Just Another Pair Of Socks

Melton District ANZACS

Albert (Sunny) MARTIN


Born: 1894

Birthplace: St Kilda, Victoria

Parents: Amos Albert Martin
Elizabeth Glanfield

Died: 13 April, 1917

Cause: Killed In Action

Place of death: Buissy, France

Burial place: Queant Road British Cemetery, Plot 6, Row G, Grave No. 28, Buissy, France

Awards and Honours

  • 1914-1915 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal


8th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement; 6th Battalion



Regimental Service Number: 3397

Enlistment date: 31 July, 1915 Melbourne, Victoria

Age at enlistment: 21 years 3 months

Address at enlistment: Post Office, Melton

Religion: Church of England

Marital Status: Single

Next of kin: Albert Martin

Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 10 stones 13 pounds
Complexion: Fresh
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown
Distinctive marks: Scars: Head, Right Wrist, Left Knee, Left Ankle; Vaccination x 4

Embarkation ship: HMAT A71 Nestor.

Rank: Private

War Service Summary

31/07/1915 - Enlisted
11/10/1915 - Embarked for overseas
10/02/16 - Taken on Strength to the 6th Serapeun Battalion from 8th Battalion reinforcements
25/03/16 - Proceeded join British Expeditionary Forces form Alexandria aboard Briton
30/03/1916 - Disembarked Marseilles
11/04/1916 - Admitted No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station; influenza; in the field Bailleui
12/04/1916 - Transferred to No. 5 Hospital Train, in the field
12/04/1916 - Admitted to Australian Hospital, Wimereux; influenza
27/04/1916 - Transferred to No. 5 Convalescent Depot, Wimereux
17/05/1916 - Rejoined Unit; in the field
04/06/1916 - Appointed Lance Corporal; in the field
30/08/1916 - Promoted Corporal; in the field
30/04/1917 - Reported Killed in Action
15/05/1917 - Report 3rd Echelen G.H.Q

War Service Commemerated

Killed in action.

Date: 13 May, 1917

13/05/1917 - Killed In Action, Buissy France

Buried: NNW of Lagnicment about 7 miles NNE of Albert
21/05/1920 – Re-interred, Plot 6, Row G, Grave No. 28Queant Road British Cemetery, Buissy, France, 8¾ miles WNW of Cambrai,

Albert Martin's name is located at panel 47 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial

Effects sent to father in 2 packages: ex Marathon include: 2 identity discs and chain, swastika, photo button, 28 coins, 31 buttons, 35 badges, 2 metal brooches, metal chain, watch protector, Australian flag, wallet, unit colours, gospel book, postcards, photos.
Ex Bambarah include: letters, handkerchief, interpreter, cards, pouch, knife, belt, and aluminium cup.

Additional Information

The Melton Express
9 October 1915, p. 2

A farewell social was tendered to some of the volunteers from the Melton district on Saturday evening, in the Mechanics' Institute. Wristlet watches were presented by Cr. T. Robinson (President of the Shire) to Sergeant Hede and Privates C. Moulsdale and Fredk. Coburn. Crs. Leake and Minns, Messrs. C. E. Barrie and J. H. Cunningham supported the. presentation. Dancing and music filled in the evening. Refreshments were provided by the ladies. Proceedings terminated by singing the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne. Similar presentations are to be made to the other volunteers from the district as opportunity occurs; Private Albert Martin, who was- unable to attend, was given wristlet watch privately. Each watch bears the recipient's name, with the inscription
"From Melton Friends," and date. About 25 volunteers will participate in the presentations. A meeting .of the Organising Committee will be held in the Mechanics' Institute on this Saturday evening, 9th inst.

The Age
24 May 1917, p. 1
MARTIN. - Killed in action on the 13th April, Corporal Albert, the dearly, beloved son of Albert and the late Lizzie Martin, and loved brother of Ruth, Maud, Doris, Gordon and Johnnie, of Melton, aged 23 years Dearly loved and missed.
- Inserted by his father, sisters and brother.

The Bacchus Marsh Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2
Melton Express
Saturday 18 August 1917, P 2
An impressive Memorial Service was held last Sunday morning in Christ Church, Melton, to commemorate three local soldiers recently killed in Action - Corporal A. Martin, Corporal F. Sahr, and Private R. Pratt. The Vicar (Rev. F. Stanley Love) preached to a large congregation, from Hebrews 12, verse 1, and drew a lesson from St. Paul's conception of the athletes in the ancient games, encouraging their comrades engaged in conflict. The heroes who have given their lives in the arena of this world contest look on from the vantage ground of a clearer vision, and a fuller knowledge, and the thought of their interest, although absent, should encourage those who are left in the struggle. At the close of the service, the congregation stood in silence, whilst the Dead March was played.

It is with much regret that we record the death of "Sonny" Martin, eldest son of Mr. Michael Martin, of Melton, who lost his life fighting for his King and Country. He was a quiet, unassuming lad, and respected by everyone. The flags in the town were flown at half-mast on Tuesday and Wednesday last, to show one last honor to him.

Melton Express
13 April, 1918, P. 2
MARTIN. — In loving memory of Corporal Albert (Sunny) Martin, killed in France on the 13th April, 1917, fighting for his King and Country.
Gone, but not forgotten.
- Inserted by his loving father, M. Martin, Melton, and his brother, Johnnie.

The Age
13 April 1918, p. 7
MARTIN. — In loving memory of Corporal Albert (Sunny) Martin, killed in France on the 13th April, 1917, fighting for his King and Country.
Gone, but not forgotten.
- Inserted by his loving father, M. Martin, Melton, and his brother, Johnnie.

MARTIN In loving memory of my dear brother, Albert, who was killed in action, France 13thApril 1917
- Inserted by his sorrowing sister, Maude, Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale.

MARTIN - In loving memory of my dear brother. Corporal Albert, killed in action, France, 13th April, 1917
No useless coffin enclosed his heart,
Nor in sheet or shroud they wound him;
But he lay like a warrior taking his rest.
With his military coat around him I cannot realise you're gone,
I still think you're fighting on;
But I know the grief I'll have to bear.
When your mates return and you're not there.
- Inserted by his loving sister, Doris, Carlton.

MARTIN - In sad and loving memory of our dear brother, Corporal Albert, who was killed in action on the 13th April, 1917.
Twelve months have passed, dear brother,
No more thy face we see,
But as long as life and memory last,
We will remember thee.
- Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Bob (on active service).

MARTIN. - To the memory of our dear young friend, Albert Martin. who was killed in France on the 13th April, 1917. R.IP.
Inserted by Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hill, Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale.

The Age
14 April 1919, p. 1
MARTIN - In loving memory of my dear brother, Corporal Albert Martin. A.I.F who was killed in France 13th April, 1917 late of Melton, Victoria.
Inserted by his sorrowing sister, Maude Martin, Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale
MARTIN. - A tribute to the memory our brave young friend. Corporal Albert Martin. A.I.F who lost his life in France I3th April, 1917. R.I.P
- Inserted by Mr and Mrs H.C Hill. Tower Hotel, Ascot Vale


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