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John Gartshore Martin family fonds.
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Awards.

Certificates in recognition of military and civilian honours awarded to John Gartshore Martin and John Alexander Martin.

Includes certificates awarded to John Alexander Martin:

  • Grant of the dignity of an Additional Officer of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire (1946) (includes accompanying memorandum affixed to original backing in frame);
  • Appointment to the honourary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, 54th Light Anti-aircraft Regiment (Scott Fusiliers of Canada) (1948).

Includes certificates awarded to John Gartshore Martin:

  • Appointment to Distinguished Service Order (1945);
  • Appointment to be Honourary Colonel in the Highland Fusiliers of Canada (1983) (attached to cardboard).

Martin, John Gartshore

Chicopee Tennis Club.

Group photographs of the Chicopee Tennis Club, probably at annual club events. John Alexander Martin is present in most of the photographs. Three of the photographs are incorporated in two Christmas cards. One photograph was taken at a 1928 Rotary Club picnic at Chicopee.

Martin, John Gartshore

Clippings

Newspaper clippings relating to members of the Martin and Wilson families, the involvement of the Martin family and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in World War II, and other subjects.

Martin, John Gartshore

Clippings : Martin family.

Newspaper clippings collected for their relevance to the Martin and Wilson families. Clippings relate to the death of Richard Todd Wilson, the marriage of John Gartshore Martin and Mary Ann Kabel, the career of Wilson Martin at Dominion Rubber, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (Kitchener, ON), Kabel's Men's and Ladies' Wear (Kitchener, ON), and other subjects.

Martin, John Gartshore

Clippings : World War II.

Newspaper clippings relating to the involvement of the Martin family and the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in WWII. Includes announcements about the death of Lt. Jamie Martin and the promotion of Lt. John Martin to Captain, and a detailed article about the battles fought by the Lincoln and Welland Regiment.

Martin, John Gartshore

Clippings.

Clippings, primarily relating to both the [1894?] Lacrosse championship and the 1959 Kitchener downtown fire.

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence

Series consists of 140 pieces of correspondence and a small amount of related ephemera and clippings. Includes mainly letters written to John Alexander and Jessie Martin from John Gartshore Martin during his service with the Canadian military during World War II, describing his daily activities, social outings, leaves, meetings with friends and relatives, and general news about the war.

Series also contains several letters from Wilson Martin, Jamie Martin, Jamie's financee Muriel Clift, and several other correspondents. The correspondence is in the form of letters, many of which include the original envelopes and stamps; aerograms with original stamps; and telegrams. Series also includes a small amount of correspondence between John Gartshore Martin and an acquaintance from Holland (1994-2004).

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence between Derk Rouwhorst and John Gartshore Martin.

Correspondence between Derk Rouwhorst of Delden (Netherlands) and John Gartshore Martin regarding the liberation of Delden (April 3, 1945) and of Holland, and the anniversaries of these events as celebrated in the Netherlands. Includes four letters (one with original envelope and stamp), press clippings (some photocopies), and a photocopied letter to John from the mayor of Delden.

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence from Jamie Martin.

Correspondence from Jamie Martin, written from Alberta, Halifax, and Europe. Includes six letters to his mother and father and one letter to his Aunt Anna. One letter includes the original envelope. Most letters not dated.

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin : 1945-1946.

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin to his mother and father, written in 1945 and 1946. Includes 2 telegrams and 22 letters, some of which are aerograms and some in envelopes, both with original stamps. The letter dated August 30, 1945, includes a copy of a memorial service for John's regiment (Lincoln and Welland) held at Nijverdal, Holland.

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin : July - December, 1944.

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin to his mother and father, written between July and December, 1944, from England, Belgium, and Holland. Includes 47 letters, some of which are aerograms and some in envelopes, both with original stamps. Enclosed with one letter is a letter addressed to Jamie from his grandfather Richard Wilson written in 1926.

Martin, John Gartshore

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin : [1941?]-1943.

Correspondence from John Gartshore Martin to his mother and father. Most correspondence was written between June and December, 1943, while John was at a transit camp in Windsor, Nova Scotia, waiting to be sent overseas. Also present is an earlier letter from John during his studies at the University of Toronto. File includes 3 telegrams and 15 letters, most of which include the original evelope and stamp.

Martin, John Gartshore

Decorations and medals.

