William John Martin (1278)

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William John Martin (1278)
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 22 May 1898
Place of Birth Dartford, Kent, England
Death 8 Mar 1958, aged 59
Place of Death Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 17 years, 1 month
Description 5' 4" (1.063m) tall ; 139 lbs
63.049 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Brick maker
Religion Baptist
Address Beenup, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Lewis Arthur Martin
Military Information
Reg Number 1278
Date of Enlistment 18 Jun 1915
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 10th Light Horse Regiment, 9th Reinforcement / 3rd Light Horse Brigade, ANZAC Mounted Div
Date of Embarkation 4 Oct 1915 ‒ 27 Oct 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A20 Hororata
Date of Return 10 Jul 1919 ‒ 4 Aug 1919
Ship Returned On SS Oxfordshire from Kantara
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Armadale War Memorial (Beenup panel)
Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

Trained in Australia first with the 9th reinforcement draft for the 10th Light Horse Regiment, then the 10th draft, and back to the 9th draft, before travelling to Egypt with them.

In Egypt Bill spent several months in the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Training Regiment and then on 26 Feb 1916 he was transferred from Base Depot in Heliopolis to Serapeum where he joined the 10th Light Horse Depot. Between 9 - 15 Jul 1916 he was treated in Serapeum by the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance with diarrhoea, before joining the unit proper on 9 Sep 1916 at Hod El Aras south west of Romani.

His first clash with military law took place at Masaid on 26 Jan 1917 when he used intemperate language towards an Officer. From 24 Apr until 11 May 1917 he was hospitalised with dyspepsia, being transferred from the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance to the 26th Casualty Clearing Station and then on 30 Apr 1917 to the 14th Australian General Hospital at Abbassia. When discharged from the hospital on 11 May 1917 he joined the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Training Regiment at Moascar. Over the next few months he had two cases of AWOL dealt with to his detriment, before he finally rejoined his unit on 23 Jun 1917.

Again unwell on 7 Jun 1918, he was treated at the 3rd Light Horse Brigade Field Ambulance and the 76th Casualty Clearing Station before entering the 47th Stationary Hospital in Kantara followed by the 14th Australian General Hospital in Abbassia on 25 Jun 1918. He doesn't appear to have been discharged until 27 Jul 1918 and seems not to have been writing home often as there is a query from Miss L. Martin from the Whitby Hotel, Mundijong in July 1918 concerning his whereabouts.

Bull was discharged by the 5th Military District on 23 Nov 1919.

Post War

In 1921 married Violet Maud Coxhead. Electoral Roll entries: 1922 - 1925 labourer, Armadale; 1928 - 1943 Clifton road, Byford, labourer; 1949 -1954 Eleventh avenue Armadale, brickmaker.

On 29 May 1942 William enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircraftman, and later served as a cook, serving with Number 80743 until 18 Jan 1946.


Two alternate dates of birth, both gleaned from his WW2 records: 6 Jun 1899 ( and 22 May 1898. Adopting the earlier birth date means he was still just 17 at the time of his WW1 enlistment.

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