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Photograph album 2 : Martin family.
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- Martin, John Gartshore
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55 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 24 cm or smaller
1 negative : b&w ; 9 x 6 cm
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John Gartshore Martin, Col. DSO, MID, Q.C., was an officer in World War II and later became a lawyer in Kitchener, Ontario. The youngest son of John Alexander and Jessie (Wilson) Martin, John studied at the University of Toronto and was employed at the Waterloo Manufacturing Co. Ltd. until he enlisted in the Canadian army in 1941. At that time, he was posted to the Highland Light Infantry regiment as a reinforcement officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Before enlisting, he was a member of the Scots Fusiliers of Canada and trained with them at Niagara, Brockville, and Camp Borden. He also worked on staff at a military school in Vernon, British Columbia before being posted overseas in September, 1943. In 1944 he was transferred to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment (infantry), which participated in the landing at Normandy and the Allied advance through Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany. Martin was promoted to the rank of Major and was awarded several medals, including a Distinguished Service Order and mention in despatches. After returning to Kitchener in 1946, he married his fiance Mary Ann Kabel (daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Art Kabel of Kitchener) and enrolled in law school at Osgoode Hall. Upon graduating in 1949, he practiced law in Kitchener and retired as a senior partner of the law firm Clement, Eastman, Dreger, Martin & Meunier. Martin was involved in community service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and several organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He and Mary Ann had three children: Cathryn Jean, John Jamieson, and David Alexander.
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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.
Some photographs and clippings are loose; some album pages are blank.