Pte George Lewis Martin


George Lewis Martin, was born in Ditton Priors, Shropshire, England.  His father was a Naval Architect for the P&O steamship lines and his grandfather was a Sergeant of Marines for the Royal Navy (proper terminology?) serving out of Stonehouse, Devon, England.  His Grandfather died on 'expedition' in Mexico in 1862.

I'm told that George Lewis would not talk about his experiences overseas.  Consequently, I'm trying to put something together that would help explain what he went though, and where he went.  It's important that my children (and the rest of my family) know the sacrifices that were made for them by all the lads.

I was fascinated how a person could sign up for one War return home safely and want to do it again!  Talk about dedication. 



George Lewis Martin and his wife, Maude, just prior to his death

The above was supplied by GL Martin's Great-Granddaughter, Natalie Skuce


Above is a recent photo (2008) of the home
where George was living at the time of his death



Little Lake Cemetery
Peterborough ON


George Martin Boer War Veteran Dies

From the Peterborough Examiner, Tuesday, July 3, 1951 

Veteran of two wars, the Boer War and the First World War, George Lewis Martin, 74, 467 Braidwood Ave., Died in hospital Sunday following a lengthy illness. 

Mr. Martin was born in Devonshire, England, son of the late Edwin Lewis Martin and Louisa Hamet and has resided here since 1914.  Formerly, he lived in Norwood, coming there from England in 1909.   He was an employee of the Brinton-Peterborough Carpet Co., and was foreman of the sewing department before his retirement in 1940. 

He joined the North Hampshire Regiment in 1895 and received both the King’s and Queen’s South African medals and six clasps for service.  In 1914 he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was in France with the 21st Battalion. 

Mr. Martin was a member and former warden of St. George’s Anglican Church, and a member of the Canadian Legion Branch 52. 

He leaves his wife, the former Maude Emily Cole; three sons, George and Roberts, Peterborough, and Pte. Edwin, Camp Borden; one daughter, Mrs. W.J. Wood (Elsie), Uxbridge and one sister Mrs. Jack Hicks, England.

The funeral will be held from the Comstock Funeral Home to St. George’s Anglican church, Wednesday, at 2p.m.  The Rev. H. J. Scuse will conduct the service.  Burial will be in Little Lake cemetery.

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