Ivens, Martin Edmund

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 38
Date of birth: 1878 (Q3)

Parents: Richard M and Arabella Ivens
Wife: Constance Margaret Lawrence
Address: 26 High Street

Occupation: Valuer and auctioneer

Martin’s father was also an auctioneer and valuer and at the time of the 1881 census, the family were living at 9 The Butts and had two servants living in. Martin had two older siblings, Ada (9) and Richard (7).
By the time of the 1891 census, those siblings were not part of the household, which was then living at 14 High Street but Martin, now aged 12, had two younger siblings: Kate (15) and John (10). All 3 were born in Warwick although their father had been born in Urtica, New York and their mother was from Nottingham.

Martin married Constance in 1896 (Q2) and they had two children, Marshall Lawrence Ivens, born in Leamington Spa in 1897 and Cicely Constance Ivens, born in Southampton in 1905.
In the 1901 census, Constance and Marshall were recorded as guests in the house of Bernard and Violet Smith at 25 Windsor Street, Leamington Spa and according to the Leamington Priors parish record of baptisms, Marshall was baptised on February 15th 1901 alongside the son of Bernard and Violet Smith and the address for both was 25 Windsor Street.
By the time of the 1911 census, Constance and the two children were living in Bournemouth. Martin, aged 32, was living with his brother John and their parents at 26 High Street.

Martin’s son, Marshall, who had enlisted with the Hampshire Regiment, died on the same day as Martin, on the Somme, aged 19.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Company Sergeant Major, 607
Regiment/Service: 16th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment (3rd Birmingham)
Brigade/Division: 15th Brigade, 5th Division
Date of death: Sunday, September 03, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in Action - Battle of Guillemont
Commemorated/Buried: Thiepval Memorial, Somme
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:

Martin enlisted into the 7th (service) Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, in Leamington Spa, on 25th September 1914.

This brief item in the Local War Items column
Warwick Advertiser 18th November 1916
“Mr RM Ivens, of Warwick, has now received official notification that his son, Acting Company-Sergeant-Major M. E. Ivens, R.W.R. was killed in action on September 3rd.”

was followed the next week by this more detailed account and tribute.
Warwick Advertiser 25th November 1916


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  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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