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. 

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

 Below is from his WW1 service file

Feb 1, 1877

Born in Stonehouse, Plymouth, England to Edwin Lewis and Harriett Louisa (nee Perkins) Martin


Aug 6, 1895

Attested into the Northamptonshire Regiment in England

The 2nd Northamptonshire Regiment battalion sailed for South Africa in October of 1899.  He saw action at the battles of Belmont and Enslin and came under attack near Graspan.  Finally, he was stationed in the area of Central Transvaal until the end of the war

For this he earned the Queen’s and King’s South Africa Medals with total of 6 clasps


Aug 5, 1907

Discharged from the Northamptonshire Regiment


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59640 (temporary number 327)

Ø  Next of kin given as Lewis J. Martin, Caroline Post Office, Innisfil, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as Northampton Regiment with service in South Africa

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.




Nov 25, 1914

Married to Maud Emily Cole in the Church of St. George, Peterborough, Ontario


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the newly formed 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company in St. Marie Cappel, France and his rank was changed to Sapper, the engineers equivalent to the rank of Private


May 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and transferred the same day to the No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 26, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Sep 20, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Tunnelling Company for duty


Sep 30, 1916

Rejoined the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company in Busseboom, Belgium


Dec 15, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 27, 1916

Rejoined the tunnelling company from leave near Ploegsteert, Belgium


Jul 21, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 18, 1917

Admitted to the No. 11 Australian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Aug 21, 1917

Transferred to the No. 2 ACCS (Australian Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred to the 3rd Division Rest Station


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the No. 16 General Hospital in Le Treport, France


Aug 27, 1917

Discharged to the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) in Etaples, France


Sep 12, 1917

After leaving the general base depot, Sapper Martin rejoined the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company near Ploegsteert, Belgium


Dec 28, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 12, 1918

Rejoined the tunnelling company from leave east of Ypres, Belgium


Dec 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 11, 1919

Rejoined the tunnelling company from leave near Pont Rouge, Belgium


Mar 3, 1919

Proceeded to England and attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) in Seaford


Apr 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Apr 21, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246657

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o W.T. Buck at RR #4, Norwood, Ontario


Jul 1, 1951

George Lewis Martin died of Arteriosclerosis while a patient of the Peterborough Civic Hospital, Peterborough, Ontario and was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery in Peterborough


George Lewis Martin is remembered on the Wall of Honour in
Peterborough, Ontario





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

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


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