Eric Douglas MARTIN

MARTIN, Eric Douglas

Service Number: 914
Enlisted: 20 August 1914, Surrey Hills, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dandenong, Victoria , 1893
Home Town: Dandenong, Greater Dandenong, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Market gardener
Died: Died of wounds, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 25 April 1915
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Originally buried in an isolated grave, Anzac, Victoria Gully, North side 150 yards from water tanks, Gallipoli, Eric was re-interred at the Browns Dip Cemetery in 1921. Two years later he was moved to his final resting place at the Lone Pine Cemetey., Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Dandenong Shire Roll of Honour, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

20 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 914, 8th Infantry Battalion, Surrey Hills, Victoria
19 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 914, 8th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 914, 8th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 914, 8th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli, D Company. Wounded in action, Eric was initially reported missing.

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Biography contributed by Karen Standen

1915 'PATRIOTIC NEWS.', South Bourke and Mornington Journal (Richmond, Vic. : 1877 - 1920; 1926 - 1927), 6 May, p. 2. (WEEKLY.),

Fighting for the Empire. 
One of Dandenong's Volunteers killed in Action.

On Monday evening, when it became known that Private Eric Douglas Martin had been killed in action whilst fighting with the Expeditionary Force, which have been engaged with the enemy at the Dardanelles, war and all its awful consequences was brought right home to residents of this town, and truly sympathetic feelings were expressed on all sides for the bereaved relatives.

Eager enquiries were made in regard to other volunteers from these parts, but no further information is available at the time of our going to press.

Private Eric Douglas Martin, who was the second son of Mr Wm H. Martin, of Keysborough, was a native of that township. Five years ago young Martin entered the Dandenong post office as a telegraph messenger, and, during the five years that he occupied a position on the staff, he proved himself an obliging and painstaking assistant, and was afterwards promoted to the position of letter-carrier at Malvern post office. Two years afterwards Martin resigned, in order to join his father in farming pursuits, and when the war broke out, he volunteered, although under 21 years of age. Deceased was of a most generous disposition, and had a large circle of friends in this neighbourhood. 


The surviving Keysborough Methodist Church Honour Roll, commemorates 34 local men who enlisted in the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Forces in World War One, listed among their number is E. MARTIN.