Other names: Stanley
Locations in this story: Stour Provost, DorsetShaftesbury, DorsetDorchester, DorsetPortsmouth, HampshireSheerness, KentGillingham, Kent
Story: Stanley Martin was born in Stour Provost, Dorset, on 14 Nov 1879 and baptised there on 5 Dec 1879. The birth was registered at Shaftesbury, Dorset. He was the son of George Martin and Charlotte Martin (nee 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 29 Nov 1902. They went on to have two children. 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 lampholder 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. 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 3 Jun 1915.