George Henry Martin MM MID

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George Henry Martin MM MID
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Western Mail 26 Aug 1915 page 5, 12 May 1916 & Sunday Times 17 Feb 1918
Personal Information
Date of Birth 19 Jun 1892
Place of Birth Kelmscott, Western Australia
Death 28 Jun 1963, aged 71
Place of Death Kelmscott, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 22 years, 4 months
Description 5'7½" (1.71m) tall ; 140 lbs
63.503 kg
; sallow complexion ; grey eyes ; black hair
Occupation Sleeper cutter
Religion Presbyterian
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs. Rosina Sarah Martin
Military Information
Reg Number 78 & W67632
Date of Enlistment 15 Oct 1914
Rank Staff Sergeant (Quarter Master Sergeant)
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, B Company, 4th Brigade, 1st Division on Gallipoli; 4th Division on the Western Front
Date of Embarkation 22 Dec 1914 ‒ 1 Feb 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A40 Ceramic
Date of Return 24 Aug 1918 ‒ 15 Oct 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A7 Medic
Fate Wounded in Action 21 May 1915 Gallipoli
Returned to Australia
Remained in Australia ww2
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (North Panel)
Jarrahdale Honour Roll
ANZAC Memorial Park (Byford)
Medals Military Medal
Mentioned in Despatches
1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

On enlistment George was allocated to the 16th Battalion, travelling with them to Broadmeadows camp where units of the 4th brigade were gathering prior to departure for Egypt. They departed for Egypt from Port Melbourne aboard HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 Dec 1914, and arrived in Alexandria on 1 Feb 1915. Following a period of training in Egypt they embarked for the Gallipoli Peninsular via Mudross harbour aboard HMT Haida Pascha on 12 Apr 1915, landing in the early evening of 25 Apr 1915.

Wounded with a gunshot wound to his head on 21 May 1915, George was admitted to the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital at Mudros on the island of Lemnos for treatment, before returning to his unit on 29 May 1915. He reported sick to the 4th Field Ambulance in Rest Gully with Gastric Enteritis on 12 Aug 1915, before being promoted Corporal on 5 Sep 1915. On 19 Sep 1915 he was again admitted to the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital on Lemnos, this time with diarrhoea, and he was then transferred to HMT Caledonia on 7 Oct 1915 for travel to the Convalescent Depot at Gibraltar before being shipped aboard HMAT A70 Ballarat to England on 25 Oct 1915 where he was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital on 31 Oct 1915. He returned by ship from Devonport to Alexandria and on by train to Ghezirah before rejoining his unit which was then at Tel-el-Kebir on 9 Mar 1916.

He arrived to find it being split to form the 16th and 48th Battalions, and as a result he was promoted to Sergeant on 22 Mar 1916, remaining with the 16th Battalion. Before entering France through Marseille aboard HMT Canada, he was admitted to hospital for 3 days on 22 May 1916 with influenza. He was again hospitalised from 15 Feb to 5 Apr 1917. Sir Douglas Haig's despatch of 9 Apr 1917 made a Special Mention of him.[1]. From 7 July to 2 Oct 1917 he was posted to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford in England, and soon after his return to the 16th Battalion, on 23 Oct 1917 he was promoted to Company Quarter Master Sergeant (CQMS).

On 15 Dec 1917 he was awarded the Military Medal. As one of the originals he was transferred to AIF HQ in London on 11 Aug 1918 for Special Transport Duty, his return to Australia being as a "Submarine Guard" aboard HMAT A7 Medic then acting as a Hospital Ship. Disembarking at Melbourne on 15 Oct 1918 he underwent an operation to remove bomb fragments from his right temple. George was discharged by the 5th Military District on 21 Dec 1918.

Award Comment

Mention in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig's despatch of 9th April 1917 as deserving of special mention.[2][3]

Military Medal

"Is brought under notice for gallantry, and conduct of the highest order near BROODSEINDE. During the night of 22nd/23rd October, 1917, our lines were very heavily shelled throughout, and many direct hits were made on the post where this N.C.O. was in charge. Regardless of personal risk, he moved about amongst his men encouraging them, and when casualties occurred he was always to be found attending to the wounded. At great risk, he personally supervised working hard himself, the re-building of his damaged post, and though he was once badly shaken by a very close shell burst, he still carried on. His coolness throughout, and his cheerfulness went far towards keeping the men in good heart during a very trying night. He is recommended for high distinction."

Post War

MARTIN-LOCKHART.- On December 11, 1918, at Gosnells Methodist Church, by Rev J. Green, C.Q.M.S., George Henry (Anzac, 16th Battalion A.I.F.), fourth son of Mrs. G. K. Martin, of Kelmscott, to. Ivy Maude, fourth daughter of Mr. C. Lockhart of Gosnells.[7] Ivy died 30 Nov 1976 aged 82.

Electoral Roll entries: 1921-1925 "Ballanu", Perth road, Williams, farmer; 1925 - 1958 in Kelmscott, an orchardist. 1968 - 1972 Ivy remained in Rundle street, Kelmscott following George's death until her own.

MARTIN once I. Lockhart.- On January 27 at Nurse Menzies's Hospital, Narrogin, to Mr. and Mrs. G. H Martin, of the Williams - a daughter. (Corallie Rose). Both well.[8]

MARTIN, (nee Lockhart).-On October 24 at Nurse Lawrence's, Williams, to Mr. and Mrs. George Martin, of Williams - twin daughters (Lorna and Edna). All well.[9]

MARTIN. GEORGE, of Kelmscott, a daughter, on June 25.[10]

World War II Service

During World War 2 George enlisted in the Volunteer Defence Corps on 22 Mar 1942 at Armadale and was allocated to the 2nd (Fremantle) VDC Battalion. On 1 Jul 1942 he was promoted to Sergeant in 'D' Company, and on 1 Aug 1942 to Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 2). His regimental number was W67632. On 11 Jan 1944 George was discharged at his own request.

George Henry Martin MM MID
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Plaque Information
Date of Birth Not known
Age at Death 72 years
Transcription In Loving Memory of George Henry Martin Born 1891 Died 28/06/1963 Aged 72 Years


  1. AIF List No 744 dated 11 May 1917
  2. Haig's despatch dated 9 Apr 1917 published as a Supplement to the London Gazette No. 30107 Friday 1 Jun 1917
  3. Commonwealth Gazette No 169. on 4 Oct 1917 pp 2622-2625.
  4. Military Medal awarded 15 Dec 1917 via AIF List 295, published in 1st ANZAC Routine Order No 98 dated 15 Dec 1917
  5. London Gazette No 30507 Second Supplement dated 1 Feb 1918
  6. 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95 Date: 27 June 1918
  7. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXIV, (1,724). Western Australia. 10 January 1919. p. 26. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXV, (1,782). Western Australia. 19 February 1920. p. 27. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XXXVIII, (1,972). Western Australia. 15 November 1923. p. 27. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. "Family Notices". Western Mail. XLIII, (2,213). Western Australia. 12 July 1928. p. 42. Retrieved 20 July 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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