Philip Martin, Private 300597, 17th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Killed in action 29th April 1918 in Belgium, aged 19
Philip Martin was born on 20 July 1898, the son of Ellen/Nellie (nee Siddons) and Joseph Martin, a bricklayer’s labourer of 42 Charlotte St, Macclesfield. In 1911, twelve-year-old Philip was employed as a butcher and living at the same address with his parents and siblings Ivy (17) and Harry (14).
The family later lived at 10, Rodney St, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
Philip was educated at Lord Street School, Macclesfield.
Philip enlisted in Macclesfield, joining the Cheshire Regiment with service number 291999. He was later transferred to the King’s (Liverpool Regiment).
Philip was reported missing on 29 April 1918 and it was later assumed that he had been killed in action on that date.
Private Philip Martin has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 31 to 34, 162, 162A and 163A at Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Philip Martin, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Philip Martin is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green and Town Hall war memorials, and on St John’s Church roll of honour. The floral tributes laid when the Macclesfield Park Green War Memorial was unveiled on 21st September 1921 included one with the words “In loving memory of our dear son, Philip Martin.”
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1911
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (FindMyPast): Lord Street British School
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Courier: 24 September 1921