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NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL WITH MARTINIQUE CLASP TO LIEUT. T. MARTIN

** NEW ** Naval General Service Medal with Martinique clasp to T. Martin, Lieut.
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Thomas Martin was born at Tamerton Foilot, Devon on 11 Dec 1787 and entered the Royal Navy as Midshipman of Superb in 1799 at the age of just 11. Martin was confirmed as Lieutenant on 22 Jan 1806 and then appointed senior Lieutenant of Penelope, stationed for some time on the coast of North America and the West Indies. He served on shore with a party of seamen at the capture of Fort Trinite, prior to the surrender of Martinique in February 1809. Also whilst serving in Penelope he commanded its boats, in conjunction with those of the Pomone, at the rescue of the crew of the Atalante on shore under the batteries of the French coast and also at the destruction of a convoy near Cape Prior in 1807. On 3 Dec 1810, Martin was appointed Senior Lieutenant of the Wolverine, a brig under Captain C.J. Kerr, and from 1811 to 1813, Senior Lieutenant of the Dragon and Tribune, the flagships of Sir Fraser Laforey. Promoted to the rank of Commander on 10 Aug 1813 and appointed in that rank to the Surinam sloop in which vessel he returned home in convoy and was paid off the following October.

Martin was, lastly, from 3 June 1824 until Jan 1827, employed on the Jamaica station in command of the Jaseur, where he was importantly and actively employed in the protection of British interests in the River Plate and also in the Pacific during the war of independence from 1824-27. Promoted to Captain on 2 Aug 1826, Martin became Rear-Admiral on 15 Apr 1854, Vice-Admiral on 9 June 1860 and Admiral on 9 Feb 1864. Martin's eldest son, Thomas Hutchinson Mangles Martin, had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Crimean War, whilst his third son, John Nickelson Martin, was killed at Cawnpore in June 1857 as a second Lieutenant in the Bengal Artillery. Admiral Thomas Martin at Bitteme, Southampton on 1 Nov 1868, aged 81.

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