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Arthur Martin was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of Arthur and Florence Martin. In 1901 they were living at “Ivanhoe”, Hordern Road, together with Arthur’s grandmother, Hannah Cockerill. Arthur attended the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School. At some point he must have worked for Mander Brothers Ltd paint and varnish works.

He enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) (number 52307). He died on 20 July 1918, and is commemorated at the Soissons Memorial. He also appears on memorials from the Higher Grade School and Mander Brothers Ltd.