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Martin was born at Arnold in 1889, the son of Martin Luther and Elizabeth Mary Lacey of Furlong Street, Arnold. Martin Snr was born in 1866 at Loughborough, Leicestershire and worked as a framework knitter whilst Eliza was born in London in 1865. He had four brothers and sisters, Hannah born 1886,Robert born 1892, Edith born 1898 and Lawrence born 1900. He was married prior to the outbreak of the war to Florence Olive Lacey (nee Mees) of Edwards Cottages, Redhill Lane, Arnold, Nottingham. They were married on 10th September 1910 and had two children Cyril Arther born 17th March 1909 and Hubert Stanley born 3rd October 1918. He worked as a motor driver before enlisting.
He was employed as a motor driver
09 Nov 1918
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Army Service Corps
He attested at Avonmouth on 8th August 1914, his medical records indicate that he was six feet tall and weighed 160 lbs and had a chest measurement of 42 inches. He arrived in France on 18th August 1914 and was posted to 4th Division supply column. He was appointed acting Lance Corporal on 13th July 1915. On 5th Sept 1915 he was made up to acting corporal and on 18th October 1915 was promoted to acting sergeant and finally to full sergeant on 6th March 1916. He served throughout the war but became ill and was sent to 30th General Hospital in France. He died of influenza two days before fighting ceased on 9th November 1918. He is buried at Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangate, France At the time of his death he was serving with the 50th Auxiliary Bus Corp of the Army Service Corps
Obituaries published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 9th November 1920:- “LACEY. – In ever-loving memory of my dear husband, Luter, late Sergt. in A.S.C., who passed away at 30th General Hospital, Calais, November 9th, 1918, after four years and three months' service abroad. Gone from our home, how we miss him, loving him dearly his memory we'll keep, nto so long as life lasts shall we ever forget him, but oh, how we long to know where he sleeps. – Loving wife and children. “LACEY. – In loving memory of Sergt. M. L. Lacey, of Arnold, who died of influenza, at Calais, on November 9th, 1918, after 4¼ years service. Only those who have loved and lost can understand war's bitter cost. Sadly missed by sorrowing mother, father, sisters and brothers Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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