1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

John Francis Martin

Contributed by: Alan, on 2008-11-12

No portrait available
Rank
First Name John Francis
Surname Martin
Year of Birth 1890
Year of Death 1971
Regiment Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Place of Wartime Residence Londonderry, Londonderry

John Francis's Story

He fought all through the First World War at the Somme, Ypres and other places. He was wounded three times but would rarely talk about of any of the events, and the more you read of those events, the more you understand why.

As a young child I can remember my mother and grandmother talking about knitting. My grandmother pointed to my grandfather and said "there is the best knitter in this house" and he replied "the only thing I can knit are socks" which at the time I thought was very funny. I learned later that the reason he could only knit socks was to replace those that rotted on his feet in the trenches.

I remember my grandfather as a very quiet family man, well organised,a nd caring for family/friends.

Other memories

No additional memories have been submitted

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.