Sunday, 26 June 2016

Death of Captain Martin of Linslade

Horace Edmund Martin

Monday 26th June 1916: Captain Horace Edmund Martin, son of Mr. John Jeffrey Martin of Linslade, has died of shrapnel wounds. Despite the best surgical attention, Captain Martin suffered blood poisoning and relapsed. His parents and fiancĂ©e had been warned that he was dangerously ill and travelled to France, where they were with him at the military hospital at Le Treport where he died last Sunday (18th). After receiving his early education at Mr. Douglas’s school at Beechcroft, Leighton Buzzard, Horace Martin spent two years at Aylesbury Grammar School before taking his degree at FitzWilliam Hall, Cambridge where he captained the cricket team. Before the war Captain Martin toured Belgium with his great friend and Cambridge tutor, Dr. L Alston. In 1914 he accepted the post of history master at Ealing County School. At Aylesbury Grammar School he was one of the founders of the School Cadet Corps, and he maintained his interest in the cadets at Cambridge. In September 1914 he was commissioned in the 2/8th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. After training he went first to Gibraltar, then in a draft of reinforcements to join the 1/8th Battalion in France. He was gazetted Captain in December 1915. He had been acting as an instructor for some weeks before he was wounded.

Horace Martin had been associated with St. Barnabas Church, Linslade from childhood, first as a little boy in Sunday School, then as a choirboy and later as choirman and reader. The early celebration of Holy Communion at the Church yesterday morning was a requiem service, and a memorial service for Captain Martin was held at the close of Evensong. The altar was beautifully decorated by the choir in memory of their former comrade, and the lectern was surrounded by roses and carnations as a memorial gift from the St. Barnabas Lodge of Freemasons, of which Captain Martin’s father was formerly Master. After the service the flowers were sent to a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Source: Leighton Buzzard Observer, 27th June 1916

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