Stanley Martin's name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Stanley Martin

Surname: Martin
Other names: Stanley
Other people in this story:
George Martin
Charlotte Martin (née Barnes)
Alice Julia Matilda Martin née Tilley
Charles Nithsdale
Locations in this story:
Stour Provost, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
Dorchester, Dorset
Portsmouth, Hampshire
Sheerness, Kent
Gillingham, Kent

Stanley Martin was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, on 14th November 1879 and baptised there on 5th December 1879.  The birth was registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset.  He was the son of George Martin and Charlotte Martin (née Barnes).   He lived most of his early life at 7 Stour Lane, Stour Provost, until by 1901 he had moved to Dorchester, Dorset, where he was employed as a fitter and turner. He enlisted for 12 years and joined the Royal Navy initially as a Acting Electician (Service No. 345056).   He married Alice Julia Matilda Tilley at Portsmouth, Hampshire, Register Office on 29th November 1902. 

He was due for discharge after his 12 years but was, by then holding the rank of Chief Electrical Artificer Class 2, posted to the Dreadnought Battleship HMS Bulwark in early 1914 thus remaining in the service.  He had shortly after been awarded a bonus for inventing a combination lamp holder that would be used thereafter in the Royal Navy.  On the 26th November, 1914, whilst moored up off Sheerness, Kent,  there was an explosion in the vessel's boiler room and the ship sunk with all but 12 hands lost.  Various estimates of those lost vary from 733 men to 741 men.  The body of Stanley was not recovered and he is now remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire (Panel 5) and also on the local War Memorial at Gillingham, Kent.  His name is also mentioned on plaques inside St. Michaels Church, Stour Provost, and the All Saints Church war memorial, now in the Stour Row Village Hall. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1914 Star.  His wife went on to re-marry Charles Nithsdale on 3rd June 1915.

Source: Photographs of the Portsmouth Naval Memorial taken by Richard Lunn.

  • Portsmouth Naval Memorial
  • Stour Row Memorial
  • Stour Row Memorial 2

Links to related web content / sources:
The National Archives
Commonwealth War Graves Commission