Cyril Arthur Osmond Martin


Date of birth:                   1899Poppies
Date of birth:                   Southampton
Service No.:                     G/18468
Rank:                                  Private
Regiment / Division:   Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Battalion:                         11th Battalion
Died:                                   7th June 1917 aged 19 years
Death Location:             Belgium

Life before the War

Cyril’s parents were Arthur Osmond and Harietta (Henrietta) Reeves who married in 1878. Arthur was born in Whitewell, Hertfordshire on 27th June 1851, he died  on 8th October 1898 Southampton. Harrietta was born on 7th September 1855 Salisbury, Wiltshire and died on 4th March 1906 Shirley, Southampton.

Cyril had  3 brothers, Arthur Athelstane b.6th June 1879 he married 1907  and d.1971, Reginald James b 1887,  Osmond Ethelbert b.28th January 1881 and died 1954, he married on 20th June 1908 Alice Haddon,  leaving her Probate:

“Martin Osmond Ethelbert of 35 Carlisle Road Shirley Southampton. Probate Winchchester 13 July 1954 to National Provincial Bank Limited and Charles Dudley Thomas decorator. Effects £1569 12s 11d”

He also had  5 sisters Hazel Nellie b.17th November 1882 who married Arthur Fred Dacombe 1908,  Hazel died 30th December 1911,Cassanett b.1885 d.1893, Eugenie b.1889,Dorcas b.1891 who married Leonard H Bell  in 1916  and Burdett Ernestine b.1893.

By 1901 Harietta was a widow and worked as a Schoolmistress. Arthur was employed as a Boot Saleman’s Assistant, Osmond was working as a Grocer’s Assistant and Reginald an Office Boy.

Harietta had died by 1911 and the children had split up. Arthur, with his sister Eugenie, were at 29 & 30, Burgate Street, Canterbury. Arthur was a widower and had a son Cyril Arthur Athelstane aged 1 year.

Osmond was living with his wife and daughter at 35, Carlisle Road, Southampton, working as a House Furniture Shop Assistant. Dorcas was a nurse, living at 39, Above Bar Street, Southampton. Burdett was a visitor, but living in Wiveliscombe, Somerset with no occupation. Cyril, classed as an Inmate, was a attending School at the Teachers Orphanage, 7, West Hill, Sydenham.

War Service

Name: Cyril Martin
Birth Place: Southampton, Hants
Death Date: 7 Jun 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Canterbury, Kent
Rank: Private
Regiment: Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Battalion: 11th Battalion
Number: G/18468
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Comments: Formerly 2573, R.E.K.M.R

 Cyril is Remembered with Honour on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel Reference 45 and 47.


Ypres Memorial Menin Gate.

He was entitled to the British Service and Victory Medals.

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