Martin Lord, Private 244757, 4th/5th Bn., The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action 26th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 30
Martin Lord was born on 23 March and baptised on 15 May 1887 at St Alban’s church, the son of Mary (nee Riley) and Joseph Lord of Macclesfield. In the 1891 census, four-year-old Martin was living at 1 court 2, Newgate, Macclesfield with his uncle and aunt, Thomas and Mary Mawby. Ten years later in 1901, Martin was living at 53 Derby St, Macclesfield, a boarding house run by his maternal grandmother, Hannah Riley. By then, Martin had left school and was employed as a fancy gimp weaver.
On 16 November 1904 Martin joined the local 4th Cheshire Regiment (Volunteers). He gave his address as 53 Derby St and stated that he was a cotton weaver, employed at the Lower Heys Mill. Martin’s service records show that he attended musketry and other training courses and was discharged on 15 November 1910 after six years’ service.
On 2 May 1909, Martin married Alice Clewes (or Clowes) at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield. The couple had three children, all baptised at St Alban’s Church: Fred, born in 1910; Mary Ellen, born in 1912; and Annie, born in 1914. By the time of the 1911 census, Martin and Alice were proprietors of the boarding house at 53 Derby St; fifteen people stayed there on census night.
Alice and the children later moved to 46 Derby St, Macclesfield.
Martin enlisted on 12 October 1916, joining the 4/5th Loyal North Lancs regiment. He was described in his service records as 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a 32½ inch chest.
Martin was sent for training for several months, and was drafted to the Western Front on 13 February 1917, travelling via Folkestone and Boulogne. In June 1917 he had an attack of shingles and was sent to No. 54 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment, rejoining his battalion on 11 August.
The circumstances of Martin’s death in action are not known, but his death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 30 November 1917:
KILLED IN ACTION – PTE M LORD FALLS IN FRANCE
Mrs Lord, 46 Derby St, Macclesfield, has been informed that her husband, Pte Martin Lord, Loyal North Lancs, has been killed in action. Pte Lord was thirty years of age and leaves three children. He was a native of Macclesfield and received his education at St Alban’s School, being also connected with the church. The deceased soldier was formerly in the employ of Mr T W Fawkner, Great King Street, and enlisted about fifteen months ago. He was drafted out to France last January, and some time ago was ill in hospital.
Mrs Lord has two brothers serving. One, Pte George Clowes, Manchester Regt, has been wounded on three occasions. He is an old soldier with about sixteen years’ service… Pte Clowes is now in England. The other brother, Pte James Clowes, Cheshire Regt, is at present home on leave after two years’ service in France.
According to an announcement in the Macclesfield Courier, Martin’s wife Alice died at the family home, 46 Derby St, on 19th November 1918, leaving his three orphaned children in the care of his mother, Mrs Mary Lord, who by then was living at 39 Thomas St, Macclesfield.
Private Martin Lord has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 102 to 104 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Martin Lord, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother-in-law of George Clowes, who served with the Manchester Regt; and James Clowes, who served with the Cheshire Regt.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Family History Society of Cheshire (FHSC): Catholics in Macclesfield CD – Baptism and Marriage transcriptions
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Service Records (Find My Past): WO96 (Militia Service Records) and WO363 (WWI)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 30 November 1917
Macclesfield Courier: 30 November 1918