The Great War: The Distinguished Conduct Medal
Born in Brampton, Cumbria in 1888, the
son of Thomas, a tailor and clothier, and Mabel.
1891 census – living with parents in
Moat Street; Brampton. His father’s brother, a school
master, teaching mathematics, is a lodger;
1901 census – still living with parents
in Moat Street;
1911 census – Lodging at 20 King Edward
Street, Amble with George Miller, a coal miner and his
family. Elementary school teacher.
2 September 1915, sent to France.
Stretcher Bearer, Field Ambulance, RAMC.
1916 Awarded the Distinguished Conduct
Medal, Citation, London Gazette, 14 November 1916:
“53482 Sjt. R. R. S. Martin RAMC, For conspicuous
bravery and devotion to duty on many occasions when in
charge of stretcher bearers, leading them frequently through
extremely heavy shell fire to and from the front line
trenches, and exhibiting a coolness and courage which
inspired confidence in all with him. He never relaxed his
efforts until all the wounded had been evacuated.”
13 October 1930, died at the Eden Mount
Nursing Home, Stanwix, Cumbria. His address is given as
Eastgarth Avenue, Amble. His executor is George Miller,
Ronald was, at that time, deputy headmaster of the Church
In St Cuthbert’s Parish
Framed illuminated address behind the south porch;
Litany Desk, given in his memory by his pupils in 1931.