Richard MARTIN

MARTIN, Richard

Service Numbers: 1359, 1359A
Enlisted: 17 December 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Queensland, 1891
Home Town: Cleveland, Redland, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Railway labourer
Died: Killed In Action, To Be Determined, France, 28 March 1918
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

17 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, Brisbane, Queensland
13 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359A, 15th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
13 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359A, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Bee, Brisbane
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, 15th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
6 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 47th Infantry Battalion
9 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , Shell shock
7 Jun 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, 47th Infantry Battalion, Battle of Messines, 2nd occasion - GSW (right forearm)
13 Oct 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, 47th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres, 3rd occasion - GSW (right hand)
28 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1359, 47th Infantry Battalion, German Spring Offensive 1918

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...1359 Private Richard Martin, an Aboriginal serviceman who served in the 47th Battalion. Pte Martin of North Stradbroke Island is thought to have lied about his place of birth when he enlisted, possibly to avoid being rejected because of his colour. On his file held at the National Archives of Australia his place of birth is listed as Dunedin, New Zealand, however, his next of kin is listed as his brother, Mr M A Martin of Cleveland, Qld. Cleveland is just across the bay from North Stradbroke island. Pte Martin originally enlisted in the 15th Battalion on 17 December 1914 and served with this unit at Gallipoli but was transferred to the 47th Battalion when the Army was expanded in early 1916. Pte Martin embarked from Alexandria on 14 June 1916 bound for Marseilles. In three years of fighting on the Western Front he was wounded in action three times; evacuated suffering shell shock on 10 August 1916, returning to his unit four days later, wounded in action in Belgium on 7 June 1917 and again on 11 October 1917. He was killed in action on 28 March 1918." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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