Decorations and medals awarded to members of the Martin family, and various military insignia and memorabilia. Includes decorations awarded to John Gartshore Martin:

  • Distinguished Service Order,
  • 1939-1945 Star,
  • France and Germany Star,
  • Defense Medal,
  • Canadian Volunteer Service Medal,
  • War Medal 1939-1945 (oak leaf),
  • 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, and
  • a miniature set of these;
  • medals commemorating 50th anniversary of the D-day landings and of the liberation at Bergen-op-zoom; and
  • other military insignia memorabilia.

File also includes the Order of the British Empire (with miniature) awarded to John Alexander Martin; and a Silver Cross awarded to Jessie Martin on the death of her son William Jamieson Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

Decorations, Medals and Awards

Series consists of decorations, medals, and awards presented to John Gartshore Martin, John Alexander Martin, and Jessie Martin, as well as various military insignia and memorabilia.

Martin, John Gartshore

Ephemera.

Ephemera and other material probably collected and kept by Jessie Gartshore Martin. Includes an invitation and program for a banquet in honour of Rev. William M. Martin; a ts./ms. list of people who contacted John and Jessie Martin upon Jamie's death; a postcard depicting a tank in Caen, France; a clipping of a photograph of John Alexander Martin; and other material.

Martin, John Gartshore

Formation signs.

Two copies of a poster depicting formation signs of various Allied units (including the 4th Canadian Armed Division), dated May 8, 1945.

Martin, John Gartshore

Houses.

Photographs of houses, including the Martin residence at 41 Allen Street East, Waterloo [?]; the home of Wilson and Dorothy Martin at 155 Dunrae Avenue in Mount-Royal, Quebec; the home of R.T. Wilson in Dundas, Ontario; the Kabel's 'restful home'; and other unidentified houses.

Martin, John Gartshore

John Alexander and Jessie Martin Family

Material relating to John Alexander and Jessie Martin as well as their descendants and ancestors. Includes ephemera, ms. notes, souvenirs, a ts. history and a ts. biography, and other material. Includes records relating to the wedding of John and Jessie, and the career, community service, and funeral of John. Most of the material was probably collected and kept by Jessie Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

John Gartshore Martin family fonds.

  • SCA212-GA191
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-2004, predominant 1909-1958

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by John Gartshore Martin and other members of his family, primarily his mother and father John Alexander and Jessie Martin. Records relate to the lives and activities of John Gartshore Martin and other family members, including the impact of World War II. Includes photographs, correspondence, clippings, war memorabilia, ephemera, certificates, a scrapbook, military decorations, and other material.

Martin, John Gartshore

Kabel family : ancestors.

Four modern reproductions of 19th century portraits, perhaps of ancestors of Mary Ann (Kabel) Martin, mounted on cardboard. File also includes a small "gem" type photograph of a child mounted on thick paper.

Martin, John Gartshore

Kabel family : grandchildren.

Snapshots of children, probably grandchildren to Mr. and Mrs. Art H. Kabel. Includes snapshots of twins Alistair and Cameron, and of three other children, probably John and Mary Ann Martin's children: Cathryn Jean, John Jamieson, and David Alexander.

Martin, John Gartshore

Kabel family.

Snapshots, most of which are probably of the Kabel family and friends. Includes snapshots of Mary Ann Kabel (later Martin) and her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Art H. Kabel. Some photographs include identification on verso.

Martin, John Gartshore

Letters from various correspondents.

Letters to John Alexander and Jessie Martin from various correspondents. Includes four letters from Jamie's fiancee Muriel Clift while serving as a military nurse in Europe; a letter from nephew Walter; a letter from Col. R.B. Martin, and a letter from Col. A. P. [surname illegible]. The latter two are regarding the death of Jamie. Some letters are aerograms and some are in envelopes, both with original stamps.

Martin, John Gartshore

Liberation anniversary certificates.

Material relating to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Holland (Bergen op Zoom) and Belgium in WWII. Includes certificates, a photograph of John Gartshore Martin shaking hands with the [Prime Minister of Belgium?], and a photocopied 1945 press clipping.

Martin, John Gartshore

Map : 4th Canadian Armoured Division.

Map showing the movements (with dates) of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division from the UK, the crossing to Normandy, and the advance into Holland and then across northern Germany. John Gartshore Martin's regiment (Lincoln and Welland) was part of this division. The border of the map includes the crests of all regiments in the division.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin and Wilson families.

