Martin was a Private with the 4th Battalion King’s Liverpool Regiment. This was an Extra Reserve Battalion with Barracks in Seaforth, Liverpool. It is not known when Martin was conscripted.
In early 1916 the Battalion were transferred to the 98th Brigade, 33rd Division, Martin may have seen action in the Battle of Albert and the Battle of Bazentin, both of which were phases in the Battle of the Somme.
Little is known about Martin’s war service. Martin was killed in action on 18th June 1916. He was 32 years old.
Martin is buried in Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.
His younger brother Malachy was married to Anne and they had one son. Little is known about Malachy’s war service, including the Regiment he served with.
Martin and Malachy are brothers to Jane, whose son, Martin Edwards, volunteered to serve, not conscripted like his older uncles.
Mrs Marie McDonough feels that her grandmother Jane Edwards made a tremendous contribution to the First World War: “I think she deserved a medal … her only son Martin Edwards, her brother Malachy Dooley, her brother Marton Dooley, and the two brother’s wives were windows till they died. All tragedies of the First World War.”