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Joseph Archibald Lorraine MARTIN

Regimental number2058
Place of birthSouth Grafton, New South Wales
SchoolHillgrove Public School, New South Wales
AddressHillgrove, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Champion Martin, Elsmere Street, Hillgrove, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 13th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (1894 Class, certificate obtained and presented).
Enlistment date28 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 October 1915
Place of enlistmentArmidale, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 18 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Joseph Champion and Mary Jane MARTIN, Taylor Street, Armidale, New South Wales. Native of South Grafton, New South Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 18 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Found guilty, 24 March 1916, of being absent without leave from 1500 hours until Tattoo, 23 March 1916: awarded 14 days' confined to barracks and fined 6 days' pay and 1 day's pay by Royal Warrant.

Taken on strength of 31st Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of wounded, now, 22 August 1916, to be reported as 'Wounded and Missing, 20 July 1916'.

Previous report of wounded and missing, now, 1 December 1916, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103: 'Buried in vicinity of Fleurbaix, Sh.36 N.W.'

Statement on Red Cross File No 1720704, 2294 Pte J. CALDWELL, A Company, 31st Bn, 16 May 1917: 'On the 19th July he [MARTIN] and 5 others were killed by a pigeon bomb. I saw his dead body at Fleurbaix ... I know nothing of his burial.'

Second statement, 2151 Pte W. MADIGAN, 31st Bn (patient, 4th Australian General Hospital, Randwick), 9 November 1916: 'On the 19th July at Fleurbaix, Informant saw Martin hit in the shoulder by shrapnel while in the front line of trenches. Martin lay down and Informant did not see him again.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, MARTIN Joseph Archibald Lorraine
Red Cross file 1720704

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