Alexander William Martin was born in Deptford in 1860, the son of Alexander Martin and Anne Wilkinson of Aldgate, London.  Alexander Sr had originated from Scotland but had moved south when the couple married in 1857.

It was a middle class Victorian family with his father Alexander working as a Colonial Merchant’s clerk, the family living at Victoria Terrace, St Donatts Road, Deptford. 

By 1881, Alexander William had left home and his father and mother had moved to Wales and during his parents sojourn in Wales, Alexander William boarded out at 1 Harvard   Road, Lewisham, working as a Merchant’s clerk.

Alexander Jr married his cousin Edith née Wilkinson in 1892 and by 1901 the family were living at 61 Lewisham Hill, Blackheath. Living within the Martin household in 1901 was Alexander’s maiden sister, Ellen (living off her own means), and four servants, a cook, a housemaid and two nurses to care for their younger children Reginald, aged four years, and Edith aged eight months.  They had an elder daughter Nancy Winifred who had been sent to the south coast for he health.

Alexander became a Stockbroker, employing two people at 27 Old Broad Street, London

He was initiated into the Lodge in November 1915 at the same meeting as Heriot.

Alexander died on 5 April 1929 at the Empire Nursing Home, Vincent Square, Westminster, aged sixty-eight. His last address was Woodcote, Sanderstead. He was buried in the churchyard at All Saint’s church, Sanderstead on 9 April 1929. 

Family History Source: Felbridge & District History Group