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Martin Banks was born in Wolverhampton on 27 February 1896, the son of Martin and Emma Banks. Martin’s father died the same year as he was born, so by 1901, Martin and his mother were living with his grandmother, Elizabeth Guest, at 13 Bristol Street, Bilston. Martin’s mother remarried to a William Seager in 1905. In 1911 they were living at 15 Bow Street, Bilston, together with Martin’s step-sister Mary Ann and step-brother John. Martin had become a moulder for an iron foundry.

Martin’s name is listed on the Bilston Methodist Church roll of honour as a local man who served (but did not fall in action). However, I have not been able to confirm details of his military service, as there are a couple of possibilities. Martin married Jemima Higgins in 1927, and they had a son, Reginald, later that year. Martin died in Wolverhampton in 1978.

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