William Walter Martin

William Walter Martin

William Walter MartinWilliam was 24 years old and living in Melbourne when he enlisted in December 1915. He arrived in France in January 2017 with a contingent of reinforcements for the 15th Battalion.

In June he was admitted to hospital suffering from trench fever. In November 1917, he married 20 year old Christina Edith Merchant.

He then returned to France to serve with the 58th Battalion. He received gunshot would to the shoulder in June 1918. At the end of September, William was killed during an advance on the Hindenburg Line and was buried in the British Cemetery at Bellicourt.

His widow Christina later moved to Canada and in 1922 app;lied for assisted passage to Australia.

William’s story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.