|Son of Mr and Mrs Martin
Aged 20 years
Died 28th April 1917
Commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Ernest Martin is the 2nd from left, front row
|From enquiries by Mrs M Martin in 1997 the following is confirmed:-
Full Name: Ernest Harold Martin
Date & Place of Birth: 27 August 1896 Kettering, Northants.
Official Service Number: J/26869
Service in Royal Navy : 8 September 1913 to 20 October 1913
Discharge to shore on purchase 20 October 1913.
At a later date Ernest Harold Martin joined the 1st Royal Marine Light Infantry in the Royal Naval Division with the service number PO/1401(s).
Sadly he died on 28 April 1917.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 1 June 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Soldier Missing - Pte Ernest Harold Martin - A CWS Employee
Mr and Mrs H Martin, of Ruskin House, Portland road, Rushden, have received news from official sources that their eldest son, Pte Ernest Harold Martin, of the -- Royal Marines Battalion, has been missing since the engagement on April 28th.
The missing soldier, who is 20 years of age, has been in France, since October last, having enlisted in February, 1916. He was formerly a stitcher and sewer at the CWS Works.
The only information Mr and Mrs Martin have received concerning their son is that contained in the official intimation, which was received on Whit-Monday, and they will be grateful to any of their son's comrades who can sent them any further information concerning him.
|Rushden Echo, June 29 1917, transcribed by Clive Wood
Rushden Marine Missing
Mr and Mrs Martin of 90 Portland-road, Rushden, would be very grateful for news of the fate of their son, Pte E H Martin, 1401, Platoon 11, C Company, 1st Royal Marine Light Infantry, who has been missing since April 28th. The soldier is only 20 years of age and joined up twelve months last February. He went to France in October last year. Previous to the war he was employed at the C.W.S
|The Wellingborough News Friday 21 December 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Marine Presumed Killed
We are sorry to record that Mr H Martin, of 90, Portland-road, Rushden, has received official notice mat the Admiralty now presume their son, Pte Ernest Harold Martin, of the 1st Royal Marines, was killed on April 28th, 1917. He had since that date been reported as "missing". He was only 20 years of age, and was formerly employed by the C.W.S. at Rushden.
|The Wellingborough News Friday 30 April 1920, transcribed by Nicky Bates
In ever-loving memory of a dear son and brother, Pte HAROLD MARTIN, missing April 28th, 1917.
It's only a mother who knows the sorrow,
It's only a mother who knows the pain,
Of losing her boy she loved so dear,
Hoping in Heaven to meet him again.
From his loving Mother and Father, sister and Brother, 90, Portland-road, Rushden.