William Walter MARTIN


MARTIN, William Walter

Service Number: 16471
Enlisted: 30 December 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Ross, Tasmania, Australia, May 1891
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 September 1918
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Bellicourt British Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No. I), France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Municipality of Ross Roll of Honour, Ross St. John's Anglican Church HR, Ross War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

30 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 16471, 15th Field Artillery Brigade
4 Jul 1916: Involvement Gunner, SN 16471, 15th Field Artillery Brigade
4 Jul 1916: Embarked Gunner, SN 16471, 15th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Berrima, Melbourne
26 Mar 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 58th Infantry Battalion
20 Jun 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 16471, 58th Infantry Battalion, GSW to shoulder
30 Sep 1918: Involvement Private, SN 16471, 58th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From The Museum at The Tasmanian Wool Centre

Pte William Walter MARTIN

William was 24 years old and living in Melbourne when he enlisted in December 1915. He arrived in France in January 1917 with a contingent of reinforcements for the 15th Battalion.

In June he was admitted to hospital suffering from trench fever. In November 1917, he married 20 year old Christina Edith Merchant.

He then returned to France to serve with the 58th Battalion. He received gunshot would to the shoulder in June 1918. At the end of September, William was killed during an advance on the Hindenburg Line and was buried in the British Cemetery at Bellicourt.

His widow Christina later moved to Canada and in 1922 applied for assisted passage to Australia.

William’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.