Military service records 
Ernest Martin was a painter, born at Temuka 1 November 1896. He enlisted 23 August 1916 aged 19 giving his next of kin as Mrs A. Martin (mother), Shaw St, Temuka. He embarked with the 20th Reinforcements on 12 July 1916 at Lyttelton and fought in the Western European campaign but died on 30 January 1918 of general tuberculosis at sea while crossing back to France and was buried at sea. He is remembered on Canterbury Provincial Memorial, Ruru Cemetery, Christchurch. This memorial is for those whose burial site is unknown or for those buried at sea. Notes: Ninth child of Charles Alexander and Sarah Martin, 57 Shaw St, Temuka. Brother of Charles John (b.1884), Alexander Amos (b.1886), Arthur Daniel (b.1888), Josephine Emma (b.1889), Florence Ethel (1891), Mabel Sarah (b.1892), Gertrude Ellen (b.1893), Adrian Maude (b.1895), Albert Edward (b.1898), Frederick Mafeking (b.1900), Pretoria May (b.1901), Ada (b.1903), Eric Campbell (b.1906), and Victor Alan (b.1909).
Ernest gave his birth date as 11 March 1895 on enlistment, shaving a year from his actual birth date. His older sister was born on 18 August 1895, which would have made his mother's pregnancy an amazingly short five months. Presumably he increased his age in order to enlist. Ernest's brother Arthur Daniel (no.44977) also served in World War One.
Timaru Herald 2 February 1918: Mr A. Martin, Temuka, received word yesterday that his son, Private E. Martin, had died and had been buried at sea. The late Private Martin was well known in Temuka. He was born in Temuka and educated at the Temuka school. He served his time with Messrs C. Bates and Co as a painter, and was employed by them prior to his enlistment. At the time of his death he was in his 22nd year. Much sympathy is felt for his parents, brothers and sisters (who had been preparing for his return home) in their bereavement. 
A Charles John Martin (1839-1906) (relationship unclear at this stage) married a Josephine Charlotte Tronchet (d. 1917) which is probably the origin of his middle name. They also had a son named Ernest Tronchet (b. 1868) and a daughter named Adrienne Maude (b. 1871) 
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