Private Alfred Jesse Martin


Alfred Jesse Martin © Dorking Advertiser
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Alfred Jesse Martin Baptism Certificate ©

Alfred Jesse Martin was born on the 13th of February 1898 in Dorking, Surrey to domestic gardener William Henry Martin and Amy Sarah Martin nee Alderson. He was baptised on the 24th of April 1898 at St Martin´s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at Leslie Road, Dorking and William Henry was working as a sawyer.

Alfred ´s father William Henry Martin was born about 1862 in Sundridge, Kent to Steven Martin. His mother Amy Sarah Alderson was born about 1861 in Brasted, Kent to William Alderson. William and Amy married on the 25th of October 1885 in Brasted, Kent.

Alfred had six known siblings: George Harry Martin born in the 4th quarter of 1891 in Westhumble, Surrey; Albert Stephen Martin born about 1893 in Westhumble, Surrey; Arthur E. Martin born about 1895 in Dorking, Surrey; Ronald Frederick Martin born about 1900 in Dorking, Surrey; Robert Austin Martin born about 1902 in Dorking, Surrey and Cecil Alderson Martin born about 1905 in Dorking, Surrey.

Alfred Jesse Martin 1901 Census ©

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Leslie Road, South Side in Dorking. William was working as a gardener and Amy was looking after their sons: George, Albert, Arthur, Alfred and Ronald Frederick.

Alfred Jesse Martin 1903 National School Admission Register ©

On the 5th of October 1903 Alfred was admitted into the Dorking British School. At the time of his admission the family lived in Leslie Road. The previous school he attended was in Pixham. left the Dorking British School in 1912. After leaving school he was employed as a stable lad at Pinhurst, Mickleham.

His nickname was Alf.

Alfred Jesse Martin 1911 Census ©

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 5 Pixham Lane, Dorking. William was working as a gardener and Amy was at home. Of their children: Albert was working as a private service footman and Alfred, Ronald, Robert and Cecil were at school. The accomodation had six rooms. Amy stated that she had given birth to ten children of whom were nine were still alive.

Alfred Jesse Martin 1915 Canadian Passenger Lists ©

On the 4th of April 1915, Alfred and his oldest brother George arrived from Liverpool, England on the vessel Metagama to St John´s in Newfoundland, Canada. George had already lived in Canada.

Alfred Martin enlisted into the 10th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment) on the 28th of December 1915 in Calgary, Canada. He was a Private with regimental number 184110.

At the time of his enlistment Alfred was working as a horse rancher. His family were still in Pixham.

Alfred Jesse Martin Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Records 1 ©
Alfred Jesse Martin Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Records 2 ©

He was over 5ft tall, had a dark complexion, brown hair and grey eyes. He was a member of Church of England.

Alfred came to England for training in July 1916 and went to France in September 1916.

Alfred Jesse Martin Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser

Alfred Martin was killed in action on the 28th of April 1917 at Vimy Ridge, France while attempting to rescue a wounded comrade.

Alfred Jesse Martin Vimy Memorial Roll of Honour ©

He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Alfred Jesse´s parents later lived at 38 Hart Road in Dorking.

Alfred Jesse Martin Canadian Roll of Honour © www.


Alfred Jesse Martin
© Simon Jervis 2014
Born Dorking, Surrey
Son of William Henry and Amy Sarah Martin of 38 Hart Road, Dorking
School Dorking British School (Powell Corderoy School)
Regiment 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)
Number 184110
Date of Death 28th April 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 19
Memorial Vimy Memorial, France
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