Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ernest William Martin

Serial Number and Rank:m Q7732/3434, Private
Birth:  Conjola 1888/35694 Milton
Parents:  William Martin and Mary Master
Enlisted:  Brisbane 4 November 1916
Next of Kin:  M. Mary Livingstone. Mary had remarried after the death of Clement’s father William in 1912.
Service: 49th Battalion.  RTA 16 Janurary 1919
Marriage: Lillian May Proctor 1930 Woollahra Sydney
Death:  5 August 1934 Berry. Burial:  Conjola Cemetery
Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll
Milton Town Memorial
Brother to Clement Lindsay Martin who was KIA.

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.

Ernest William Martin, born 1888 Roseview Conjola also enlisted for war service. On his first enlistment in May 1916, he was eventually medical discharged in July 1916. Ernest enlisted again at Casino in November 1916, at the age of 28 years and he was accepted.

Ernest came home in December 1916, with a farewell held at Conjola. The Times newspaper report of the occasion “Private Ernie Martin, of Conjola, is home on final leave. He enlisted in Queensland. He was tendered a farewell ay Conjola on Wednesday night, when Cr. C. M Murray, J.P presented him with a purse of money on behalf of the people, and for his mother with-a silver mounted tobacco pouch. His brother Clem is already in France, while his other brother Harry offered and was turned down. Mrs. Livingstone may well feel proud of her sons”.

Ernest was born with a cleft palate and hair lip which was operated on when he was three months old which was partial successful, Ernest also had with a speech impairment. He was assigned to the 49th Battalion, and embarked for overseas duty aboard HMAT Ayrshire A33 in January 1917.

After serving most of the war in England, he returned home to Australia in March 1919 and medically discharged the following month. Ernest married local girl Lillian May Proctor in 1930 at Woollahra Sydney. He died in 1934 after which his widow Lillian and seven kids were looked after by Legacy.

Ernest’s name is listed on the Milton Ulladulla RSL Honour Roll and the Milton Town Memorial and he received the British war medal.

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