Photographs of the Martin and Wilson families. Includes snapshots of John Alexander and Jessie Martin; their sons and daughters-in-law Wilson and Dorothy, Jamie, and John and Mary Ann; and their grandchildren. Includes snapshots of Jessie Martin's parents, Richard and Margaret Wilson, and her siblings; and of John Alexander's parents, Rev. William and Christena Martin, and other family members.

File also includes snapshots of other people, likely family friends. Most photographs are taken in Waterloo as well as other locations around Ontario.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, Jamie : grave and memorial stone.

Photographs relating to Jamie Martin's grave and memorial stone. Includes snapshots of the grave and cemetery at Beny-sur-mer near Caen, France, including some with John Alexander and Jessie Martin; a snapshot of a memorial stone for Jamie at the Grove Cemetery in Dundas, Ontario; and a photograph of cenotaph in Waterloo, Ontario.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, Jessie : family notes.

Several pages taken from a bible belonging to Jessie Gartshore Martin, containing handwritten notes she recorded about her family and significant events in their lives. Includes notes about the activity of her sons (and other acquaintances) in the war, memorials for Jamie, the deaths of her parents, the marriage of her sons and the births of grandchildren, and her health, as well as notes from church sermons. Neither the notes nor pages are in chronological order.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, John Alexander : in memoriam.

Material relating to the funeral of John Alexander Martin, who died on June 7, 1959. Includes a memorial guest book containing details about the funeral service and a register of visitors, flowers, and gifts of remembrance. Includes a poem, the message given at the funeral by Rev. F.G. Stewart, lists of donations, and a clipping of the obituary (several copies).

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, John Alexander : personal.

Material relating to John Alexander Martin. Includes a command from Buckingham Palace regarding a medal, a biography, a letter from the president of the Rubber Association of Canada, R.C. Bukinshaw, regarding Martin's resignation from the association, and a photograph of Martin and Buckinshaw.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, John Alexander.

Four photographs of John Alexander Martin. Three of the photographs are of John and others in a car at the base of a tree in Vancouver, BC. One photograph (linen-backed) is of John and another man holding up a railway inspection car.

Martin, John Gartshore

Martin, John Alexander.

Photograph showing J.A. Martin and other members of the "Seigniory [sic] Club" at the American Transit Association Annual Convention, Lucerne, Que. June 5th, 1941.

Martin, John Gartshore

Monkland Mills : James Wilson and sons, Fergus, Ontario.

History of the Monkland Mills in Fergus, Ontario, owned by James Wilson and his sons for over 80 years. John Gartshore and Andrew Mitchell began milling in Fergus in 1835. John Gartshore and his wife Margaret (Moir) had six children; their daughter Jacqueline married James Wilson who established Monkland Mills, and another daughter Margaret married Richard Todd Wilson, who became John Gartshore Martin's grandparents.

Martin, John Gartshore

Officer appointment.

Linen-backed document appointing John Gartshore Martin as 2nd Lieutenant in the army of the Dominion of Canada by King George IV, by command of the Governor General of Canada.

Martin, John Gartshore

Official service documents.

Material relating to John Gartshore Martin's military training and official term of service with the Canadian Army. Includes correspondence from the Department of National Defence, certificates of military qualification, a certificate of service, and diagrammatic plans of an attack by the Lincoln & Welland Regiment called "the final punch". File also includes a certificate of military qualification for John's brother Wilson Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

Passport.

Passport for John Gartshore Martin for travel into the United States of America. Includes a photograph of Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photograph album 1 : Martin family.

Album containing snapshots of Jessie and John Alexander Martin and their children, Wilson, Jamie, and John, as babies and young children. Other relative are included in some photographs. Album also includes later photographs of the three brothers in uniform, and a photograph of John Gartshore Martin and his father visiting Jamie's grave at Beny-sur-mer cemetery.

Also contained in the album are several press clippings relating to John's achievements in the war, John A. Wilson (cousin) who was killed in action, and the post-war careers of Wilson and John.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photograph album 2 : Martin family.

Album containing snapshots of members of the Martin family, including Wilson, Jamie and John in uniform posing alone and with other relatives and friends; Jamie with friends in Europe during the war; the three brothers as young children; and John Alexander and Jessie Martin. Album also includes photographs of Jamie's grave and the cemetery at Beny-sur-mer in France; John Alexander and Jessie visiting the grave; and other memorials and plaques dedicated to Jamie.

Album includes newspaper clippings mostly relating to the involvement of Wilson, Jamie and John in the war; Jamie's death and the memorial services for him; and Wilson's post-war career.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photograph album 3 : Martin family.

