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HOW WALTER MARTIN OF NORTH TAWTON WON HIS DCM

   

In 2007, we published a short article describing how Walter Martin won his DCM. We are pleased to replace it with an article by Mark Bale which has also had input by Alan Martin, a member of Walter's family.

The picture of Walter Martin below was first published in the local newspaper 14 November 1917.

 

Lance Sergeant Walter Martin DCM

L/Sgt Walter Martin 18457 of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for gallantry at the Battle of Lesboeufs on or around 26 Sep 1916.  He was awarded the War, Victory and 1915 Star (entry into France 16 March 1915). 

 

The award was gazetted 14 November 1916 and the citation for it was published at the same time. He was then aged 26. Walter Martin was the son of William and Mary Martin of North Tawton. He was born in the June Quarter of 1890 and his father was the local chimney sweep.

Lance Sergeant Walter Martin DCM

Later promoted to Sergeant

 

The official record of the award of the DCM to Walter Martin

The official record of the award of the 1914-15 Star, Victory and War Medals

to Lance Sergeant Martin DCM

 

From The London Gazette

14 November 1916

LANCE SERGEANT WALTER MARTIN DCM

"For conspicuous gallantry in action. He attacked a company of the enemy single-handed, killing some and capturing others. Later, he fought with his machine gun with great courage and determination."

 

From the War Diary of the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, September 1916

September 25th

Extract from the Regimental Diary 25 September 1916

 

September 26th

Extract from the Regimental Diary 26 September 1916

 

 

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