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Nottingham
Harry Martin was born in 1898 he was the son of Alfred Frederick and Annie Rose Martin (née Fisher). Both parents were born in Nottingham. Alfred Frederick on 2 March 1873, the son of James and Mary Martin, and baptised at Nottingham St Patrick (Anglican) on 4 May 1873. Annie Rose Fisher was born in 1873 (O/N/D Nottingham). They were married at Nottingham St Ann 5 November 1892 and had nine children of whom six survived childhood: George birth registered 1894 (J/F/M), Harry b. abt 1898, Arthur b. 31 May 1900, Florence Edith b. 1902, Robert b. 1905 and Stanley b. 1907. One of the children to died young may have been Lily Mabel b. 1893 (J/F/M) d. 1896 (A/M/J). In 1901 Alfred (28), a bricklayer's labourer, and Annie (27) were living at 4 Oxford Square, Nottingham, with their three sons, George (8), Harry (4) and Arthur (1). By 1911 they were living at 8 Deligne Street, New Radford; Alfred was working as a lace cutter. He and Annie now had six children: George a threader, Harry a lace draughtsman, Arthur, Florence (8), Robert (5) and Stanley (3).
He was a lace draughtsman in 1911.
27 May 1918
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1438879 - CWGC Website
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Corporal
South Nottinghamshire Hussars
Corporal Harry Martin enlisted at Nottingham, he served with the South Nottinghamshire Hussars and was killed on 27th May 1918 when he was travelling aboard 'The Leasowe Castle troopship when it was torpedoed and sunk. His name is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt
This account is from a local resident posted on the Woodborough village website. The Hussars had been fighting in the Middle East and they were returning to France where they were to be re-formed as a machine gun company. Their new title was to be the South Notts Machine Gun Battalion. They were sent to Alexandria, Egypt and had received orders to embark on a transporter ship called the "Leasowe Castle" on 23th May 1918 ¹. On 27th May, the ship was struck by a torpedo with devastating results. A very detailed account of the fateful journey may be read in the historical records of the South Notts Hussars Yeomanry by G. Fellows. The "Leasowe Castle" was one of a convoy of six transporters and they were accompanied by a number of destroyers. The weather was good, the sea was calm and a brilliant moon shone in the night sky. At 1.30 am on May 27th 1918 when the ship was about 104 miles from Alexandria, the "Leasowe Castle" was struck by a torpedo on the starboard side. The engines were immediately stopped. The troops mustered to their stations, rolls were called, boats lowered and rafts flung overboard. The Japanese destroyer "R" stood by, while the remainder of the convoy continued on their journey at full speed. We are informed that perfect order was maintained on board, the men standing quietly at their stations as if on parade, while those detailed for the work assisted in lowering the boats. Lifeboats were launched in the course of forty five minutes and the rescue attempt continued smoothly. The "Leasowe Castle" remained fairly steady, though sinking a little at the stern, with a slight list to port. All of 'B' (Warwickshire Yeomanry) Company of the Battalion went over the port side and were picked up in the water. About 1.45am. HM sloop "Lily" appeared having turned back from the convoy to assist in the work of rescue. She ran her bows up to the starboard side of the "Leasowe Castle" and made fast, so that troops were able to pass quickly on board. Meanwhile the Japanese destroyer put up a smoke screen for protection. Suddenly about 3.00am a bulkhead in the aft part of the ship gave way, and with a loud noise the "Leasowe Castle" sank rapidly. The "Lily" had a narrow escape, as the hawsers connecting her with the sinking ship were cut with an axe just in time. His brother Private George Frederick Martin served with the 1/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles). He attested in the Territorial Force (Sherwood Foresters) in May 1911 at the age of 17 years 4 months. He served in the regular army from 5 August 1914 and was with the BEF in France from 28 February 1915. He was killed in action three months later on 31st May 1915.He was buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium (grave ref. A.57); the service was conducted by the Rev. JP Hales, the Sherwood Foresters' chaplain.
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