MARTIN Henry William
Regiment : 307th Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Service number : 830042
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 30 on 15th September 1917
Buried : Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium, Grave VII. G. 15.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Son of Fanny Martin, 7, Dandy Row, Severn St., Worcester, and the late William Thomas Martin
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St Peter's in St Martin's Church.
The following information has been researched by Brian Hill:
Henry Martin’s original service number was 550 prior to the Territorial Force renumbering of 1917, indicating that he was probably a pre-war Territorial, although he did not enter France/Flanders before 1st January 1916.
Henry attended St Peter’s School and in 1911 his occupation was a China Painter (undoubtedly at Worcester Porcelain), whilst his mother was a Gloveress. His father had died in 1891.
The following telegram was sent to his mother:-
“To Martin, 7 Dandy Row, Severn Street, Worcester. 16/09/17.
Regret to inform you 830042 Gunner Martin H.W. is at 12 Casualty Clearing Station, France. Dangerously wounded. Gassed. Permission to visit cannot be granted.”
307 Brigade Royal Field Artillery was a Territorial Force 2nd line Brigade, previously designated 2/3 South Midland Brigade. It joined 61st (2nd South Midland) Infantry Division, which during late August and September 1917 was attempting to move the front line forward around Schuler Farm and Aisne Farm, near St Julien, Ypres. There is a 61st Infantry Division Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford on Avon.
Mendinghem Cemetery is in the village of Proven about 7km north west of Poperinghe, where 5 Casualty Clearing Stations were situated during the 3rd Ypres battles.