Herbert Wilfred Martin MM

Corporal

Army Service Corps    
North Staffordshire Regiment 48762 8th Battalion

Photo courtesy Keith Fretwell

Photo of Herbert Wildred Martin in uniform

Notes
Wilfred was born in Crich in January 1894, the son of Frederick Martin and Mary Ann Taylor. He was a member of the Boys Brigade and Crich Church Choir in his youth. Wilfred worked as a miner at Wingfield Manor Colliery for most of his working life. He married Alice Clarke at St Mary’s Church, Crich in January 1915 and lived in the village all his life, dying there in November 1965 aged seventy-one.
He enlisted in the Army Service Corps in September 1914 and was later transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment. During August 1918, whilst serving with the 8th Battalion in France, he was awarded the Military Medal.
This was published in the London Gazette on 26 August 1918.

Derbyshire Times 17th August 1918
MILITARY MEDALS
CORPL. W. H. MARTIN CRICH
Newspaper photo of Herbert Wilfred MartinCorpl. Wilfred H. Martin, son of Mr Fred Martin, North View Crich, writes to his parents and wife that he has been awarded the Military Medal. He enlisted in the ASC in September 1914 and was afterwards transferred to the North Staffs Regiment and drafted into France. He is 22 years of age and was a member of Crich Parish Church Choir and Boys Brigade.

Derbyshire Times 15th February 1919
MILITARY MEDALS
Corpl. Herbert Wilfred Martin, 8th North Staffs Regt, of Crich, was presented with the Military Medal by Major Hurt, of Alderwasley, at the Parochial School, Crich, on Saturday. After pinning the medal on his breast, the Major warmly shook hands and heartily congratulated him on his bravery. He also paid a high tribute to the Crich boys for their splendid response to the call, many of whom have laid down their lives for their King and Country. Dr Harry Rankin likewise referred to the great effort made by Crich in the war. The act of bravery which won for Corpl. Martin the medal occurred on Palm Sunday 1918 at Beugny, near Bapaume. The ribbon was presented to him by General Birdwood in front of the Division. Corpl. Martin enlisted in October 1914 and was wounded in action.

Family History Notes: Prunella Bradshaw (relative)
Herbert enlisted in the Army Service Corp in September 1914 and was later transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment (Reg. No. 48762). Whilst serving with the 8th Battalion in France he was awarded the Military Medal during August 1918 (London Gazette 30872 published 26 August 1918).
Herbert was born in Crich in January 1894, the son of Frederick Martin and Mary Ann Taylor; a member of the Boys Brigade and Crich Church Choir in his youth; a miner at Wingfield Manor Colliery for most of his working life. He married Alice Clarke at Crich in January 1915, lived in Crich all his life and died there in November 1965 aged 71.

1918 Voters List
Herbert Wilfred Martin, The Common, absent on military service.

Photo courtesy Keith Fretwell

Hernert Wilfred Martin with his army colleagues

Wilfred sitting

Photo courtesy Peter Byard

Photo of Manor Colliery

Manor Colliery where Wilfred worked

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Fred Martin Head 38 Hosiery factory hand Wirksworth
Mary Ann Martin wife 33   Crich
Ethel Martin daughter 12   Crich
Katie Martin daughter 8   Crich
Wilfred Martin son 7   Crich
Edna Martin daughter 4   Crich
Harriet Martin daughter 2   Crich
Nora Martin daughter 1   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 29 page 4

1911: Park Head, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Fred Martin Head 48 Hosiery factory hand Wirksworth
Mary Ann Martin wife 43   Park Head
Ethel Martin daughter 22 School teacher Crich
Beatrice Martin daughter 20 Cotton ? piecer Crich
Catherine Martin daughter 18 Factory hand hosiery minder Crich
Wilfred Martin son 17 Collier pony driver in pit Crich
Edna Martin daughter 14 Cotton spinner bobbins Crich
Harriet Martin daughter 12 At school Crich
Nora Martin daughter 11 At school Crich
Earnest Martin son 9 At school Crich
Alfred Martin son 7 At school Crich
Eva Martin daughter 6 At school Crich
Esther Martin daughter 5 At school Crich

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