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A/CQMS. William Charles Martin DCM.

British Army 9th Btn. Welsh Fusiliers



Pte. William Martin

British Army 62nd Btn. Machine Gun Corps

from:17 Crabtree Road, Hockley, Birmingham

(d.12th Sep 1918)

William Martin was the son of the late Thomas Martin and husband of Gertrude Fanny Martin, of 17 Crabtree Road, Hockley, Birmingham. He was killed in action aged 32, leaving behind his wife and 3 year old son, also named William. William Martin is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France.


Pte. William Martin

British Army 1st/6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.12th Sep 1916)


Sgt. William Martin

British Army 4th Btn. Lincolnshire Regiment

from:Dundee, Scotland

William Martin is my grandfather. I do not know much of his war years and am trying to find out more. He was a pioneer farmer in Western Australia.


Pte. William Martin

British Army 13th Btn. Royal Irish Rifles

My great uncle Bill Martin served with the 13th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles in the 36th (Ulster) Division. A farmhand from Newtownards, he was 17 when he enlisted on 22nd of February 1915. He fought alongside his cousins and friends in France. He was wounded with shell-shock and was hospitalized in France and England before being discharged for medical reasons on 15th of June 1917. He returned to Newtownards and worked outdoors on farms, which was recommended to ease his nerves. In 1928 he emigrated to Toronto in Canada, where he later married and had one daughter.


Pay Sjt. Herbert "Squirt" Martindale

British Army 1st Btn. Manchester Regiment

from:Longsight, Manchester

My Father's brother, Uncle Bert served in India. A few postcards have recently been found stuck in an old album and I have been able to detach them from their glued positions to reveal messages from Khandahar barracks in Fyzabad India. They were sent to my Father and his family and are dated between Dec 1917 and April 1918.

He speaks of the intense heat in March - 107 degrees and the Smallpox and Bubonic plagues and says the people are "dirty" and their straw houses had to be burned to the ground, so they were given tents to live in. He also says not to worry about him because he is in the "Land of Plenty" and he refers to parcels he has sent over requesting to know whether they have arrived so that he can have receipts. I was told that he sent ivory and brass ornaments and a cigar and he mentions a tin of tea and sugar. He says he expects the unit to be moved, the move abroad was cancelled but there is to be a move within India. I don't think that came about as in the April 1918 postcard he thinks "--this is the last few months of the war." His brother, my Father, didn't have a good war, he was badly wounded in Ypres while all this was going on.

Uncle Bert was in Hong Kong in the Military Police force at some time and was partially blinded due to an accident. He later married and two of his children are living. Having just telephoned one of them he tells me his Father first was at Hydrabad, and he referred to Fysabad as "flies are bad"!! The posting to Hong Kong was around 1920.


Lt. John Bell Martindale

British Army 2nd Btn. North Lancashire Fusiliers


(d.1st Aug 1918)

John Martindale was born in 1887, the son of John Johnstone Martindale and Jessie Martindale, of "Lansdowne," Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow. He died of his wounds on 1st August 1918 and is buried at Senlis French Cemetery at Oise.


L/Cpl. Dominic Martino

British Army Yorkshire Regiment

Dominic Martino was my Grandfather. He served with the Yorkshire Regiment 11 April 1915 to 2 September 1918.

He was crippled in the right arm and right leg by German machine gun fire which left bullet hole and notches in his ear as the machine gunner traversed his body with fire. He was listed as KIA and his wife Maria received a telegram to that effect. After discharge from a hospital he was declared unfit for future military service and received an honourable discharge.

He arrived home unexpectedly to everyone's surprise one day. His name is spelled both Martin and Martino on his records and medals. His regimental number (23282) is the only fixed factor.

