Dr Martin, a prominent Palmerston North surgeon, served in the South African Field Force 1901-2 as a civil surgeon and as a surgeon in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and the New Zealand Army Medical Corps.  a surgeon in World War One. Before serving in South Africa, he was educated at Edinbrugh University, where he won several prizes and scholarships. After that conflict he graduated M.D.Edin, taking diploma of F.R.C.S.Edin in 1903. After graduation, he immigrated to New Zealand. He was a Senior Surgeon at Palmerston North Hospital. He was still in that role when war broke out - his first commission was in August 14 1914. He was attached to the 15th Field Ambulance and was mentioned in dispatches for gallant and distinguished service. He returned to New Zealand but joined up with the New Zealand Army Medical Corps in 1916 and became second in command of the No. 3 Field Ambulance. He died of shrapnel wounds at the Somme, 17 September 1916 at the age of 40. He was the author of 'Surgeon in Khaki'.