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The entries for people & families with the surname Martin are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

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Martin, MrRef 370-1851
[17??-1???] Teacher of French, Italian and Spanish.

Recorded on 3rd August 1781, when he taught privately and also at Miss Mellin's Academy and Rev Hudson's Academy

Martin, AnnRef 370-662
[19??-] She was Councillor for Brighouse / Mayor of Calderdale [2013-2014]

Martin, BernardRef 370-1347
[1920-1943] Son of Ellen & Ulick Martin of King Cross, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Leading Cook (S)  with the Royal Navy aboard the frigate HMS Itchen.

He died 23rd September 1943 (aged 23)  when his ship was torpedoed by German Submarine U-666, and sank in the Atlantic with the loss of all but one of her crew.

He is remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial [Grave Ref 83 1]

Martin, DanielRef 370-937
[1820-1844] Born in Cork, Ireland.

He was a railway labourer living in Halifax; his sister was lodging with James Tansey, a lodging-house keeper at Chapel Fold, Halifax.

On 30th September 1844, Martin – who was chasing his sister – rushed into Tansey's house and started attacking the woman and Tansey. Martin died in the ensuing scuffle.

On 7th December 1844, Tansey was imprisoned for the manslaughter of Martin

Martin, Rev E. J.Ref 370-563
[18??-19??] He was curate-in-charge of St Mary's Church, Savile Town, Dewsbury before becoming accepting the living of St John the Divine, Rastrick

Martin, FrankRef 370-925
[1896-1917] Son of Henry Martin.

Born in Northowram [28th April 1896].

He was a member of Coley Sunday School / a mill hand (worsted spinning) [1911] / an overlooker with Joseph Wood & Sons, Hipperholme.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [3rd May 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 6], and on Coley War Memorial.

His brother James Lawrence also died in the War

Martin, Frank WilliamRef 370-1703
[1916-1943] Son of Edna & Jack Martin.

Born in Leicester.

In [Q1] 1942, he married Vera Goodall in Halifax.

They lived at 34 Beechwood Drive, Illingworth.

During World War II, and he served as a Sapper with the 754th Army Field Company Royal Engineers.

He died of wounds in Sicily [13th August 1943] (aged 27).

He was buried at Catania War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy [Grave Ref I E 37].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Martin, Dr Frederick WilliamRef 370-7350
[1855-19??] Son of Thomas Martin.

Born in Liverpool.

He was resident obstetrics officer at Charing Cross Hospital, St Martin in  the Fields, London [1881] / Medical officer of Health for Brighouse [1901, 1911, 1918].

On 6th May 1882, he married Janet Fanny in the Strand, London.

Janet Fanny was the widow of Alfred William Clarke


  1. child
  2. child

They lived at

Living with them [in 1901] was visitor Mrs Rosina M. Clarke [b  Liverpool 1880].

Their grandson James Malley Martin was killed in World War I

Martin, GeorgeRef 370-1611
[1891-1918] Born in Totley, Sheffield.

Both his parents were dead by 1911.

In 1911, he and his siblings

  • Florence [b 1895]
  • James [b 1887]
  • Bernard [?] Joseph [b 1897]

were living with their stepfather George Clarke [b 1869] at Lower East Lee, Eastwood, Todmorden.

He was a bell ringer at St Paul's Church, Cross Stone / a signalman at Stansfield Hall for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/7th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action in France / Flanders [11th October 1918].

He was buried at Wellington Cemetery, Rieux-en-Cambresis, France [Grave Ref II A 10].

He is remembered on Todmorden War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint Paul's Church, Cross Stone

Martin, GeorgeRef 370-584
[1899-1918] Son of William Martin.

Born in Hebden Bridge.

He was a member of Old Town Wesleyan Sunday School, Wadsworth / a school part-time cotton doffer [1911] / a twister at Lee Mill, Heptonstall.

During World War I, he enlisted with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), but was discharged because he was under-age (16 years-old). He rejoined the West Yorkshire Regiment, and was transferred and served as a Lance Corporal with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He was a drill instructor at Ashford, Kent.

He went to France where he was hospitalised with wounds to his right arm.

He died a few days later [31st March 1918] (aged 19).

He was buried at Étaples Military Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XXXIII B 12A].

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on Wadsworth War Memorial, on the Memorial at Old Town Methodist Chapel, Wadsworth, and on the Memorial at Acre Mill, Old Town

Martin, HenryRef 370-29
[1801-1858] Of Upper George Yard, Halifax.

Born in Bordesley, Warwickshire [8th July 1801].

Publisher of the the Halifax Free Press, the Halifax Reformer, the Halifax & Huddersfield Express, and the Halifax Express.

By 1841 – reportedly due to ill-feeling – he had ceased to be proprietor / editor of the Halifax Express.

He published a volume of Sonnets & Miscellaneous Poems [1830].

He published letters sent by Joshua Horner during his travels in Europe [1840, 1841]. After leaving the Halifax Express, he decided to publish the extracts himself – these are currently held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

He married Maria [1792-1881].

