23284 Private Fred Martin, MM.

7th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Awarded the M.M., in the London Gazette of 2 November 1917. Martin was a native of Burnley, Lancashire.

The Burnley News of 15 September 1917 reported: -

FOR GALLANTRY.

Miliary Medal for Young Burnley Soldier.

Private Fred Martin, 7th East Lancashire Regiment, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Martin, of 16, Thurston Street, Burnley, has been awarded the Military Medal. His parents received a letter a week yesterday, in which Private Martin enclosed a card containing the note: "The General Officer Commanding your brigade and your Commanding Officer have brought your gallant and soldierly conduct on 31st July, 1917, to my notice. I have read the reports with much pleasure - T. Bridges, Major-General commanding 19th Division." On Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Martin received further word from their son that he had been awarded the Military Medal and was now wearing the ribbon. Private Martin, who is well known in the Fulledge district, is only 21 years of age. He formerly worked for his uncle, poultry keeping on the Burnley Small Holdings. He joined the army in May, 1916, and went to the front the following September, after training at Plymouth. He attended St. Peter's School. His brother, Private Joseph Henry Martin, has been on active service with the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and is now convalescent from the effects of shell shock. He was formerly manager for Duckworths' Provision Dealers, Abel Street, and was very well known in that district.

The Burnley Express of 15 September 1917 also carried a similar article: -

Burnley Soldier Wins Military Medal.

The content is the same as above but also adds - On August 30th, Private Martin obtained his majority and is a native of Crawshawbooth and after a time there moved to Rawtenstall. The family settled in Burnley 4 years ago. Before working for his uncle he was employed as a weaver at Partridge Mill. To the joy of the family Private Martin arrived home on leave shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

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