Monday, December 11, 2017

Clement Lindsay Martin

Clement Lindsay MartinSerial Number and Rank: 5163, Private
Birth:  Conjola 26 Dec 1898 1898/4412 Milton
Bap:  23 Janurary 1899 St Peters & St Paul CE Milton
Parents:  William Martin and Mary Master
Enlisted:  Nowra 29 November 1915
Next of Kin:  M. Mary Livingstone. Mary had remarried David Livingstone after the death of Clement’s father William in 1912.
Service: 1st Battalion
Death:  KIA 5 May 1917. Burial:  26 Villers Bretonneux France
Honour Rolls:  Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades
RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Brother – Ernest William Martin also served in WW1

Mary Livingstone had two sons who served in WW1, Clement and Ernest Martin. Mary 1st husband and father of her nine children William Martin died at Conjola in 1912. The following year she married David Livingstone also of Conjola.

The first to enlist was Clement Lindsay Martin, who was born in 1898 at Roseview Conjola.  Clement attended Conjola Public school, the old homestead of Roseview still stands today at Conjola along Martin Ridge Road.

He enlisted at Nowra on November 29, 1915 as part of the Waratahs, listing his occupation as a farmer, he was only 18 years old.  Clement came home in March 1916 on final leave, his step father David Livingstone hosted a farewell party of him.

Private Clem Martin revived a presentation from district friends, consisting of an illuminated wristlet watch, and a fountain pen, the gift of Miss Alice Martin; a purse o£ cash, and a silver mounted pipe, Mr. C. M. Murray, President of Clyde Shire, made the presentation, and lauded the many excellences of character of the recipient, the least of which was by no means the courageous spirit which actuated Private Martin to volunteer for service with the colours.

Charles Murray also referred also to the sacrifice being made by his mother, in consenting to her son enlisting, be being under 21 years’ of age. Appropriate speeches were also made by Capt. P. Connolly, 28th Light Horse and Sergt. Major Murray. There was an exceptionally large attendance, several car loads of Milton and other visitors being present. Dancing was indulged in till midnight !!!! ….

He was assigned to the 16th reinforcements of the 1st Battalion, with his unit Clem embarked for overseas war service aboard HMAT SS Makarini on April 1, 1916. After arriving in Egypt, he proceeded to France with the battalion only to receive a knee injury in August 1916 that required a period in hospital in England. The Times newspaper reported “Trooper Clem Martin, who sailed for the front some months ago, is, we understand, being invalided home”. However Clement was never to his Conjola home again.

On January 1, 1917, Clem rejoined the 1st Battalion in France where he was killed in action, the commander of the 1st Battalion, informed his mother Mary that’s he was shot and blown to pieces at Bullecourt sometime between May 5 and May, 8 1917. There is no known grave for Clem, his name is listed on the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux cemetery with the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave.

News of Clem death reached the district in June 1917, the newspapers reported that “He might have lived in comfort at home; but to him duty to empire was no mere phrase, and believing that duty required him to go to the front, he joined up with the Waratahs, and sailed early last year. ‘Faithful even unto death’ is his epitaph, than which there is none finer. To the bereaved mother and family we extend our heartfelt sympathy”.

Clement’s name is listed on the Kendall Cottage Memorial – To Our Fallen Comrades,
Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll and the Milton Town Memorial. His mother received his British War Medal, Victory Medal war medals in 1928 after having to prove that his father William Martin had passed away.

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