Worse was to come for my beloved Grandmother when their only son, Kenneth Albert Martino joined the Royal Navy and he was a radio operator on North Atlantic convoy in WWII being on HMS Hardy torpedoed off Murmansk, he was saved when the appointed destroyer made the single sweep by to pick up survivors and one of his shipmates hanging off the pickup net grabbed him by the hair and pulled him inboard. Dad was hospitalised in Russia and yet again my Grandmother received a telegram to the effect that her only son (five daughters) had been KIA. He too was to arrive home unexpectedly to a grieving family.

Posted to the Pacific Theatre of war for a brief period he met and married my mother, an Australian. They had only one child, me! I was lucky enough to be drawn out of the ballot when conscription was introduced during the Vietnam war. I returned from Vietnam in receipt of a Totally & Permantly Disabled Soldiers pension.

It could be said that the three Martino's had a charmed life in defence of this democracy which the average citizen takes foolishly for granted. I do not wish to see my sons, grandsons or my great grandson devoting any of their time at war, although the way the world is going with the terrorist menace I don't feel too confident about that if we are to maintain a democratic way of life.

I am currently in the process of making a plaque with wartime photographs, medals and hat badges of the three generations of Martino's who have served, offering their all to a blasť population who take the sacrifices of Veterans for granted.


Cadet Frederick Chalres Marwood

Royal Flying Corps No.2 Cadet Wing

from:Regina, Sask. Canada

My Grandfather Frederick Charles Marwood, was born in 1888 near Birmingham. He was in the Territorial Force (Warwick) for 1 yr. 315 days, & was discharged in 1908, when he was going to Canada. He became a Royal North West Mounted Police, then later was a Constable with Regina Police Force, Regina, Sask. Canada. He joined up with the Canadian Air Force, originally with the 38th Overseas Battery. On Oct. 6th he was awarded a medal for bravery at the Somme with helping a fellow officer in heavy Fire. He was discharged from the Canadian Air force on the 11/8/1918 since he was appointed Flight Cadet with the R.F.C. He was with No. 2 R.F.C Cadet wing, No. 2 Squadron Reg. No. 301609. Date of joining Wing was 23rd Jan 18. Around 1919 he was 2nd Lieut. I knew he flew a Camel airplane. I am lucky that I have most of his documents from his life in the Air Force etc.


Pte. Harold Marwood

Yorkshire Regiment 6th Btn.

(d.9th Oct 1917)


Pte. Herbert Mash

Canadian Expeditionary Force 195th (City of Regina) Btn.

from:Regina, Saskatchewan

Herbert Mash was born in England in 1889 and emigrated to Canada in 1912. His Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force attestation paper is dated 29th March 1916. He sailed for England sometime in November 1916. On 11 November 1916 the 195th was absorbed into the 32nd Reserve Battalion. Reserve battalions provided replacements for those men who had been injured or killed in action, so Herbert could have ended up fighting anywhere in France or Flanders. According to one site I looked at, it is possible that he fought at or near Vimy Ridge, but I have not been able to confirm this. Herbert survived the war and died in 1962 in Vancouver.


Cpl. Frank Maskell

British Army 5th Btn. South Staffordshire Regiment

(d.11th Aug 1918)

After my mother-in-law died we found a letter which she had kept from when she was 8 years old from a soldier. It is dated November 16th 1916 and was written from no.14 General Hospital, Victoria Hotel, Boulogne France, with the title of 564 Cpl F Maskell (or Marshall), 5 South Staffs and he signed his name as Frank. The letter reads as follows:

My dear Miss Gladys,

Just a few lines thanking you very much for your egg which I had for my tea and it was quite good too. Well I hope you wont be offended at such strange a letter, but I know it is so nice to hear where the eggs get to at times. Well I sincerely hope you are keeping all right and still sending eggs out to France as it is quite a nice change down here from up in the trenches. I am a little better myself today and I hope you certainly won't mind me answering the egg I received to day in such a common way. I must close now or I shall miss the post.

Your sincere friend, Frank.

I would love to know if he survived and what his name was. I would like to find out if he had any relations who might like this letter.

