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Joseph Atkinson Martin

Portrait, montage, soldier, his wife and children with pryamids and hearts. His daughter writes: "The portrait was organised by my father while he was in Cairo. He had a family portrait of us taken in Onehunga before he left for overseas." (collection of J A Martin 557298) - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, montage, soldier, his wife and children with pryamids and hearts. His daughter writes: "Th …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Joseph Atkinson AWMM
  • Surname
    Martin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    557298 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 November 1910 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 12 May 1941 AWMM 46 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Myrine Lily Jessie Martin (wife), 46 Selwyn Street, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM
    Married, 2 children AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 12 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Driver/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 6 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Road accident AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Joseph and Rosalie (nee Heaps) Martin

    Joseph grew up in the Salvation Army Home at Putaruru

    His daughter, Carol, writes: "When the war broke we were living on the Broadlands Estate at Reparoa. It was turned into a conscientious objectors' camp and my father refused on principle to continue working there. We moved to Auckland and he worked for Fletcher Construction as a timber tally clerk. A shortage of drivers led to an invitation to drive trucks for Fletchers and he liked it. Fletchers kept him out of the army while he was doing that, until he was ordered back to the timber yard. He wanted to stay driving, so the essential classification was removed from his employment and he was immediately called up.

    He entered Papakura Camp and his half brother, Raymond Nicholls was also there. The night before they were to embark both broke Camp and and hitch hiked home to Onehunga. Mt father stayed the night and we all rose early in the next morning to drive him and Ray back to Camp. I remember it was dark and very misty. They had to be back before six am. We were all very sad and the parting at Camp was a tearful wrench. My mother wept all the way home. Even as a child I was aware we might not see him again.

    At Maadi Camp they were short of MPs and my father took the job offered, even though it was unpopular, to keep him out of the firing line. He was a pacifist but said he lacked the courage to be a conscientious objector. He refused to swear the Oath of Allegiance

    The troopship Stirling Castle brought him home. We went to Auckland station to meet the train carrying the troops. There was a large crowd. Families were to stand by the letter of the alphabet beginning their surname. It was hard to wait. The men were a longtime arriving but at last my father was with us home again." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 March 1950 AWMM
    Age 39 AWMM
    BrynderwynNorthland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 15: WW2 96 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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