Maria was born in Shoreditch, London

There is a marriage between Henry Martin & Maria Townsend at St Mary's Church, Lambeth [10th January 1827]

They had no children.

They lived at

  • 7 Bedford Terrace, Halifax [1841, 1851]
  • 6 Bedford Terrace, Halifax [1861-1919]

Harriet Hudson was their housekeeper from at least 1851.

Henry died of dysentery shortly after visiting his brother in London [29th September 1858] (aged 57).

Probate records show that he left effects valued at under £450.

The will was proved by his widow Maria.

Maria died 15th April 1881 (aged 89).

Probate records show that she left a personal estate valued at under £2,000.

The will was proved by Joseph Brearley (Halifax chemist & druggist).

Harriet Hudson continue to live at Bedford Terrace after Maria's death.

The couple were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 816] with Harriet Hudson

Martin, HenryRef 370-930
[1873-1951] Known as Harry.

Son of James Martin, tailor.

Born in Lincoln.

He was a labourer [1893] / a warehouseman of Gardener Square, Hipperholme [1893] / a warehouseman in brass works [1901] / a mason's labourer [1911].

On 23rd September 1893, he married Nellie Sherwood [1869-19??] at Halifax Parish Church.

Nellie, of Gardener Square, Hipperholme, was born in Wokingham, the daughter of Albert Edward Sherwood, labourer.

She had an illegitimate son: Alfred Edward Sherwood [1889-1978] born in Hipperholme, who was a stone flag maker [1911]



  1. James Lawrence
  2. Frank
  3. Tom [b 1901]
  4. Harold [b 1907]
  5. Robert / Bob [1910-1985]
  6. Willie [1912-1975]

The family lived at

  • 4 Bird Holme, Northowram [1901]
  • Towngate, Hipperholme [1911]
  • 16 West End, Hipperholme [1917]

Sons James Lawrence & Frank died in World War I

Martin, James LawrenceRef 370-924
[1894-1917] Son of Henry Martin.

Born in Northowram [2nd August 1894].

He was a member of Coley Church & choir & taught at the Sunday School / a mill hand (worsted spinning) [1911] / a textile overlooker with Joseph Wood & Sons Limited at Hipperholme.

During World War I, enlisted in Brighouse [4th September 1914] with the Corps of Dragoons of the Line, 2nd Dragoons Guards (Scots Greys), and was held in reserve until he was transferred to the 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders [6th July 1915].

He went to France [28th July 1915].

He sustained slight gunshot wound to the head [20th August 1915].

He was promoted to Lance Corporal [3rd March 1916] and Corporal [22nd July 1916].

He was killed in action in France [11th April 1917].

He is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France [Grave Ref 8 & 9], on Coley War Memorial, and on the Memorial at Saint John the Baptist, Coley.

His brother Frank also died in the War

Martin, James MalleyRef 370-1189
[1896-1918] See James Malley-Martin

Martin, JohnRef 370-745
[1862-19??] Born in Salford, Lancashire.

He was a boiler maker [1905] / a boiler rivetter [1911].

Around 1886, he married Richardi [1866-19??].

Richardi was born in Hull


  1. John Henry
  2. Ethel [b 1889] who was a doffer in a woollen mill [1901],  a twister in a worsted mill [1911]
  3. Albert [b 1888] who was a piecer in a cotton mill [1901],  a sailor aboard HMS Petrel (?) [1911]
  4. Lawrence [b 1891] who was a labourer [1911]
  5. Eva [b 1893]
  6. Nelly [b 1895] who was a reeler [1911]
  7. Lily [b 1897] who was a spinner [1911]
  8. Violet [b 1899] who was a half-timer [1911]
  9. Ada [b 1901]
  10. Ernest [b 1905]

They lived at 19 Crossley Terrace, Hampden Place, Halifax [1911]

Martin, John HenryRef 370-938
[1885-1918] Son of John Martin.

Born in Bridlington.

He was a member of Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel, Halifax & Boys' Brigade / a doffer in a worsted mill [1901] / a labourer 19 Ormby Terrace, Halifax [1905] / a buffer at a brass foundry [1911] / employed by Edward Foster & Son Limited / a reservist.

On 15th November 1905, he married Clara Smith [1887-19??] at St Thomas's Church, Claremount.

Clara, of 8 Flint Street, Halifax, was the daughter of Samuel Crowther Smith, stone mason


  1. child
  2. child

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914] and served as a Private with the 1st Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He fought at Mons and was gassed and wounded 5 times.

He went to India [January 1917].

He sustained serious leg wounds in France.

He died in India after 3 operations for the leg wounds [6th November 1918].

He was (possibly) buried at Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial, Pakistan

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Rhodes Street Wesleyan Chapel

Martin, John PearsonRef 370-5340
[1864-19??] Schoolmaster in Halifax [1896]

Born in Cockermouth.

In 1891, he married Jane Harrison Temple in Cockermouth.

Child: Daisy Elaine [b  1896] who was baptised at St Jude's Church, Savile Park [23rd November 1896]

Martin, JosephRef 370-586
[18??-1915] Of Todmorden.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 18th April 1915.

