Lance Corporal Walter Martin

Lance Corporal Walter Martin, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. He was killed in action in France on 3rd May 1917, aged 25 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Arras, France. He fell in the disastrous attack on “Greenland Hill” undertaken in the dark on unreconoitred enemy positions. Three Companies were almost wiped out. 12 Officers and 215 Other Ranks were killed or missing and another  152 wounded. He had been born in Newcastleton, had enlisted in Hawick and resided in Hawick. He was the eldest son of John Martin  of 6 Mansfield Crescent, Hawick and prior to enlisting in July 1915 he had been employed as a surfaceman on the North British Railway at Hawick. He was a married man with two children and lived in 12 Allars Crescent, Hawick.

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