William John Martin (1893)
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Sunday Times 25 Feb 1917 page 6 S
|Date of Birth||25 Dec 1894|
|Place of Birth||Northam, Western Australia|
|Death||1972, aged 77|
|Place of Death||Harvey, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||20 years, 8 months|
5'8" (1.73m) tall ; 162 lbs|
73.482 kg; fair complexion ; blue grey eyes ; brown hair
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Harvey, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||, Miss Sarah Robinson c/- Dr Moore Jarrahdale|
|Date of Enlistment||21 Sep 1915|
|Unit/Formation||10th Light Horse Regiment, 13th reinforcement, transferred to V4a Heavy Trench Mortar Battery / 4th Division|
|Date of Embarkation||17 Jan 1916 ‒ ? Feb 1916|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A30 Borda|
|Date of Return||12 May 1919 ‒ 21 Jun 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Soudan|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
Jarrahdale Honour Roll |
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
British War Medal |
Before enlisting had spent 3 months in the 25th Light Horse Regiment (Militia)
Two months after entering camp, Bill was allocated to the 13th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment, and travelled with them to Egypt. There in Heliopolis, as part of the Army reorganisation he was transferred on 1 Apr 1916 to the 4th Division Artillery who were then based at Serapeum.
Initially mustered as a Gunner with the 4th Division Artillery Column and posted to 12 Section, this was changed to Driver on 18 May 1916. Along with his unit he was embarked in Alexandria aboard SS Oriana for the journey to Marseilles between 6 and 13 Jun 1916. In France, on 25 Jun 1916 he was allocated to the V4a Heavy Trench Mortar Battery where he was a batman.
On 23 May 1917 he was promoted Temporary Bombardier, and on 2 Sep 1917 his rank was confirmed. On 16 Nov 1917 he reported sick to 4th Stationary Hospital in Arques with scabies, and on 27 Nov 1917 to the 39th General Hospital at Le Havre, rejoining his unit on 14 Dec 1917.
On 15 Feb 1918 he was transferred to the Australian Corps Heavy Trench Mortar Brigade, following a detachment to the 11th Field Artillery Brigade. He was granted leave between 2 and 17 Jun 1918. On 20 Nov 1918 he was transferred to the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade.
His final unit appears to have been the 102nd Battery.
Discharged 5th Military District 13 Aug 1919.
In 1919 William married Sarah Robinson in Harvey.
MARTIN.-On February 17, at Nurse Stockley's - Private Hospital, 590 Newcastle street, Perth, to Mr. and Mrs. W. Martin, of Jarrahdale - a son.
Electoral Roll entries - 1968 With Sarah at Udoc road, Harvey, storekeeper;