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 both in Pemberton, Francis a timber worker; 1936 - 1949 at 4 Leslie street, East Perth.

Following Francis's death, in 1957 Edith is at 36 Toorak road, Rivervale, where she applied for a War Service home.


  1. "WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The West Australian. XXXIII, (4,608). Western Australia. 8 January 1917. p. 7. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXVII, (1,917). Western Australia. 26 October 1922. p. 19. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXIX, (2,027). Western Australia. 4 December 1924. p. 2. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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