FREDERICK HORACE MARTIN (1871 - 1946) and ELIZABETH WILFORD.
Frederick Horace Martin, the tenth child and sixth son of John Blackwell Martin and Elizabeth Goodwin was born on the 21 December 1871 at Brixworth, spent his adult life at Higham Ferrers, living at Bunkers Hill, before moving to 92 High Street, Higham Ferrers. He worked in the shoe trade all his life and was a keen Trade Union worker and was a part time member of the Territorial Reserve.
He married Elizabeth Wilford on the 12 December 1887 at Wellingborough. Elizabeth was a keen member of the Labour Party and was the local representative of the Parliamentary Member for a number of years, this was in addition to other community work. Frederick Horace died in September 1946 at Higham Ferrers.
Their children were Herbert Horatio Martin, Rosemund Evelyn Martin, Horace Goodwin Martin & Jean Alan Martin.
HERBERT HORATIO MARTIN (1898 - 1983) and ELSIE JANE SEARS (Abt 1899 - 1974)
Herbert Horatio Martin, the eldest son of Frederick Horace Martin and Elizabeth Wilford was born in Higham Ferrers on the 17 April 1898 and lived with his family until the age of 14 when he moved into 92 High Street, Higham Ferrers, on the death of his grandmother Elizabeth in 1912. This move was to enable him to be company for his Grandfather John Blackwell Martin who by this time was 82 years old. Herbert was educated at Higham Ferrers and left school at the age of 13, commencing work at a local butcher.
At the age of 15 he received the King's shilling, for enlisting with other local youths in the Army, but this adventure was curtailed when their mothers brought them home, after bringing their age to the notice of the recruiting office. He did join the Northampton Regiment and served in France with the 7th Battalion 1914 -18. Twice wounded (September 1917 and March 1918) in France.
On the 4th August 1919 he married Elsie Jane Sears of Rushden, he was then 21 years old, he then went off to India with the Regiment where he served on the North West Frontier. On demobilisation in 1923 he returned to Rushden where he lived with his wife at her family home. He worked in shoe factories in Rushden until he retired at the age of 65. His wife Elsie died aged 75 in 1974 and he died aged 85 on the 13 November 1983 at Thrapston Nursing Home. Their children were Deryck Herbert Martin & Sheila Lillian Elsie Martin.
DERYCK HERBERT MARTIN (1925 - ) and IRIS JOY LEEDING
Deryck Herbert Martin, the only son of Herbert Horatio Martin and Elsie Jane Sears was born at Rushden on the 4th June 1925. He was educated at Rushden and left school in July 1939. He was prefect at the school and was the last person to ring the school bell until after the Second World War. On leaving school at the age of 14 he commenced work as a grocer with the local Co-operative Society.
At 11 am on Sunday 3rd September 1939 when Neville Chamberlain declared England to be at war with Germany he was weighing small quantities of butter, lard, margarine etc. in preparation for food rationing. He commenced duties as a Night Street Fire Watcher until he was 16 years old when he enlisted as a part time Fireman Messenger with the National Fire Service, sleeping on alternative nights at the Rushden Fire station. He joined the local branch of the Toc H where he held office.
At the age of 14 years he met Iris Joy Leeding, a local girl, who had spent 7 years in London with her family, but returned at the commencement of the Capital's bombing. This was the start of a long romance. On the 15th July 1943 Deryck joined the Army at Norwich with the General Service Corps, after training he was posted to the 22nd Anti-Tank Training Regiment, and at Foulness Island, Essex, assisted in the training of anti-tank attachments for most of the Infantry Regiments in the British Army in preparation for the invasion of Europe. During this time he was subjected to the bombing by V1 and V2 rockets.
After peace was declared he went on leave and on the 1st September 1945 married Joy, at the Independant Wesleyan Chapel, Rushden, where they both attended from a very early age. He was demobbed, having obtained the rank of Bombardier in 1947. He came home to his wife Joy, and they lived in a terraced house in Rushden for the next seven years, where their daughter Elaine Joy was born.
Deryck continued his employment as a grocer. He joined the Chapel choir and continued with his interest in Toc H. On the 2nd July 1954, at the age of 29 years he joined the Northamptonshire Police, nearly 100 years later than his Great Grandfather, John Blackwell Martin had done. Deryck retired after also serving for 30 years and attaining the rank of Sergeant. During his service he received an award from the Royal Humane Society for saving the life of a woman and also two Judge's Commendations.
