Orderly – Gunner Alexander Day Martin

Orderly and Gunner Alexander Day Martin served in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital during the Boers’ War and with the Canadian Field Artillery during World War One. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal with clasps South Africa 1901, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on February 5th 1875 in Kentish Town County, London, England

He served from 1894 until 1898 in the 22nd Artillery Battery in United Kingdom.

He married Mary Cunningham Spenster on June 2nd 1900 on 17 Victoria Road, Broad Lane Sottenham. The witnesses were Frank Martin and Ellen Cunningham

1901: United Kingdom census. He lived at 9 Vickon Road and his wife Mary was born in 1873.

He had one child, Kathleen Cland born on June 1st, 1901

His mother in law Sarah Cunningham (nurse)


Trade: fitter

Religion: Church of England       Status: married         Height: 5′ 3 ½ “

Eyes: grey      Hair: brown       Weight:140 lbs.

He enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry in London on January 18th, 1902 at 88 Victoria Street.

Prior to his enlistment he had service in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital. He agreed to allot 2/5 of his pay to his wife

He was promoted to corporal on June 27th

He served at home from January 18th, 1902 to May 25th, 1902 for 129 days

in South Africa from May 26th, 1902 to November 18th, 1902 for 175 days

and back at home from November 19th, 1902 to November 25th, 1902 for 6 days

In the Regular Forces he was in the 38th battalion, 168th company

He was discharged at Aldershott on November 25th at his own request. His attitude is described as indifferent


Trade: Wheeler         Address: Melbourne, Quebec

November 18th, 1914: He enlisted in the 21st Artillery Battery in Montreal, Quebec. He mentioned on his enlistment paper that he served 5 years with the A.S.C. and 6 years 11 months with the Hussars militia

May 26th, 1915: He was drafted to go to France

June 16th: He was taken on strength with the Ammunition Column

Hospitalized at the 21st Division Rest Station for ingrowing toe nail on March 4th to March 20th, 1916.

September 20th: Transferred to the Reserve Brigade for discharge

He returned to Canada on October 17th and demobilized on October 3oth. No cause of discharge was mentionned on his papers but since he was 41 at the time, he was probably unfit for military duty

September 12th, 1918: He enlisted a second time in the Canadian Military Police Corps No 4 Detachment in Montreal, Quebec. His address was 2426 20th avenue, Montreal, Quebec

January 1st, 1919: He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

March 18th: H was discharged in Montreal. He gave his address 2426 20th avenue, Montreal but according to the Montreal White Pages of 1920, he was mot living there anymore

He died on January 19th, 1935 and is buried in Lot 74 #114 at Hawthorn-Dale Cemetery in Montréal, Québec.


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