Private Ernest George Martin

Service Army Service No. 10394
Rank Private
Regiment:Devonshire Regiment, 8th Service Battalion
Date of Birth: 1897
Born Dawlish
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Memorial: Dawlish Memorial Inscription MARTIN E.G. PTE. DEVON REGT.

Service History

Ernest George Martin enlisted in Exeter and joined the Devonshire Regiment. The 8th (Service) Battalion was part of Kitchener's New Army of volunteers. He was killed in action at the Battle of Loos. He was one of eight Dawlish soldiers from the 8th (Service) Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment to die on the first day of the Battle of Loos, on September 25th, 1915.

Association with Dawlish

Ernest George Martin was the oldest of six children born to George Martin and Ellen Sophia Pike . They married in Q3,1895 in Newton Abbot District, which includes Dawlish.

George the younger was also an agricultural labourer and with Ellen Sophia they had four surviving children by the 1911 census.

George is shown as a 'Cowman on Farm' in 1911 when they also lived at Gatehouse Cottages. Their children were Ernest George, a paper boy, William (b Dawlish 1899), Charles (b Dawlish 1900) and Elsie (b Dawlish 1908).

E.G.Martin is shown on the Dawlish Boys' School Roll of Honour.

Devon Roll of Honour Martin, Ernest George, Pte, Devon Regt, Sept 25th 1915, France
Additional Information Commonwealth War Graves Site

Next of Kin: George Martin, father
Last Known Address: 5 Helena Place, Dawlish

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