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Fred was born at Arnold in 1887, 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. Fred married his wife Mabel Florence Lee (born 1891 ) in 1912, their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they lived at 48 Marshall Street, Sherwood, Nottingham, they had two children, Sidney b1912 and Edith b1913. Following his death his widow Mabel was awarded a pension of 25 shillings and 5 pence a week which commenced on 2nd June 1919. In 1923, Mabel married Joseph Peck at Nottingham. They lived at 10, Glenroy Terrace, Hood Street, Sherwood, Nottingham.
Fred Martin was employed in the lace trade.
04 Nov 1918
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Lance Corporal
1st Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Lance Corporal Fred Martin enlisted at Nottingham and joined the 1st Battalion the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was posted into “D” Company. In November 1918, they were in the area of Monceau north west of Avesnes. The resistance of the German Army was crumbling fast and they had been pushed back behind the Scheldt River along a 20 mile front. The Americans played a big part in this final push punching a way through the German defences near Buzancy, thus making space for the French to cross the River Aisne. He was killed in action on 4th November 1918, having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 8
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