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William E. Martin

Admitted to:

No.90 General Hospital, Imtarfa, Malta. RAF Hospital Halton (19/04/42).

Date of Injury:

16/10/1941

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

26

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down over Malta.

Transferred to QVH:

21/05/1942

Injuries:

Burns to face, arms and back. Multiple Fractures. Broken Ribs.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

3



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

William E.

Surname:

Martin

Service No:

R62765

Nationality:

Canadian


Awards/Honours:

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Patient Unit:

HQ NE, RAF Uxbridge

Profession:

Wireless Operator.

Patient Rank:

Sgt

Death:

11/02/2001

Age at Death:

84yrs

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Martin crashed in Malta, where facilities for burn treatment were poor, and his wounds were heavily infected. Due to the siege, he had to wait for a supply ship to fight its way into Malta, and back out to Alexandria, before returning to England for treatment. He arrived at RAF Halton Hospital in April 1942, where McIndoe found him and had him transferred to QVH.

Martin acted as Secretary of the Canadian Wing of the Guinea Pig Club for three years, before serving as its Chief for fourteen years until his death.

Glossary:

Further Reading:

As For the Canadians' By Rita Donovan.
'Guinea Pigs on Parade', The Guinea Pig, July 1992, p. 29.
'Another Mystery Cleared-Up', Bill Martin, The Guinea Pig, July 1995, pp. 26-7.

References:

'William E. Martin', The Guinea Pig, July 2001, p. 2.