22 October 1940.
Lieutenant F R Martin. GM.
George Medal Details.
On the 16th September1940 a large unexploded bomb was reported at Lord Stanhope’s residence at Chevening. Lady Stanhope was at home and seriously ill, she could not be moved. Lieutenant F.R. Martin was detailed to attend this incident. Lieutenant Francis had recently lost four men on another incident and decided to tackle this one by himself, so others were not put at risk. After many hours of solitary digging he reached the bomb at 04.00 hrs the next day. He extracted the fuse which was still ticking. He certainly saved Lady Stanhope’s life at great risk to himself. He was awarded the George Medal. Sadly five weeks later he died at another incident.
120736 Second Lieutenant
Frank Robert Martin.
12 Bomb Disposal Company.
Photo taken by Pete Mason.
Son of Francis and Hannah Stephenson Martin: Husband of Kathleen Barbara Martin of Copthorne.
Died on the 22 October 1940. Aged 29.
Buried at Cuckfield Cemetery, Sussex.
Plot 2 SE Grave 76.