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Douglas Sutherland Martin, M.I.D.


Lieutenant-Commander, O-46780, RCN(R)


Born: 11 Jun 1918, England


Died: 19 Dec 2012, Lumberton, North Carolina


MARTIN, Douglas Sutherland - formerly of Red Springs died Wednesday, December 19, 2012, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center at the age of 94. Mr. Martin was born in England on June 11, 1918, to the late Alan Martin and Beatrice Farquhar. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Bullock Martin, and his second wife, Bobby Fields McGirt Martin. Mr. Martin honorably served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve during WWII and the Korean War. He was a member of the Red Springs Presbyterian Church where he served on many committees. He was employed with Sinclair Lumber Company in Laurinburg as a purchasing agent. Mr. Martin enjoyed spending his spare time maintaining his yard. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Gibson-Martin of Lumberton; a son, Alan D. Martin (Sue) of St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; a daughter, Margaret M. Garrard (Kenneth Williams) of Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada; a step-son, Pem McGirt of Pinehurst, NC; a brother, Kent Martin (Joan) of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada; grandchildren, Christa Huberdeau (Mike), Scott Martin (Leah), Craig Martin, Michael Kelly (Teresa); great grandchildren, Tyler, Olivia, Chase, and Cohen, many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 11, 2013, at the home of Douglas & Rosemary Gibson-Martin in Lumberton. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, in the Alloway Cemetery. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Red Springs Presbyterian Church, Reverend Shuford White officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Red Springs Presbyterian Church, 117 N. Vance Street, Red Springs, NC 28377 and/or The Salvation Army, 220 E. Russell Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.


Mentioned in Despatches citation:  MARTIN, Douglas Sutherland, Sub-Lieutenant, Mention in Despatches, RCNR, HMCS Assiniboine - Awarded as per Canada Gazette of 12 December 1942 and London Gazette of 3 December 1942. "In the action between HMCS Assiniboine and an enemy U-Boat, this officer carried a badly wounded man from the bridge down to the Chart House through enemy bullets and through a fire which had broken out on the flag deck."


Ships served in:

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax as an A/SLt, RCNR, Add'l For Disposal or Under Training (seniority 15 Aug 1940) (Navy List Aug 1940)

HMCS ASSINIBOINE - Appointed to Assiniboine 31 Dec 1940 as a SLt, RCNR (Navy List Feb 1941).  Appointed Lt, RCNR (seniority 15 Aug 1942) (Navy List Sep 1942)

HMCS SUDBURY - Appointed to Sudbury 04 May 1943 as a Lt, RCNR, CO (Navy List Oct 1943).  2nd CO. Served as CO 04 May 1943 - 09 Jan 1944 (Macpherson-Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

RCN BARRACKS HALIFAX - Appointed to RCN Barracks Halifax as a Lt, RCNR, Add'l, For Disposal or Under Training (Navy List Feb 1944)

HMCS MAYFLOWER - Appointed to Mayflower 03 Mar 1944 as a Lt, RCNR, CO (Navy List Jul 1944). 3rd CO. Served as CO 03 Mar 1944 - 13 May 1945 (Macpherson-Burgess - Ship's of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981)

* Demobilized 05 Sep 1945

* Retired List as a Lt, RCN(R) (seniority 15 Aug 1941) (Navy List Apr 1946)

HMCS BRUNSWICKER (retired list) - as a LCdr, RCN(R) (seniority 15 Aug 1949) (Navy List Jul 1952). Last noted in the Navy List for Jan 1960 as a LCdr, RCN(R), retired list.




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