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|Date of Birth||Not known|
|Place of Birth||Ippesgriw, Par Talsen, Courland, Russia|
|Death||8 Jun 1917|
|Place of Death||Messines, Belgium|
|Age at Enlistment||24|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 150 lbs|
68.039 kg; fair complexion ; grey blue eyes ; light hair
|Address||Jarrahdale, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Christopher Abolin|
|Date of Enlistment||22 Jan 1916|
|Unit/Formation||44th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement, to C Company / 11th Brigade, 3rd Division|
|Date of Embarkation||6 Jun 1916 ‒ 21 Jul 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A29 Suevic|
|Fate||Killed in Action 8 Jun 1917, Messines|
Jarrahdale War Memorial |
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Australian War Memorial
British War Medal |
Although he signed the enlistment papers on 22 Jan 1916 he didn't enter Blackboy Hill camp until 14 Feb 1916. On 1 Mar 1916 he was allocated to the 1st reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion, and he shifted to the Claremont camp.
On arrival in England he was sent to the 11th Training Battalion at Lark Hill for further training before being taken on strength of the 44th Battalion in England from the reinforcement draft on 18 Nov 1916.
Along with his unit, he arrived in France from Southampton on 25 Nov 1916. His records reveal nothing between his arrival in France and his death. We may therefore assume that he was with the battalion all of this time, as absences from the unit are always noted.The entry for 8 Jun 1917 in the battalion's War Diary reads
"Ploegsteert 1am, Battalion moved out to take over portion of the Green Line between the La Douve River and Huns Walk on Messines Ridge. The frontage of the attack was about 1100 yards (1 km) and the battalion attacked in the following order, D Coy on the right, then A Coy, then C Coy , and B Coy on the left. The attack was very successful and we captured the green line about 4am, with slight casualties. The hanging on afterwards was, however, very severe and before the battalion was relieved we suffered about 300 casualties.Martin was killed by artillery fire in the struggle to hold onto the ground gained. Neville Browning in his book "The Westralian Battalion" tells that
the bombardment continued well into the night without abatement. Private A. Lingwood, a 'B' Company stretcher-bearer, was struck in the head by shrapnel and killed, whilst sitting in a shell hole. Sergeant D.W. Stewart and Privates M. Abolin, A. Green, J.V. Moore, G.W.M. Scott, A.C. Welshman and E.B. Wilkins were also killed and several men were wounded before the day was through
Buried Bethleem Farm Cemetery Plot A, Grave #6, SE of Messines, France.
Next of Kin's address was care of his brother John at 1 Sophia street, Cardiff, Wales. In April 1929 the Army receied a letter on behalf of the Russian Red Cross Society in America who forwarded a claim that his sister living in the U.S.S.R. was claiming to be a (the) beneficiary of his will. This is contray to the will he made on 1 Jun 1917 which named his brother as sole beneficiary. However by 1929 his brother had apparently disappeared.
- The Westralian Battalion - The Unit History of the 44th Battalion A.I.F." Advance Press page 135