Leslie James (Jim) Martin

Date of birth:                    1898Poppies
Place of birth:                  Marchwood, near Southampton, Hampshire
Service No.:                     356462
Rank:                                  Private
Regiment / Division:   Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                         2nd Battalion
Died:                                  16th August 1917 aged 19 years
Death Location:            Belgium

 Life before the War

Leslie’s parents were James and Mary Ann nee Saunders who married on 28th July 1887. James was born 1860 Bitterne, Southampton he died 27th August 1897 and was buried on 31st August 1897 in Marchwood. His occupation prior to death, was a Coachman. Mary Ann was born 1868 Marchwood and died in 1956 Southampton. Leslie had 4 brothers,Charles Leonard John b.1888 who married 1925, d.1955, Reginald James b.1890, Frederick George b.1893 d.1928 and  William Alfred b.1896 d.1950 who left a Probate:

“Martin William Alfred of 67 Adelaide Road Southampton died 29 April 1950 at 41 Sirdar Road Southampton. Probate London 28 June 1950 to Gerald Ernest Harding Greenwood master baker. Effects £4791 4s 8d”

Leslie also had 1 sister Violet Emma Louisa b.18th January 1894 who married 26th August 1916 d.1985.

In the census of 1901, Mary Ann, was a widow with  six children, living with her parents Charles, a Farm Labourer and Emma, they were all living at Bessant Cottage, Marchwood.

In the 1911 census Mary with her 5 youngest children were still living with her mother, now a widow, at the same address. Mary Ann gave her occupation as House Keeper, Reginald was employed as a Footman Domestic, Frederick was working as a Cycle Mechanic and Violet a Dress Maker’s Assistant. William was applying for a situation and Leslie was at school.

 War Service

Name: Leslie James Martin
Birth Place: Marchwood, Hants
Residence: Marchwood, Hants
Death Date: 16 Aug 1917
Death Location: France & Flanders
Enlistment Location: Southampton
Rank: Private
Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Number: 356462
Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Theatre of War: Western European Theatre


Leslie is Remembered with Honour on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. He was entitled to the Victory and British Service Medals.

Tyne Cot Memorial

Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.


On the Commonwealth War Graves website, the address given for Leslie’s mother was 67, Adelaide Road, St Denys, Southampton.




Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.





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