Born: 1879, Ipswich.

Died: 21st July 1901; age: 22; Died of Gun Shot Wounds at Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa, after being dangerously wounded (accidentally self-inflicted), 3rd July 1901.

Taken PoW 6th January 1900, at Colesberg, Northern Cape.

Residence: Ipswich.

Occupation: Carpenter.

Enlistment Date: 1st December 1897.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 5121.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 1st Battalion.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1881   2, Mount Terrace, Alexandra Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Martin, 32, a Carpenter – Journeyman, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Martin (nee Barber), 31, born Ipswich.

Albert Martin, 11, born Ipswich.

Alice Martin, 9, born Ipswich.

Ada Agnes Martin, 6, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Beatrice Martin, 4, born Ipswich.

Leonard Robert Martin, 4 months, born Ipswich.


1891   45, Alexandra Road, Ipswich.


Edward was 12 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 42, a Thrashing Machine Maker.

Elizabeth, 41.

Albert, 21, a Thrashing Machine Maker.

Alice, 19, a Dressmaker.

Ada, 16, a Tailoress.

Eliza, 14, a Dressmaker Apprentice.

Leonard, 10.


Edward’s mother, Elizabeth Martin died 1897, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Robert Martin – father.

One of the notable Battles with a large loss of Suffolk life was the “Battle of Suffolk hill” at Colesberg, Northern Cape 5th- 6th January 1900. The hill was originally called Red or Grassy Hill. The Suffolk regiment was ordered to make a night attack on a Boer position on the heights, four companies, 354 of all ranks, set out at midnight under the command of Col. Watson. The Suffolks were met by a storm of bullets. The Colonel was amongst the first to fall, and the party later retired with 11 officers and 150+ men killed, wounded or captured.

The Boer War.

Suffolk Regiment 

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