Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 4, 1886
Place of BirthPartick, Lanarkshire
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinRachel Jane Martin, wife, 21 Mearns Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Trade / CallingBaker
Service Details
Regimental NumberS4/122393
Battalion21st Divisional Train
ForceBritish Expeditionary Force
BranchRoyal Army Service Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentGreenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Address at Enlistment21 Mearns Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Date of EnlistmentJune 11, 1915
Age at Enlistment28
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Death Details
Date of DeathSeptember 20, 1958
Age at Death72
Buried AtBrookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Martin, Adam

Adam Martin was born on 4 August 1886 in Partick, Lanarkshire in Scotland. His father Adam Martin, an engine turner journeyman, was from Govan while his mother Catherine Boyd was from Greenock, both in Scotland. The couple had married on 31 December 1882 in the Plantation District of Govan.

Adam Sr had previously been involved in a relationship with Jessie Cochrane, a dressmaker/seamstress. Jessie had given birth to children Christina (1872), Agnes (1974), Alexander (1876) and John (1878), all in the Glasgow area. Sadly, Jessie died in August of 1880 in Govan, age 29. For the 1881 census the four children were living with Adam Sr in Govan, all having assumed the surname of Martin.

In 1882 in the Plantation District of Govan, Catherine had given birth to daughter Mary whose birth was legitimized after the couple married later that year. Known children born to Adam Sr and Catherine were Mary, James (Partick 1884-1887), Adam, Robert (Greenock 1888), and Elizabeth (Partick 1891). Adam Sr passed away in March of 1891 in Partick, a month after Elizabeth’s birth. When the 1891 census was taken Catherine and step children Alexander and John as well as her own children Mary, Adam, Robert and Elizabeth were listed in Partick. The next July, Catherine married David Boyd in Partick. Born in Ireland, David was a contractor’s carter. Catherine and David gave birth to known children David (Partick 1896) and William (Greenock 1899). At the time of the 1901 census the blended family was living in Partick where Adam was working as a grocer’s assistant.

On 2 January 1911, in Greenock, Adam married Rachel Jane Dalrymple. Born on 30 August 1886 in Greenock, Rachel was the daughter of Archibald Dalrymple, a sugar house stoker, and Hannah Bell. Her parents, both from Ireland, had married there in 1864. Rachel was living at home with her parents in Greenock and working as a mill worker, the marriage taking place at the home. For the 1911 census, the newlyweds were living in Ardrishaig in Argyllshire where Adam had been living and working as a baker at the time of the marriage. Meanwhile, in 1911 Catherine and two Boyd children were living at 21 Mearns Street in Greenock, a large building that housed a number of families.

Giving his year of birth as 1887, Adam enlisted with the Royal Army Service Corps on 11 June 1915 in Greenock. His occupation was given as baker and his wife Rachel Jane at 21 Mearns Street in Greenock as next of kin. With hazel eyes, a fresh complexion, and standing 5 feet 5 inches tall, Adam weighed in at 110 pounds. On 10 October 1916 he embarked for France aboard the African Prince, arriving at Le Havre the next day. A few days later he was taken on strength with the No 1 Company of the 18th Divisional Train. In mid February Adam was admitted to the 21 Casualty Clearing Station suffering from Myalgia and PUO, fever of unknown origin. After spending a few days in a hospital, he returned to RASC base depot and then posted to the No 1 Company of the 21st Divisional Train. In June of 1917 Adam was awarded a Good Conduct Badge and was given a leave that December. In June of 1918 he was granted a pay raise and then given a fourteen day leave in early December. With the end of the war Adam returned to England in late May of 1919 and was discharged from service on June 18th, rank of Private. For his service he was awarded the British War and Victory medals.

Returning to his job as a baker at the Greenock Central Co-operative Society Limited in Greenock, the family continued to reside at 21 Mearns Street as did Adam’s mother. Known children born to the couple in Greenock were Adam (1913-1991, Winnipeg), Archibald Dalrymple (1915-1916), James Bell (1917), William Boyd (1920-2010, Dryden, Ontario), and Catherine (1923-2003, Winnipeg). His mother Catherine later died in 1936 at her home on Mearns Street.

Adam immigrated to Canada in 1923, embarking from Scotland aboard the Cassandra on August 3rd and on his way to Winnipeg to work as a harvester. The next year Rachel and the children immigrated, embarking from Greenock aboard the Mont Laurier on 31st May. At the time Adam was living in Kenora, Ontario and working at Jackson’s Bakery.

Adam and Rachel Jane were to make Kenora their home, giving birth to Rachel (abt 1926) and Charles (abt 1928). Sadly, Rachel Jane died on 30 December 1942 at their home on Matheson Street. At the time of her death she was survived by her husband Corporal Martin of the RCA in Petawawa, daughters Catherine (Edward) Taylor and Rachel, and sons Adam of the RCA in Brandon, Manitoba, James of the RCI in Camp Borden, Bill with the RCA overseas, and Charlie of Kenora. Rachel is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

At some point after Rachel’s death, Adam moved to Winnipeg and by the 1949 Voter’s list he was living with Catherine and her husband and working as a baker. Charles, a salesman, was also living with the family.

Adam died on 20 September 1958 at his residence on Langside Street in Winnipeg. At the time of his daughter Catherine’s death in 2003, she was survived by sister Rachel Hoban and brothers Bill (Kay), and Charlie (June) as well as other family members. She was predeceased by brothers Adam and Jim.

Adam is interred in Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg.

By Judy (Stockham) Thorburn

Adam’s grave marker photograph by Donald Schmidt,