Created by potrace 1.14, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

James Charles Martin – The Boy Soldier Holds A Special Place

  • In the Australian Military history, Jim a 14-year-old war veteran is honored for his tremendous efforts. James Charles Martin, also known as Jim, was born in 1901 on January 3rr. He was the youngest soldier to ever work with the Australian Military and died of a Typhoid infection while fighting at Gallipoli in October 1915. He was precisely 14 years and ten months old when he met his maker. As a boy, he was dedicated to the Australian military and lied to the recruiting officer about his age so that he could be enlisted. As a family, their dedication to serving in the military was applaudable. His father had tried to join earlier the year but was rejected because of his poor health. This spruced interest in the boy to fulfill his father’s dream and honor.

    Trailing Jim’s Journey

    At the age of 14, Jim completed his school education and started working as a farmhand with his family. He went to training camps near the state of Victoria before he was commissioned to head to Gallipoli to fight the war. The sailing trip to Gallipoli was a long one with several tops. Jim had a pit stop at Egypt and wrote to his family from there and said he was about to fight the Turks there. Not long after his letter was sent, the troopship that he was sailing on, was attacked and destroyed. The boy soldier was in the water for four hours before he was miraculously rescued.

    Jim showed passion to family and country. He detailed his encounters with the enemy to give his family an account of the honor he was bringing his family, in everything he did. From Courtney’s Post, three months after his first letter, Jim told his family about his adventures of fighting the Turks and how he was doing. Less than four weeks later, he contacted Typhoid and was hospitalized. Jim died on the hospital bed after suffering a cardiac arrest due to his infection.

    Honouring James Charles Martin

    Years after his demise, the remaining relatives of Jim salute his accomplishments at the Anzac service in Windsor, Sydney. The family has made it an annual ritual to salute his achievements and pass the torch to other families. As a family, they are regular attendees of any services and prides that honor the soldiers. However, the ballot system they have to undergo is a daunting process.

    Passed down with stories about the accomplishments that Jim has paid toward family and country, remaining relatives strive to keep traditions. There is a limit to the number of people who can attend the ceremonies to commemorate the war veterans in Australia. At present, the number of allocated seats is 8000. A small amount, considering the multitudes that come forward to show their respect. Several soldiers like Jim are an essential part of Australian history. Their roles might have been short lives, but the stories behind their short tenures are astounding and should be celebrated.