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2nd Corporal Guy Stanislaus Martin MM
25002 5th Div Signal Corps Royal Engineers

Son of Mr William & Mrs Sarah Martin

Born at Singapore

Died 25th August 1918

Aged 23 years

Commemorated at Achiet-le-grand Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave III C.19
And at Higham Ferrers Cemetery (on his parents' grave)
And on the Alemeda War Memorial at Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

Rushden Echo dated Friday September 20th 1918

Mr and Mrs William Martin "Maydencroft", Ampthill, have received news that their second son, Corpl. Guy S Martin MM, Royal Engineers, was killed by shell concussion on August 25th at Bapaume. From an account given to his parents by his closest friend, Sergt. H R H Francis RE, who visited them at the request of the Commanding Officer both Martin and his horse got the full force of the explosion and were killed instantaneously.

Corpl Martin at the time was in fact a cadet of the Regular Army, having been recommended for a permanent commission in the RFA and was undergoing a months training. As a RE signaller he had been attached to the RFA for a long time. He was born at Singapore in 1895, was educated at Bedford Modern School, where he won his First XV Rugby colours, and for three years represented his house at gymnastics. He enlisted in the R E Signal Service in 1913, at eighteen years of age, went to France immediately war broke out, passed safely through many battles, went to Italy last November, returning to France four months later. He was a holder of the Mons (1914) Star, and the Military Medal, and had been recommended for the DCM.

The late Corporal Martin was well known in Higham Ferrers, being a grandson of the late Mr J B Martin, formerly Sanitary Inspector at Rushden. He came to Higham at the age of three years, passed through the Board School as a scholar and also St Mary's Church Schools previous to his going to reside at Bedford.

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