SECTION 9

MAXAMILLIAN VICTOR MARTIN (1893 - 1959) and MARION de RAINVILLE (aka MANY).

Very little is recorded about Max the eldest son of William Martin and Sarah Elizabeth Abbott. He was born on the 12 March 1893, in Singapore, married Many in 1937 and lived in Brazil for most of the time that I heard of him except on one occasion after the Second World War when he and Many came to 1 Broad Walk, Wilmslow and brought me a gift of a large and heavy bicycle with a three speed gear, which lasted for many years, and a nice watch. He had also sent on ahead a large crate of food which was very welcome at the time. I especially remember the marmalada, a kind of jellylike jam which was eaten with cheese and the yerba mate', a type of smoky tasting green tea!

 

He ran an Importing business in Rio de Janeiro, which on his death passed into Many's hands and went into decline until her death, when the residue of the estate was due to be split between me and a niece of Many's in East Germany, though very little appeared to be left of what had been a very prosperous business some years before and especially after the lawyers had taken their share.

He had served in the Army, like his two brothers, during the Great War, but no other information is known other than that recorded and that he was educated at Bedford Modern School. He died on the 24 July 1959 at Niteroi, Brazil and is buried in the Marui Cemetery. There were no children.

HRH with Max in Brazil

 

His obituary dated July 31 1959 from a Brazilian newspaper.

MARTIN - MAXIMILLIAN

Victor Martin died suddenly at his home in Niteroi on the 24th July. "Toothy" Martin as he was affectionately known to his many friends in Brazil, had been ailing for some considerable time but his sudden death came as a great shock to all as he was never bedridden and only a few days before had lunched in Rio with his usual crowd of friends. He was born in Singapore on the 12 March 1893, and was educated at Bedford Modern School, England, afterwards joining the London & Brazilian Bank in London.

He served in the forces in the 1914/18 war and later at the War Office. Upon demobilization he rejoined the bank and was transferred to Reclife where he worked from 1919 to 1923 before returning to England and entering the firm of Mellin Griffiths as their representative in Brazil when he came to Rio. In 1934 he founded the firm of Sociedade Martin and acted as the representative for a number of foreign import firms. He was a life member of the Rio Cricket and Paissandu Clubs; a member of the British Legion and the Lodge of Friendship, Niteroi, for many years.

He leaves a widow, Marion, and a brother, Vivian, who is resident in England. His other brother, Guy Martin, was killed in the First World war. He was married in 1937 and "Mani" has been the mainstay and inspiration of his life both at home and in the office. He was always the first to state this. The chronic asthma from which he suffered for years was the indirect cause of his death and during all that time his wife's devotion and dedication has been admired and commented upon by everyone who knew them.

Toothy was buried in the Marui cemetery, Niteroi, on the 25 July and the many friends who followed him to his last resting place mourned the passing of a good, sincere man and Brother respected by all. He will be greatly missed in the community and I am sure everyone will join me in extending deepest sympathy to his wife.

1901 Census Sarah Marten (Martin) Town Yard, Higham Ferrers, wife, aged 34, born Northants Daventry, Max Marten (Martin), son, aged 8, born Singapore LL (SS), Guy Marten (Martin) son, aged 5, born Singapore LL (SS) Vivian Marten (Martin) son, aged 2, born Higham Ferrers & alice Stimpson, relative,aged 17, born Higham Ferrers, Shoe Machinist

1911 Census

MARTIN, MAXIMILIAN VICTOR BOARDER SINGLE M 18 BANK CLERK SINGAPORE RESIDENT
8 MIDLAND BRENT TERRACE CRICKLEWOOD LONDON N W County Middlesex
District Hendon Subdistrict Hendon
Enumeration District 14 Parish Hendon

He was working for Thomas Cook & Son, the travel agents at this time.

He travelled to Brazil and back as below:

26 May 1919 M V Martin Falmouth to Brazil Occupation Bank Clerk

24 Feb 1923 Rio de Janieiro to Southampton ARLANZA M V Martin Bank Clerk

Name: Maximilian MARTIN

Date of departure: 11 August 1923 Port of departure: Southampton Destination port: Pernambuco Destination country: Brazil

Ship ALCANTARA leaving Buenos Aires arrived Southampton on 20 March 1929 V M Martin Occupation - Commerce

Name: Maximilian MARTIN Date of departure: 4 September 1929 Port of departure: Southampton Destination port: Rio de Janeiro

Name: Maximilian MARTIN Date of departure: 1 September 1933 Port of departure: London Destination port: Pernambuco
Destination country: Brazil

Name: Maximilian MARTIN Date of departure: 16 July 1948 Port of departure: Tilbury Destination port: Rio de Janeiro Destination country: Brazil. He travelled with his wife Many.

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