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium [Grave Ref 20], in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance, on Patmos War Memorial, and on the Roll of Honour of Patmos Congregational Church

Martin, MosesRef 370-574
[1856-19??] Son of Thomas Martin [1821-1???], labourer and deer housekeeper of Woodham Mortimer, Essex.

Born in Rochford, Essex.

He was a labourer in Essex [1871] / a machine labourer [1891] / an engine driver (agricultural & locomotive) in Warnford, Hampshire,  England [1901] / landlord of the Black Bull, Clifton [1915, 1917].

In [Q1] 1883, he married Betsy Cole [1860-1914] in Rochford, Essex.

Betsy was born in Great Munden, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Susan & William Cole


  1. Harry Sidney [b 1888]
  2. Harold M. [b 1890]
  3. Constance [b 1892]
  4. Cecil Arthur [b 1895]
  5. Fred
  6. Hilda [b 1900]

Betsy was head of the household [1911]

Martin, SamRef 370-3
[1877-1918] Born in Leicester.

He was a miner [1901, 1911].

In 1899, he married Rose.

Rose was the widow of
Mr Hartney.

She had 3 children by her first marriage:

  • Arthur Hartney [b 1892] who was a porter [1911]
  • Jane Hartney [b 1894] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  • John

who lived with their mother and stepfather



  1. George / George Henry [1901] who was an engine  cleaner for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway at Sowerby  Bridge Station [1921]
  2. Sam [b 1902] who was a mule piecer for Wilson Greenwood, master spinner at Woodhouse Mill, Todmorden  [1921]
  3. David [b 1904] who was a mule piecer for the Mons Mill Company, spinners todmorden [1921]
  4. William [b 1906] who was a little piecer for Wilson  Greenwood at Woodhouse Mill, Todmorden [1921]
  5. Reuben [b 1911]
  6. Harold [b 1913]

They lived at

  • Windlehurst, Marple, Stockport [1901]
  • 2 Duke Street, Eastwood, Todmorden [1911]
  • 8 Duke Street, Eastwood, Todmorden [1918, 1921]

Sam died of Spanish Flu [22nd June 1918] (aged 41).

The Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter [5th July 1918] reported

Samuel Martin of Duke Street, Eastwood, died of pneumonia and influenza on the 22nd of June in the current outbreak

Martin, SteveRef 370-484
[19??-] He was Mayor of Todmorden [1997-1998]

Martin, T. H.Ref 370-782
[18??-1???] Around 1875, he established a millinery business at Central Millinery Rooms, Central Street, Halifax

Martin, ThomasRef 370-1813
[16??-17??] Assistant to Joseph Holroyd. During Holroyd's absence, whilst he was travelling on the continent, Martin carried on the business in Halifax.

See The Letter Books of Joseph Holroyd & Sam Hill

Martin, Thomas H.Ref 370-335
[1859-1914] Known as Tom.

Born in Wibsey.

He was a watch & clock repairer [1901] / a watch maker [1911] / a jeweller in Halifax.

He never married.

He lived at

  • 11 Brunswick Street, Halifax (a boarder with Hannah  Sheard) [1901]
  • 3 Brunswick Street, Halifax (a boarder with Hannah  Sheard) [1911]

He died March 1914 (aged 55).

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell [23rd March 1914]

Martin, WilfredRef 370-631
[1???-194?] Of Todmorden.

During World War II, he served with the Royal Armoured Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Todmorden Garden of Remembrance

Martin, WilfredRef 370-791
[1898-1916] Son of Moses Martin of the Black Bull, Clifton.

He was an apprentice with Fowler's, engineers of Leeds.

During World War I, he enlisted under age [January 1915], and served as a Guardsman with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

He was killed in action on the Somme [15th September 1916] (aged 18).

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, France [Grave Ref 7D], on Clifton War Memorial, on the Memorial at Saint John's Church, Clifton, and in the book Clifton War Memorial

Martin, WilliamRef 370-2
[1766-1801] Of Halifax.

William died 6th June 1801 (aged 35).

He was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Martin, WilliamRef 370-193
[1875-19??] Born in Huntingdon.

He was a farm bailiffe [1911].

Around 1897, he married Mary Jane [1878-19??].

Mary Jane was born in Wigton, Cumberland


  1. John William [b 1898] who was a cotton doffer (cotton  spinning) [1911]
  2. George
  3. James Andrew [b 1902]
  4. Agnes May [b 1903]
  5. Sam [b 1906]
  6. Ethel [b 1908]

They lived at

  • Old Laithe Farm, Wadsworth [1911]
  • 3 Club Houses, Old Town, Hebden Bridge [1917]

Martin, WilliamRef 370-1707
[1913-1944] Son of Edith Emma & Albert William Martin.

He married Winifred Annie.

They lived in Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He died 29th August 1944 (aged 31).

He was buried at Montecchio War Cemetery, Italy [Grave Ref II J 10]


Martin surnameRef 370-1
There are 28 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Martin, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Martin

Marriages 1792, 1907, 1936


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