Editor's note: The soldier was Frank C. Maskell of the 1/5th South Staffordshire Regiment. He recovered from his stint in hospital and and returned to the front line, he was promoted to Acting Sgt. but lost his life on the 11th of August 1918 and was laid to rest in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension Cemetery in France. Many of the men who are buried here were injured on the battlefield and succumbed to their injuries whilst being treated at the Field Ambulances which were based in the village of Fouquieres, which is near Bethune in Northern France.


Cpl. Francis Maskery

British Army 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:Old Whittington, Chesterfield

(d.Aug 1915 )

Francis Maskery had served in the Navy during the Boar War. He was married in 1905 to Hilda Buck and the couple had three daughters. During WW1 Francis served in the 9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. He was killed in August 1915 in Gallipoli. He left a widow with 3 young daughters.

I am his great grand daughter and in 2015 I am going to Gallipoli to see his name on the memorial there - 100 yrs after his death.


Pte. Albert Vincent Maskrey

British Army 15th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment


(d.24th Sep 1916)

In Memory of A V Maskrey, Private, 1450, 15th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment who died on 24 September 1916 (Served as Jones). Remembered with Honour Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension.

Albert Maskrey was my Gt Grand dad. He was 22 yrs old when he died. My Nan was only 2 yrs when he died so never really knew him. She was always told he pulled the pin out of a hand grenade and it blew up straight away. He didn't pass then, he died whilst being treated. I wish I could find out more about him, and find out if he lived a day? hours? a week? It would be nice to know.


Cpl. Francis Maskrey

British Army 9th Btn. Sherwood Foresters

from:New Whittington, Chesterfield

(d.9th Aug 1915)

Francis Maskrey was born on 7th December 1883, in Whittington, Derbyshire, the son of William and Mary (Swift) Maskrey. He was one of 14 children. During the Boer War he served in the Navy. After his release he married Hilda Buck. They were married on 4th December 1905 in Chesterfield. The couple had three girls.

On 6th August 1914, Francis joined the newly formed 9th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters. He was sent to Belton Park near Grantham to train. On 4th April 1915 the battalion left Liverpool for Gallipoli. Francis and his brother Robert made this journey. They arrived on the 6th/7th August 1915 and two days later Francis was killed. His body was never recovered or identified. He left a 18-year-old widow with three young daughters.


Cpl. A J Mason MM.

British Army 1/15th Btn. London Regiment

I have Cpl Mason's medals but know very little about him except that he was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in France.


Cpl Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade


(d.1st July 1916)

Alfred Mason was my Great Uncle. I found out about him when I was researching my family tree and found out that my Grandfather Frederick Mason (his brother) survived the war serving in the Royal Field Artillery


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)

My Great Uncle Alfred Mason joined the Rifle Brigade on 15th October 1914 before conscription became compulsory. He died on 1st July 1916 and has no known grave, his name appears on the Thievpal Memorial for the Missing.


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)

777 Corporal Alfred Mason was my Great Uncle he enlisted in 1914. He was the son of Charles William and Catherine Mason. He was 29 years old when he was killed in action , he has no known grave but his name is on the Thievpal Memorial to the Missing.


Cpl. Alfred Mason

British Army 1st Btn. Rifle Brigade

from:Cherry Hinton, Cambridge

(d.1st July 1916)


Gnr. Bert Mason

British Army 151st Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

from:92 Graving Dock Street, Barry Dock

(d.2nd October 1917)


Able Sea. E. V. Mason

Royal Navy H.M.S. Q36

(d.30th March 1917)

Able Sea. E. V. Mason served on H.M.S. Q36.


Pte. Frank Mason

British Army 1st/6th Battalion Manchester Regiment

from:3 Eltham Street, Levenshulme, Manchester

(d.14th Jul 1918)

Frank Mason died age 24. He is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery.


