Descendants of John Martin


31. Norah Elizabeth Lacey

BIRTH: (Ancestry): Vol 4A P313 West Ham Jul-Sep 1904. (10 July 1904)

MARRIAGE: Searched marriages 1927-43. Jan 1929 missing.
Norah K - Paddington 1A P212, Oct-Dec 1935? - No
Norah K - Poplar 1C P902, Jul-Sep 1937? - No

DEATH: Apr-Jun 1994 Oxford District 7021D, Reg No D44D, ent No 036, Dor 694. Died at Magdalen College.

ADDRESS: (1958-74) 77 Selsdon Park Road, Croydon, when mother died in 1958. Croydon archives confirm she was there until 1974. Probaby moved to 95 Ridge Langley, Sanderstead Croydon, Surrey.

BIOGRAPHY: In the 1958 Electoral Register Nora E. Buque and Ronald Buque were at 77 Selsdon Road. In 1962 Nora was living there on her own and from1964 onwards, Nora, Mary E.Buque and Rony A. Buque were listed at the address until 1974.

32. Winifred Florence Martin

MARRIAGE: (1837online): Apr- Jun 1928 Vol 2a Page 1863, Medway District

BIOGRAPHY: She had a sister called Dot. Folkstone connection

BIRTH: (1837online): Jan - Mar 1907 Vol 1A Page 191, Fulham District

DEATH: (2001); Died at William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, whilst living at 361 Folkestone Road, Dover, Kent

ADDRESS: (1962): 361 Folkestone Road, Dover

Leonard William Halls

OCCUPATION: Worked as an insurance agent for the Prudential. Organist all around Dover district (Dad pumped the organ for him at the Vines church)

33. Doris Ruth Martin

BIOGRAPHY: Known as Dot.

ADDRESS: Spent most of life at 1 The Bayle, Folkestone
(1932): 56 xx Avenue, Chatham

OCCUPATION: Ran a Hat Shop in Folkestone. Also helped father in Electrical and Radio shop.

DEATH: Died at Whitfield Rest Home, 107 Sandwich Road, Whitfield.

34. Thelma Mavis Parrish

BIRTH: Birth certificate states father is James Edward Parrish. (unlikely!!)

BIOGRAPHY: Brought up with Eunice as a sister. Changed her surname to Martin fairly early on. Known as Peggy Martin until she joined the AirForce

Wilfred Henry Harris


36. Ronald Martin

ADDRESS: Born at 10 Horsley Road, Rochester.

BIOGRAPHY: Went to school at the Sir Joseph Williamson Mathematical School, Rochester from 1929-33. Took part in G&S operas, and was a second in the Second Math Scout Group. Developed interest in woodwork. Pumped the organ at The Vines Church for Len Halls.
After school worked for Featherstones in men's outfitters from 1933-8. Was asked to become Assistant Manager in Sheerness but decided to sign up for 12 years in Navy.
In 1939 joined the Cumberland as a Supplies Assistant spending time in South Atlantic looking for surface raiders of which one of the most infamous was the German warship Graff Spee. The Cumberland then moved to the North Atlantic escorting convoys.
Left Navy and went to Oakley Training College, Cheltenham 1950-1 for teacher training, then in 1951-2 did craft teacher training at Shoreditch Training College, Englefield Green. Teaching experience started at Troy Town School, followed by Harry Gosling Woodwork Centre and St John Cass School (both in London). In 1958, appointed metalwork teacher at Matthew Arnold, for £72 p/a, promoted to Head of Department.
Took early retirement in 1977 and went to work for the University as a technician for the Department of Educational Studies. On leaving the University in 1985, did voluntary work for Pain Relief unit (Churchill Hospital) and the Wildlife Trust in Cowley.

MARRIAGE: St Nicholas Church, Rochester

DEATH: 23 Oct 2009: After a short illness. Dad was getting increasly out of breath in latter years. After 2006 he had knee and hip replacements and became less mobile. He moved back to Maytree in Easter 2009, Following a stroke in September his speech deteriorated, and the JR changed his medication, lost his appetite etc. He ended up in the Blenheim ward on oxygen. Had good & bad days, but died suddenly on the Friday morning. His ashes were taken to Medway Crematorium.

Vera Irene Rolfe

ADDRESS: First lived at 2 James Street, Rochester (1921-9). Lived at 245 Maidstone Road, Rochester (1929-43). When first married lived at 71 St Margaret's Street. When married, spent time in Weymouth (1945), and Dovercourt (Harwich) in 1949 when Dad was serving in Navy. Living in Englefield Green around 1951. Bought first house at 10 Pattens Lane, Rochester (before 1952). 1959 - moved to 42 Collinwood Road, Headington, Oxford. 1965 - moved to Maytree Cottage, Appleton.

BIOGRAPHY: Went to school first at Troy Town 1926-32, then Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls 1932-8. Played piano under Professor Sharp in 1931. Passed Pitmans & RSA in shorthand (120wpm), and typing (60wpm). From 1938-45 joined Medway Choir and performed amongst others Merrie England, and Rebel Maid at the Central Hall. Choir apparently disbanded during War.

OCCUPATION: From 1938, joined Kent County Council at Springfield, Maidstone, as a Junior Receptionist and clerk in the Elementary Section. From 1939-45, joined the Building Department as a Shorthand Typist, then personal secretary to Mr G White (Sights & Buildings), and Mr Knight in Accounts. From 1968-85 worked for Local Examination Schools, Oxford as a leader of section dealing with certificates.

37. Jack Martin

ADDRESS: When first married they rented a cottage in Manor lane, Borstal which was owned by father.

BIOGRAPHY: Engineer at Babcock & Wilcox.

40. Brian Young

BIRTH: (1837online): Oct - Dec 1921 Vol 2A Page 1324, Medway District

BIOGRAPHY: Educated at William Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone. Worked for Alfred Herbert (Coventry), then Birmingham, followed by CWS.
(1939) Living in Birmingham and joined T/A. Royal Signals. Called up on second day to WWI. Stationed all over country and far east, including India, Burma, Malaya & Thailand.
After war, he worked for Birds Custard, and Midland Counties Dairies (Birmingham), then moved to London where he worked for STC. From 1963 he was Financial Comptroller of Standard Telecommunications Laboratories.

ADDRESS: (1936) Lived in Coventry with father.