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Private John Martin

Ancestor Details

Private John MartinName of Ancestor: John Gray (known as 'Jack') Martin

Ancestor's date of birth: 26/11/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 07/03/1948

Cause of Death: Not provided

Service Number: 294

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Not provided

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushman Contingent

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: Not provided

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: Not provided

Murray Page: 499

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Templemore Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Memorial details: Not provided

Decorations: Not provided

Characteristics: Not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Love of Country

Details of service in war: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded.

During his time in South Africa, John Martin wrote home, we have two of his letters.

                    CLICK HERE to show/hide John Martin's Birth Certificate

                    CLICK HERE to show/hide John Martin's letter of 30 March 1901

                    CLICK HERE to show/hide John Martin's letter of 19 July 1901

                    CLICK HERE to show/hide John Martin's paybook

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 30 April 1902 on St Andrew and train from Sydney to Brisbane. Pte #3681 1st World War April 1916 to August 1917. 49th Infantry Battalion and 2/10 Reinforcemant.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Thelma Horne, Graceville, Brisbane QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece

Name of Descendant: Jocelyn Ann Morgan, Peachester QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter

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