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Frank Martin was born in 1896 in Arnold, he was the son of Joseph a coal miner hewer and Charlotte Martin née Ball of Nottingham Road, Daybrook, Nottingham. His father Joseph was born in 1858 at Arnold, his mother Charlotte Ball was born in 1860 at Thurgarton, they were married in 1882 their marriage was recorded in the . Basford registration district, they went on to have 12 children, sadly 1 died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children all born in Arnold were , Edith b1884, Fred b1887, Annie b1889, James b1891, Charlotte b1892, Ellen b1894, Frank b1896, Ernest b1898, Alfred b1900, Wilfred b1901 and Mabel b1902. In the 1911 Census the family were living at Nottingham Road, Arnold. and were shown as Joseph 53 yrs a coal miner hewer, he is living with his wife Charlotte 51 yrs and their children, Edith 27 yrs a hosiery point seamer, Fred 24 yrs a lace hand, Annie 22 yrs a hosiery hand, James 20 yrs a lace brass bobbin winder, Charlotte 19 yrs a laundry ironer, Ellen 17 yrs a hosiery point seamer, Frank 15 yrs a coal ganger, Ernest 13 yrs at home, Alfred 11 yrs a scholar, Wilfred 10 yrs a scholar, and Mabel 9 yrs a scholar. Frank married his wife Daisy Gomm (born 1895) in 1916 their marriage was recorded in the Watford registration district, they went on to have a son Sydney Francis born 1916, they lived at 90 Estcrust Road, Watford. Following his death his widow Daisy was awarded a pension of 22 shillings and 11 pence a week which commenced on 25th November 1918.
He was employed as a coal miner at Newstead Colliery
21 Mar 1918
780533 - CWGC Website
2/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Sergeant Frank Martin was called up as a territorial in 1914 enlisting at Kimberly, and he was living at Watford in Hertfordshire, he was married and was living there when the battalion was in training in the area in 1914/15. In 1916 while his battalion was in Ireland during the Irish rebellion he was wounded. After recovering he went with his battalion to France in 1917. It was on 2nd March 1918 he was reported missing while in action at Noreuil-Ervillers, France, he had in fact been taken prisoner by the Germans. While in captivity behind the German lines he was killed by concussion from an exploding shell. His name is commemorated on the Arras memorial
His older brother Fred also served and died during the 'Great War'
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