Private Saved by Razor; Couple to Honour Family Anzac History in France

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Private Saved by Razor; Couple to Honour Family Anzac History in France


Byline: Mikayla Haupt mikayla.haupt@news-mail.com.au

A RAZOR, pay book and wallet are the reason Private Henry Martin survived a bullet the size of a $2 coin piercing his left-side breast pocket, just missing his heart.

It was in the middle of World War I on June 7 at Messines Ridge and Private Martin was a solider in the 52nd battalion.

The injured Private walked to a medical aid post and waited his turn, only to be turned away for not being a citizen of New Zealand.

He was offered transport to an Australian medical aid post but "stubbornly" refused their lift and walked the distance with kit and rifle in hand to get "patched up".

The bullet was removed a decade later in Maryborough Hospital.

It's this tale, and others like it, that Judy and Warren Martin want to honour when they travel to France today.

The Childers couple wish to commemorate their family's war history by visiting Vignacourt for Anzac Day.

The couple said they were looking forward to laying wreaths in honour of family members and hoped to discover more about their past.

Mrs Martin's grandfather, Captain Charles Linklater, is remembered at Menin Gate after he passed into German hands and was declared missing on June 11, 1917.

But before the worst happened to the Captain, he sent a postcard to his wife back in Australia which read, "When this war is over, I'll take you to Paris and we'll go to the ballet". …

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