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IMG_2033Under the Midland Counties Express “Pictorial Roll of Honour” that appears on 18 November 1916, there is an entry for a Sergeant Martin, which reads as follows:

A Former Wolverhampton Worker

Up to the time of enlisting, in November, 1914, Sergeant Martin worked at Messrs. Orme, Evans’, Brickkiln-street, Wolverhampton. He lived at 35, Compton-street, near the works, and joined up with the South Staffords, where he was promoted to the rank of corporal. Dangerously wounded in the abdomen, Martin slowly recovered and was subsequently transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment, in which he unfortunately met his death. While serving his King and country in that regiment Martin was promoted to the rank of sergeant. Twenty-four years of age, he had only been married since May 7th of the present year.

The marriage of Mark Martin to Elsie M. Bonegal was registered in Wolverhampton in June 1916. A search of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site reveals that the only man with the surname “Martin” who was also a sergeant in the West Yorkshire Regiment was a Lance-Serjeant M. Martin, who was killed on 12 September 1916, so presumably this is the same man.

Mark Martin was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Mark and Emily Martin. In 1901 they appear at 75 Zoar Street, along with Mark’s brother William and sisters Mary, Sellina, Margaret, Emily and Sarah. In 1911, the family are at 13 Jeddo Street, and Mark and his parents are joined by his brother William and sister Emily. Mark is listed as a General Labourer.

When in the South Staffordshire Regiment, Mark’s service number was 15662; this became 31403 when he joined the 22nd Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He is commemorated at the Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France.

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