Album containing snapshots of John Alexander and Jessie Martin and their children as well as other relatives and family friends. Includes snapshots of Wilson in uniform posing with relatives, and of Jamie's grave at Beny-sur-mer, France.

Album also contains newspaper clippings and memorabilia, including the telegram from the Department of National Defence regarding Jamie's death and Jamie's last letter home. Clippings relate to Jamie's death, Wilson's wedding, John Alexander Martin's career (including his appointment to rubber controller for Canada), and news of relatives and friends.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photograph album 4 : Mary Ann Kabel.

Album belonging to Mary Ann Kabel (later Martin) containing snapshots of her and her friends, friends' wedding photographs, and snapshots of John Gartshore Martin at the military school in Vernon, BC. Album also contains newspaper clippings and memorabilia. Clippings relate to news and announcements about Mary Ann's friends and other men from Kitchener-Waterloo serving in World War II (including deaths, injuries, etc.) and the weddings of Mary Ann's friends.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photograph album 5 : trip to England and Scotland.

Album containing snapshots and souvenir postcards from a trip to England and Scotland. The trip was probably taken by Margaret (Wilson) More and her husband William More [?], Richard S. Wilson, and other members of the Wilson family. Album also includes loose snapshots of members of the Wilson and Martin families and a photograph of Jamie Martin; a Christmas card; and an manuscript Poem.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photographs

Photographs relating to the families and lives of John Gartshore and Mary Ann Martin, John Alexander and Jessie Martin, Richard and Margaret Wilson, and Rev.William M. and Christena Martin. Includes snapshots, individual and group portraits (some mounted), and photograph albums containing snapshots, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

Series also includes photographs taken in Normandy and Holland during World War II and photographs of other subjects. The albums contain snapshots of John Alexander and Jessie Martin and their children growing up, Jamie Martin's grave, John Martin at an army training camp, Mary Ann Kabel and her friends, and a trip by members of the Wilson family.

Martin, John Gartshore

Photographs from Ann Martin.

Four photographs and a letter to John Gartshore Martin from his niece Ann Martin. One photograph (modern copy) depicts John Alexander Martin with his sons in uniform. In the letter, Ann asks John to identify the men and woman in the other three portraits. The woman is possibly John's maternal grandmother, Margaret (Gartshore) Wilson. One man is probably John's paternal grandfather, Rev. William M. Martin, and the other is probably John's uncle Alexander Douglas Wilson.

Martin, John Gartshore

Pocket portfolio.

Material collected by John Gartshore Martin during his time in active service and kept on his person in a photograph case issued by the Canadian Active Service Force. Includes photographs of his mother, father, brothers, and fiancee Mary Ann Kabel; officer's ration cards; and clippings of wedding announcements, including one for his brother Wilson and his bride Doris. Includes one page of ms. notes containing addresses and records of the number of letters John wrote to his mother and father and to Mary Ann.

Martin, John Gartshore

Scrapbook 1 : loose material.

Material collected by John Gartshore Martin relating mainly to his experience in the war, including social and sporting events and regimental memorial services. Includes ephemera, newspaper clippings, photographs, a negative, a guide map of London, and a 1984 letter to John from a researcher regarding his scrapbook.

Clippings relate to the war and John's involvement in particular, and include the October 27, 1945 issue of The Maple Leaf (newspaper for the Canadian Forces, northwest Europe edition); a clipping about a post-war business trip to Europe by John Alexander Martin is also present.

Martin, John Gartshore

Scrapbook 1.

Scrapbook created by John Gartshore Martin about his experiences in WWII. Includes snapshots, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and correspondence. Snapshots were taken during John's training in Canada and his time in Europe, and show sporting events; fellow officers and soldiers; towns, buildings, and countryside in Normandy, Belgium and Holland; tanks and other equipment; a post-war ceremony; and other subjects.

Scrapbook includes a telegram from John's parents informing him of his brother Jamie's death, ts. Information relating to battles, a letter to Jessie Martin regarding John's DSO, and other items. Clippings relate to John's involvement in the war and his decoration with the DSO by the Governor General Viscount Alexander. The scrapbook pages are not in order and have been left as found. Some pages contain identification for the photographs.

Martin, John Gartshore

Scrapbook 2.

