'Who Killed Captain Duncan Martin 20th Brigade on 1 July 1916?' with Ross Beadle
16 Nov

It is one of the best-known stories of 1st July. Captain Duncan Martin of the 9th Devonshire's makes a plasticene model to illustrate to his commanding officer how his men will be hit hard by a machine gun in the Mametz communal cemetery known as 'The Shrine' that has not been taken out by the preliminary bombardment. He is overruled and they go 'over the bags' on 1st July. Casualties are heavy including Martin himself. And many are now buried in the Devonshire's cemetery nearby. In mythology he is the man who 'predicted where he would die' - as described by the Daily Mail a couple of years ago when his medals were sold at auction.

The talk looks at two questions:

1) The 9th Devonshire's were part of what was, in general, a good day for the 20th Brigade, of which it was part. How and why were they able to succeed?

2) And did Captain Martin really predict where he would die? 



The Methodist Church Centre South Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 1QY
16 Nov 2024 14:00