Harold James Philip Martin

Army Pay Corps

Personal Details

Born: 22 June 1892 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the elder of two children born to Albert John Martin, a rate collector, and his wife Eleanor. He married Winifred Howarth in 1917 in Birkenhead, Cheshire and together they had three children – Christopher A, Stanley and William.

Residence: He lived at 180 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch up to 1919. From 1920 to 1932 he was living at The Tarvin Poor Law Institution, Broughton Heath, Chester, Cheshire. In 1939 he was living at West Park Hospital, 84 Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire (as the master of the hospital). His address at the time of his death was 55 Stocks Lane, Chester.

Employment: In 1911 he was a clerk; in 1939 he was Master of the West Park Hospital in Macclesfield.

Died: 16 November 1981 in Chester, aged 89 and was cremated on 19 November the same year.

Military Details

Regiment: Army Pay Corps

Rank: Corporal

Service Number: 16841

Date of Enlistment: 26 October 1917

Date of Discharge: 5 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: No longer fit to serve

Medals and Awards

Harold was awarded the Silver War Badge.

Silver War Badge

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The Silver War Badge was issued in the United Kingdom and the British Empire to service personnel who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or sickness from military service in World War I. The badge, sometimes known as the "Discharge Badge", the "Wound Badge" or "Services Rendered Badge", was first issued in September 1916, along with an official certificate of entitlement.

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