Thomas Jesse "Martt" Martin

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 10, 1894

Born to Thomas and Emily Harriet (nee Young) Martin in Coventry, England.


Jan 18, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion in Chatham, Ontario

Ø      Number 400584

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Martin, father, Wallaceburg, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist


Aug 11, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent and was transferred the same day to the Reinforcement Company.


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the battalion’s 2nd draft.


Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe, where the entire draft was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion.


Jan 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Jan 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 227 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jan 15, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion.


Jan 18, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve in Ridgewood, France and was assigned to No. 8 Platoon of “B” Company.


Jun 24, 1916

Proceeded on the Lewis Gun course at the Divisional School.


Dec 17, 1916

Admitted to No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Tonsillitis.


Dec 21, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No. 4 CFA.


Dec 27, 1916

Discharged to duty from the Rest Station.


Jan 17, 1917

During the trench raid at Calonne, Private Martin received a severe shrapnel wound to his right arm and was admitted to the No. 4 CFA.  After receiving first aid, he was transferred to the No. 5 CFA, then the same day he was transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.  The shrapnel fractured his right elbow and wrist.


Jan 21, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers.


Jan 30, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital.


Feb 1, 1917

Admitted to the 3rd Southern General Hospital in Oxford.


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital.


Apr 20, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom.


Jun 23, 1917

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate.


Aug 25, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Ramsgate.


Aug 30, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom.


Oct 23, 1917

Transferred to the Manor War Hospital, Epsom where it is recorded that his tonsils became infected again.  Doctors here recommended removal of his tonsils, but Private Martin declined to have the surgery.


Oct 26, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom.


Feb 16, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, embarking in Liverpool.

Mar 1, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to London, Ontario where he was to be admitted to the London Convalescent House..


Jul 30, 1918

The Medical Board in London noted that he has very limited movement of his right arm and wrist, in addition to marked weakness in the arm, wrist and hand.  The board recommended that he be discharged from the CEF as Medically Unfit.


Aug 12, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” Was issued but the number was not recorded in the file

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Wallaceburg, Ontario

Ø      Noted as being entitled to wear “One Gold Stripe” (wound stripe)

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 399 Jones Ave., Toronto, Ontario.  This is the same address that is recorded for him and his wife in the 1921 Canadian Census.


Sep 23, 1919

Married to Grace Candlish Taylor in Toronto, Ontario.


Jan 2, 1983

Died in Wallaceburg, Ontario Buried in the Riverview Cemetery there.


Thomas Jesse Marin is honoured for his service in the Wallaceburg Memorial Rock Garden

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