Lieutenant John Chard:What's our strength? Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead Seven officers including surgeon commissaries and so on Adendorff now I suppose wounded and sick 36 fit for duty 97 and about 40 native levies Not much of an army for you.
HomeHome  CalendarCalendar  GalleryGallery  PublicationsPublications  FAQFAQ  SearchSearch  RegisterRegister  Log inLog in  
Latest topics
» A heads- up on the weather for visitors to Zululand
Today at 10:03 am by Paul Lamberth

» Studies in the Zulu War 1879 Volume V
Today at 8:21 am by Julian Whybra

» Daily Mail today
Today at 8:11 am by SRB1965

» 90th Foot. Did it go to the 1879 war from India or from England?
Yesterday at 9:17 pm by Victor

» RA 5th Brigade rifle?
Yesterday at 3:13 pm by Paul Lamberth

» Manual of Field Artillery Exercises 1877
Yesterday at 11:50 am by Frank Allewell

» Durnford at Isandlwana
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:52 pm by SRB1965

» Lieutenant Crawford Caffin, 1872
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:53 pm by 1879graves

» Durnfords arrival at iSandlwana
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:13 am by rusteze

» George Middleton
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:05 pm by 1879graves

» Sir Thomas Keir Murray
Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:47 pm by 1879graves

» Last man alive
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:16 pm by ymob

» Smith-Dorrien talk 26th January 2019
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:52 pm by ADMIN

» Pte 1507 Edwin Lewis 2-24th
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:13 pm by 1879graves

» 140th Anniversary Events - January 2019
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:16 pm by timothylrose

Captain David Moriarity, 80th, KIA Ntombe
This photograph taken when he was in the 7th Regiment prior to his transfer to the 80th. [Mac & Shad] (Isandula Collection)
The Battle of Isandlwana: One of The Worst Defeats of The British Empire - Military History

Display results as :
Rechercher Advanced Search
Top posters
Frank Allewell
Mr M. Cooper
Fair Use Notice
Fair use notice. This website may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owner. We are making such material and images are available in our efforts to advance the understanding of the “Anglo Zulu War of 1879. For educational & recreational purposes. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material, as provided for in UK copyright law. The information is purely for educational and research purposes only. No profit is made from any part of this website. If you hold the copyright on any material on the site, or material refers to you, and you would like it to be removed, please let us know and we will work with you to reach a resolution.
Top posting users this month
John Young
Frank Allewell
Julian Whybra
Most active topics
Isandlwana, Last Stands
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
Durnford was he capable.1
Durnford was he capable.5
Durnford was he capable. 4
The ammunition question
Durnford was he capable. 3
Durnford was he capable.2
Pte David Jenkins. 'Forgotten' Survivor of Rorke's Drift Returned to Official Records
The missing five hours.

Share | 

 Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor

Go down 
Tim Needham


Posts : 187
Join date : 2011-10-18

PostSubject: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:07 pm

I've recently looked into locating the grave of Isandlwana survivor Nicholas Martin RA who survived Isandlwana aged just 16, and have been given the following information:

Nicholas Henry Martin of 121 Bloomsbury St. Nechells Birmingham was buried 24th January 1912 age 49yrs at St James the Less Ashted.

The church of St James the Less no longer stands. It was almost completely destroyed by German bombs during World War 2 and remained in ruins until 1956 when it was demolished.

However, a number of the gravestones have been preserved and laid flat in an area of public open space at the top of Barrack Street.


Back to top Go down


Posts : 2786
Join date : 2010-06-02

PostSubject: Re: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:06 pm

Nicholas Henry Martin enlisted with the Royal Artillery on 24 July 1875 aged twelve and a half years. He was 4ft. 6inches tall.

His papers record he was at Isandlwana and also served in the Transvaal (1st Boer War) where he won the DCM at the Seige of Pochefstroom, "Having assisted under very heavy fire to convey a woman and a man back into the Fort at Pochefstroom".

He married Amelia Borie on 7 April 1885 in Coventry and was by that time a Sergeant. They had five children by 1893 - by then he was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant. He was discharged in 1896 and became Barrack Warden in the Cavalry Barracks at Aston, Birmingham. Here they are in the 1911 census, the year before he died. Worthy of a memorial I think.

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

Back to top Go down


Posts : 7063
Join date : 2009-04-24
Age : 50
Location : Down South.

PostSubject: Re: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:28 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
"The church of ST. JAMES THE LESS, Ashted, was founded in 1789, when Dr. John Ash's house was converted into a chapel after his departure from Birmingham. The chapel was opened for divine service in 1791, and was consecrated in 1810. It was originally a proprietary chapel owned by a Mr. Brooks, and later by a Dr. Crofts, and in 1810 it was vested in four trustees for 60 years. The incumbent was styled a perpetual curate, but there was no endowment and all expenses, including the support of the minister, were met by the seatholders. In 1853 a parish was formed out of Aston; in 1859 began a series of grants by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners to endow the living, which became a vicarage in 1868. In 1881 the patronage was transferred to the Aston Trustees, and the living was further endowed with £40 out of the revenues of Aston. The net annual income of the vicarage in 1953 was £397. Until 1830 it seems that none of the seats in the church was free. In that year the seating arrangements were altered so as to provide 150 free seats for the poorer inhabitants of the heavily populated hamlet of Ashted. Enlargement of the church in 1835 made another 850 free seats available. Towards the end of the century efforts were made to improve the proportion of the number of seats in Anglican churches to the number of inhabitants: a mission room to hold 100 was built in 1882, and in 1889 a mission room was opened in Dollman Street (later known as St. John's Mission) in a building designed to serve as the transept of a possible subsequent church. This mission has been licensed for public worship since 1908. Another mission, in Lawley Street, later known as St. Peter's, was opened in 1896 and licensed from 1908 until the Second World War. 
The church of St. James, in Barrack Street and Great Brook Street, was a converted 18th-century house, a plain rectangular building of brick, with a semi-circular projection on one side surmounted by a turret with cupola. It was lengthened by about half its original length in 1835, and was restored in 1887–9. It was seriously damaged during the Second World War, and was demolished c. 1956. The registers begin in 1810". 
Source:Birmingham Forum.
Back to top Go down


Posts : 704
Join date : 2012-05-05

PostSubject: Re: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Tim, are you thinking of a memorial plaque. agree
Back to top Go down


Posts : 9903
Join date : 2009-04-07
Age : 62
Location : Melbourne, Australia

PostSubject: Trumpeter Nicholas Martin , Isandlwana Survivor    Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:57 am

Well done Tim , Steve & Littlehand .
90th Salute
Back to top Go down


Posts : 2784
Join date : 2009-03-03
Location : Devon

PostSubject: Re: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:25 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Trumpeter N.H. Martin (active 1879) DCM, Royal Artillery. Received DCM from Queen Victoria 8 December 1882 for gallantry at Potchefstrom c.1878-9

In the Collection of Queen Victoria
Back to top Go down


Posts : 9903
Join date : 2009-04-07
Age : 62
Location : Melbourne, Australia

PostSubject: Trmptr Nicholas Henry Martin , Isandlwana Survivor    Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:57 am

Outstanding Andy
90th agree
Back to top Go down
Sponsored content

PostSubject: Re: Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor   

Back to top Go down
Trumpter Nicholas Henry Martin, Isandlwana survivor
Back to top 
Page 1 of 1

Permissions in this forum:You cannot reply to topics in this forum
Jump to: