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Michael David Martin (Service no. 10/1567) was a first World War soldier with links to Marshland

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Michael David "Nugget" Martin was a private in the Wellington Infantry Battalion, fighting in Gallipoli (the Dardanelles Campaign) a major battle of the First World War when he was killed on 8 August 1915.

He had enlisted on 22 December 1914 and shipped via the Suez arriving in Egypt on 27 March 1915.  As with all soldiers who fought in this war to end all wars Michael was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. 

Born in New Zealand to Mary (born in Limerick) and John Martin (born in Tipperary) on the 6 July 1887, David (as he was known) was 28 years old when he died in 1915. He had attended two Christchurch primary schools, St Albans and latterly Marshlands Primary from 22 August 1898 to 22 September 1899, where his education finished. He had three brothers Thomas, Charles and John, and a sister Mary.  John had been discharged from serving in the war because of Tachycardia, in 1917, and Charles, although called up, was also discharged due to poor health in his right hip.

David was 5’5”, with a dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair and of the Roman Catholic faith.

Of fine physique he had been working at a local flax mill and as a bushman and was widely known in boxing and football circles in Manawatu for the 10 -12 years previous to enlisting.  
“Nugget” is remembered at the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, the Cave, Cannington and Moutakaika Districts World Wars Memorial, the Honours Board of those who enlised in WW! for Marshland School and the Marshland Memorial Gates.

Cave War Memorial           Marshland Hall Roll of Honour - sixth portrait


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Michael David Martin

First Names:Michael David
Last Name:Martin
Place of Birth:New Zealand