68545 Private Lesley Henry Martin


Private Leslie Henry Martin


Royal Army Service Corps

later he became


5th Battalion

South Wales Borderers



Leslie was born in 1898 and baptised at All Saints in Elston on 19th June 1898. His dad (Thomas) at the time of baptism was described as a ‘carrier’.

 Leslie’s dad – Thomas Martin was born in Newark in 1861and was baptised on the 6th Feb 1862 at Christ Church in Newark. Thomas’s dad was described as a ‘tanner’ and lived on Mill Gate.

Leslie’s mum – Elizabeth Martin (nee Woodcock) was born 1n 1860 and baptised at St Michael’s in Farnsfield on 18 November 1860. Elizabeth’s dad is decribed as a ‘labourer’.

Thomas and Elizabeth were married early in 1891 registered in Newark but maybe solemnised in North Clifton where (on the census of the same year) he worked as a butler and she worked as the cook.

In the 1901 census Leslie’s dad (Thomas) is described as a coal merchant Leslie is only 2 years old, he has an older brother William Thomas Martin who is 8 years old and a sister Gertrude Elizabeth who is 9 years.

In the 1911 census, Leslie’s dad (Thomas) is still a coal merchant, Leslie’s sister Gertrude now aged 19 years is described as ‘help at home’, Leslie’s brother William Thomas is now aged 18 and described as a ‘domestic gardener’, and Leslie now aged 12 years is at school. Winifred Maud a new addition to the family and younger sister to Leslie is aged 8 years.