Scrapbook created by an unknown party (probably a family member or close friend) containing clippings from the Kitchener-Waterloo Record relating to local men serving in the war. Clippings describe the postings, promotions, and activities of the soldiers and officers, honours received, and news about those injured, missing, or killed. Some clippings relate to John Gartshore Martin, Wilson Alexander Martin, and Muriel Clift (fiancee of William Jamieson Martin). Some clippings are loose between pages of the scrapbook.

Martin, John Gartshore

Souvenirs.

Items probably collected as souvenirs. Includes a photograph album with a leather cover (empty); blank postcards depicting Clachaig (Scotland), a Vancouver parade, and the University of Toronto; business cards for a hotel in California; autograph booklets; and a print of a boy and a police officer.

Martin, John Gartshore

War Memorabilia

Material collected by John Gartshore Martin relating to his time of service with Canadian army in World War II, mainly with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, 10th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Armed Division. Includes certificates of qualification, service, and recognition; ephemera; correspondence; maps; and other memorabilia.

Series also includes scrapbooks containing photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and correspondence relating to John's experience in the war. Also present are certificates relating to Lt. William Jamieson (Jamie) Martin and Wilson Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

Wartime Industries Control Board : group portrait.

One group portrait showing members of Canada's Wartime Industries Control Board seated at a board room table:

  • McKinnon, H.
  • Symington, H.J.
  • Paterson, W.Q.
  • Rosenberry, D.
  • Newman, W.A.
  • Carswell, D.B.
  • Martin, John Alexander
  • MacKenzie, George J.P.
  • Connell, F.H.
  • Kilbourn, F.B.
  • Brunning, E.J.
  • Wren, W.
  • Godsoe, J.G.
  • Linkletter, H.C.
  • Sterne, E.T.
  • Lackwood, T.
  • Cottrelle, G.R.
  • Gray, George S.
  • Haey, M.
  • Brown, F.H.
  • Birchard, R.
  • Drewry, C.

Martin, John Gartshore

Wedding gift list.

Booklet containing a list of the gifts received by Jessie Gartshore and John Alexander Martin at their wedding on August 28, 1912. Booklet contains hand-drawn illustrations as well as two poems, and is bound by a ribbon.

Martin, John Gartshore

Wilson, Alexander Douglas.

Photographs relating to Alexander Douglas Wilson and his family. Includes snapshots of Alexander in uniform with his parents and some siblings at a train station, a snapshot of his children, a snapshot of a bride [his daughter?] and groom, and other snapshots of family. File also includes newspaper clippings, most relating to his death.

Martin, John Gartshore

Wilson, Richard Todd and family : portraits.

Four portraits of Richard Todd Wilson, his wife Margaret (Gartshore) and extended family members, including their children and grandchildren. One portrait includes an inset photograph of John Alexander Martin, and one portrait includes only the children of Richard and Margaret. Two portraits include identification on verso:

1. Inset: Alex Martin; Back row left to right: Clarke Wilson, Bill Wilson, Margaret Osgood, Alex Wilson, Dorothy Wilson, Madge More, Richard S. Wilson, Merne Wilson, Will More; Front row: Jessie Martin & Jamie, Richard Todd Wilson, Margaret Wilson, Milne Wilson, Anna Wilson; Seated: Jack Wilson, Wilson Marton, Beth (Wilson) Boehm, Margaret (Wilson) Rowan-Legg.

2. Back row left to right: Richard Steele Wilson (Bill Wilson's father), Anna Jacqueline Wilson, Alexander Dougas Wilson (Beth Boehm's father); Front row left to right: Marion Forrester Wilson, Margaret Helen More, Jessie Gartshore Martin. Six surviving children of Richard Todd Wilson and Margaret Gartshore Wilson, grandparents to Wilson, Jamie and John Martin.

Martin, John Gartshore

Women, unidentified : portraits.

Three portraits of women. One (mounted) depicts a woman in a wedding dress. One woman is possibly Dorothy (Pequegnat) Martin, and the other two are possibly daughters of Richard and Margaret Wilson.

Martin, John Gartshore

World War II : Normandy and Holland.

Six photographs of Normandy and Holland during World War II, probably taken by John Gartshore Martin. Photographs originally mounted in a frame with captions below each: Trun-Falaise gap Normandy 1944; Caen Normandy 1944; Road to Bergen-op-zoom Holland 1944; Trun-Falaise gap Normandy 1944; Kapelsche Veer Holland 1945; and Prisoners, Trun-Falaise gap Normandy 1944.

Martin, John Gartshore