Martin Lord

MARTIN LORD (1887 - 1917)

Martin is the son of Mary Lord who lived at 39, Thomas Street in Macclesfield. Martin went to St Alban's School and regularly attended services at the church. By the time he was fourteen, Martin was living with his grandmother, Hannah Riley, at her boarding house at 53, Derby Street.

In 1909, Martin married Alice Clowes at St Alban's. Two years later, they were living with their baby son Fred at the boarding house in Derby Street. By now both Martin and Alice were running the house, which, according to the 1911 Census had fifteen lodgers living there.

Following the introduction of conscription for married men, it was not long before Martin was called up for Service. When Martin was conscripted into the army on 12 October 1916, in Chester, he was still living at 53, Derby Street but he gave his occupation as a labourer. Standing at five foot seven inches tall, Martin was given "Class A1 fitness" at his medical examination; the only 'affliction' recorded by the Medical Board was "acne on the face and chest". Martin's "Enrolment Paper" notes that he had previously serviced with the 4th Battalion, Cheshire Militia; the Battalion, based in Macclesfield, was disbanded in 1908 when Martin was twenty one. Private Martin Lord was posted to the 4/5th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, which had been formed during the previous year.

It is likely that Martin joined the 170th Brigade at barracks in the Aldershot area. Almost four months later, on in February 1917, units of the 57th (2nd West Lancashire) Division, left for France. Martin sailed for France from Folkestone on 12 February. When his unit disembarked at Le Harve and it made its way further north to Merris, where concentration was completed the following day. On the 26 February, the Division moved to the area north of Le Tilleloy, which was a small hamlet east of Laventie, close to the Belgium border.

Thirty year old Martin was 'Killed in Action' on the first day of Second Battle of Passchendaele, 26 October 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Alice Lord had predeceased her husband, therefore, Martin's medals were returned to his mother who was the guardian of the couple's three children. Mary received her son's medals with instructions that she was to hold the medals in safe keeping until they were passed on to Fred, the eldest child, once he was off age. In 1918, The Ministry of Pensions calculated that from 13 May, Martin's widow and three children would receive a weekly pension of twenty nine shillings and seven pence by Pension Issue Office. Mary had to apply in writing to have the pension assigned to her for the care of the children.

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