Family History: Thomas Martin 1890-1951

Thomas Martin was born in Hydepark Street, Glasgow, on 24 Nov 1890. He was the tenth child of Thomas Martin Senior, a steam ship fireman and Helen Jamieson. Thomas followed in his father’s footsteps and also worked on steamships in the Merchant Navy. He served from about 1910 through to his death in 1951. Thomas travelled extensively during this time, leaving behind a wife and four children. His daughter recalled stories of WW2 where rationing meant that luxury items such as soaps, or stockings were in short supply. However Thomas would manage to find these things for his wife and daughters and bring them back on his visits home. Thomas died onboard the ship MV Corinaldo in 1951 when the ship was in Buenos Aires. His daughter explained that Thomas had been on shore and involved in a fight, and upon his return to the ship, he collapsed and died. His death certificate shows that Thomas died as a result of a heart attack. Thomas’ body was not brought back to Scotland but was buried in the British Cemetery, Chacarita, Argentina. This was a great source of sorrow for his daughter who was aghast that her father was not ‘home’.

Thomas Martin's funeral Car. Argentina, 1951.

Thomas Martin's funeral Car. Argentina, 1951.

Thomas Martin, graveside. 1951

Thomas Martin, graveside. 1951