Born: 1918, Ipswich.

Died: 5th July 1941; age: 23; killed by enemy action as a passenger on board Troop Transport Ship ‘Anselm.’

The R.A.F. personnel were in transit from Clyde, Scotland to Freetown, Sierre Leone.

Residence: 32, Thompson Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Leading Aircraftman; Service Number: 529671.

Regiment: Royal Air Force.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 56.

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Harry George & Nellie Amelia Martin, of Ipswich.


Father: Harry George Martin, born 1881, Chilton, Suffolk. A Pastry Cook, Confectioner and Cake Maker.

Mother: Nellie Amelia Martin (nee Williams), 1883, Brixton, Surrey.


Douglas Ernest W. Turner from Ipswich also was killed on the same ship.



The passenger ship Anselm was owned by Booth Steamship Co. Ltd (Booth Line), Liverpool. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1940 and used as a troop transport ship. On the 26th June 1941, Anselm left Gourock on the Firth of Clyde en route to Freetown, Sierra Leone with 1210 RAF & military personnel on board. On the 5th July 1941, at 08.29 hours, U-96 fired a salvo of four torpedoes. Two torpedoes hit the Anselm sinking her within 22 minutes. All but one of the lifeboats was launched. 1062 survivors. Four crew and 250 of the military personnel were lost.

The film ‘Das Boot’ is based on the German submarine U-96.

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