He retired at the age of 59 in 1984 and since that time, with Joy, has spent leisure time in swimming and holidays in the UK and Europe. On the 1st September 1995 they celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary. There is an only one daughter, Elaine Joy Martin
ELAINE JOY MARTIN (8 November 1948 - ) and DAVID LOUIS MARRIOTT
Elaine Joy Martin, the only daughter of Deryck Herbert Martin and Iris Joy Leeding, was born on the 8 November 1948 at Rushden. Educated at Rushden and Wellingborough, on leaving school she worked in Wellingborough as a Telephonist and Receptionist. She married David Louis Marriott, an Electronics Engineer, in 1968. They lived in Hall Avenue, Rushden for 36 years. In 2004 they moved to Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, where David worked as operation manager for a local electronics company. They have two sons, Harlan David Marriott and Hayden John Marriott.
HARLAN DAVID MARRIOTT (1971 - )
Harlan David, the eldest son of David Louis Marriott and Elaine Joy Marriott (nee Martin), was born on the 2 April 1971 and educated at Rushden. After further education at Wellingborough Technical College he attended Hertfordshire University where he obtained a Degree in Business & Finance and an Honours Degree in Business Law. In 1994 he obtained a position as a Sales and Marketing Manager and in October 1995 he set off with his girl friend on a back packing tour of the world for 12 months.
Harlan Marriott - Married
Claire Louise Edwards on 23rd September 2000
HAYDEN JOHN MARRIOTT 1974 - )
Hayden John, the youngest son of David Louis Marriott and Elaine Joy Marriott was born on the 7 November 1974 and educated at Rushden, then Tresham College in Kettering. He went on to complete a BSc (Hons) in nursing at Anglia Ruskin University. He worked in Accident and Emergency in Harlow before travelling with his future wife for seven and half months. He then trained as a Nurse Practitioner obtaining another BSc (Hons) in Advanced Nursing Practice at the University of East Anglia. He now works in Primary care in Norfolk.
He married Julie Elizabeth Knights in 2002 at St. Andrews Church in Gorleston and has two daughters.
SHEILA LILLIAN ELSIE MARTIN (1935 - ) and DONALD ASPINALL
Sheila Lilian Elsie Martin, the second child and only daughter of Herbert Horatio Martin and Elsie Jane Sears was born in 1935 at Rushden.She was educated at Rushden and Wellingborough and worked as a Laboratory Assistant at Lever Brothers for a number of years. She married Donald Aspinall in 1957, at the Independent Wesleyan Chapel, Rushden, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1972. She now (1996) lives alone in Bedford and travels daily to London where she is employed by the Welcome Foundation. There was only one child, James Aspinall.
JAMES ASPINALL (1965 - )
James, the only son of Donald Aspinall and Sheila Lillian Elsie Martin was born in 1965 at Rushden, he is now an Electronics Engineer, having been trained and employed by the Aircraft Research Establishment at Thurleigh, Bedfordshire and now by a medical instrument company at Northampton. He now resides at Wellingborough.
ROSEMUND EVELYN MARTIN (1906 - ) and EDWARD PARKER (?? - Abt 1970)
Rosemund Evelyn Martin, the second child and only daughter of Frederick Horace Martin and Elizabeth Wilford was born in 1906 at Higham Ferrers. She married Edward Parker just prior to the Second World War and he died in the early 1970's. She was employed in shoe factories and during the War, while Edward was serving in the Army, worked delivering milk in Higham Ferrers. There were no children.
HORACE GOODWIN MARTIN (1909 - )
Horace Goodwin Martin, the third child and second son of Frederick Horace Martin and Elizabeth Wilford was born on the 30 July 1909, in Higham Ferrers. During his youth he played football for Higham Ferrers Adult School and was a great supporter of Higham Ferrers Town Football Club. Horace was in the Western Desert in the Second World War with the Royal Tank Regiment, he was in the El Alamein offensive with the 8th Army under Field Marshall Montgomery, he was also in Sicily and Italy. After leaving the Forces he was employed in local shoe factories until his retirement. Horace and Jean still live at 92 High Street, Higham Ferrers, where John Blackwell Martin and Elizabeth spent their last years and where Elizabeth specialised in cooked meats.
Latest update June 2006 from Sheila Aspinall
JEAN ALAN MARTIN (1914 - )
Jean Alan Martin, the fourth child and third son of Frederick Horace Martin and Elizabeth Wilford was born on the 13 December 1914 and was educated in Higham Ferrers. Jean was in the Royal Artillery and the Essex Regiment until 1945, then became a member of the 14th Army, the Chindits in Burma under Field Marshall Slim. After leaving the forces, he worked for a short time in a shoe factory, but after his experiences in Burma could not stand being closed in. He worked as a milkman and warehouseman until his retirement. He lives with Horace at 92 High Street, Higham Ferrers.
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