Bugler H Mason

This is an entry in a nurse's autograph book which I came across lately. It is dated 23rd November 1915 in East Leeds Military Hospital


Pte. Hambleton Mason

British Army 8th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

from:Birkenhead, Cheshire

(d.16th August 1917)


Spr. Henry Mason

British Army 42nd AT Coy Royal Engineers


Henry Mason with his daughter Hilda May

Henry Mason with his daughter Hilda May

Henry Mason enlisted in Shrewsbury on 1st April 1915. At that time he was 38 and worked at the local tile works. He was married with 1 daughter (a son was born in May 1915) and living in Hockley Bank, Broseley. He was noted as a Proficient Carpenter and (I believe) served with the RE until the end of the war. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

I'm his great grand-daughter and am trying to find out more about him as have no living relatives who remember him.


Pte. Henry Mason MM.

British Army 3rd Btn. Coldstream Guards

from:38A Cherry Tree Terrace, Wheatley Lane, Fence, Burnley

(d.17th Jan 1918)

Henry Mason Burnley

Henry Mason Burnley

My grandfather Henry Mason joined up aged 30 in November 1914 at Nelson, Lancashire. He was married, with five children aged under 7, and was inducted for training at Caterham shortly after his enlistment. He was posted to France on June 11th 1915.

He was killed aged 33 (died of wounds) following a gas attack. I am unaware of which battles he took part in although I have found a record, in the company diary, of an engagement on the date he lost his life which I assume relates to this attack. The location of the death is recorded as Fampoux some 3 1/2 miles west of Arras. He is buried in the Level Crossing Cemetery at Railway Crossing, Fampoux, which I have visited. I always assumed his MM was awarded for some action he took over this incident. However, earlier this year having contacted a local history society, in Burnley, they were able to supply a newspaper cutting of an interview with his widow (my grandmother) which indicated it was for some other action whilst in temporary charge of a patrol at the end of 1917. Unfortunately I have no other details. I have photographs of my grandfather in dress uniform and with a group of other volunteers at a training venue.

Editor's Note:- Private Mason was born in Manchester in 1884, the son of Henry and Isabella Mason, of Darwen, Lancashire, and the husband of Kezia Mason, of 38A Cherry Tree Terrace, Wheatley Lane, Fence, Burnley. A veteran of the Battle of Loos in 1915, the Somme in 1916 and the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Cambrai in 1917, he died of gas poisoning in a field ambulance near Fampoux. At the time of his death, news had just been received that he was to be awarded the Military Medal for actions near Cambrai on December 1st 1917.

Henry Mason Burnley

Henry Mason Burnley


Pte. James Mason

British Army 8th Battalion South Staffordshire

from:Tipton, Lancs

(d.19th December 1915)

James Mason enlisted 4th Sept 1915 in the 8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. He died at dressing station South Ypres on 19/12/1915. Cause of death not known, but this was the day that the Germans first used phosgene gas.


Pte. John Mason

British Army 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.11th Aug 1915)

John Mason aged 23 was serving with the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers when he died on 11th August 1915. Born in Jarrow in 1892, he was the son of John and Mary Mason (nee Shorting). On the 1911 census he is recorded as John Mason age 19 General Labourer in Shipyard living with his parents ohn and Mary Mason and family at 288 High Street, Jarrow. He enlisted in Jarrow with the DLI.

John is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery.


Pte. John Joseph Mason

British Army 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers


(d.1st Jul 1916)

John Joseph Mason served with the 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish) Northumberland Fusiliers. He was aged 20 when he died on 1st July 1916. Born in Jarrow in 1896 son of John George and Sarah Mason (nee Smith). On the 1911 census he is recorded as John Joseph Mason age 14 Shoemakers Errand Boy living with his parents John George and Sarah Mason and family at 33 Albert Road, Jarrow. John lived and enlisted Newcastle, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on a Scroll with 3 names at the Baptist Church in Jarrow.

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