Richard Wales Martin

Royal Naval Division

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Unit/Regiment Royal Naval Division
Battalion Drake
Rank Able Seaman
Service Number Z/1389
Theatre of War first served in France
Date of entry therein 25/10/15
Age at Death 37
Date of Death 03/12/1916
Burial/Memorial Newport (Christchurch) Cemetery
CWGC Family Details Husband of Ellen Martin of 34, Dudley Street, Newport, Mons.
“Thy way not mine o Lord”
Born West Bromwich, Staffs.
Enlisted 15/6/15
Resided 34, Dudley Street, Newport
How Died Died of wounds
Theatre of War
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Notes Wounded invalided to UK 19/11/16
Died of wounds in 2nd Southern General Hospital, Bristol.

Richard Wales Martin's Story

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Richard Martin was born in West Bromwich on 26th June 1886. In 1905 he married Ellen Halford, they had five children. In 1911 Richard was lodging with his brother and family in 30, Dudley Street, Newport, they were both working for the Orb works.


Richard joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves 15th June 1915, he was attached to Drake battalion.

Richard was wounded and sent back to the UK on 19th November 1916 and was sent to 2nd General Hospital, Bristol. He died of his wounds in the morning of 3rd December 1916.

He was buried in Christchurch Cemetery in Newport. Ellen was left with five small children to support. Richard was 37 years old when he died.