Alfred Martin (Indian Army officer)

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Sir Alfred Martin
Born 30 March 1853
Died 27 October 1926 (1926-10-28) (aged 73)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 1874-1912
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Bn 5th Gurkha Rifles
2nd (Rawalpindi) Division
Battles/wars Second Anglo-Afghan War
Tirah Campaign
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant-General Sir Alfred Robert Martin KCB (30 March 1853[1] – 27 October 1926[2]) was a British officer in the Indian Army.

Military career[edit]

Martin joined the 13th Regiment of Foot as a lieutenant on 2 December 1874.[3] He transferred to Bengal Staff Corps in 1877 and took part in the Jowahi-Afreedees expedition in 1877 and fought at the Battle of Kandahar in September 1880 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War.[3] Promoted to captain on 2 December 1885, he was commanding officer of 1st Battalion 5th Gurkha Rifles for the Miranzai expedition in 1891, received the brevet rank of major on 1 September 1891, and became Assistant Adjutant General, Punjab in 1892.[3] He then took part in various expeditions on the North West Frontier of India in the 1890s,[3] received the substantive rank of major on 2 December 1894, and the brevet rank of lieutenant-colonel on 28 August 1895.[4] He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for the Tirah Campaign in 1897 and then became Deputy Adjutant General, India in 1899, with the rank of colonel.[3] Promoted to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel on 2 December 1900, he was in March 1902 appointed Deputy Adjutant General, Bengal, with the temporary rank of brigadier-general.[5] He went on to be a Brigade Commander in India in 1904, Adjutant-General, India in 1906 and General Officer Commanding 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division in 1908 before retiring in September 1912.[6]

He was Colonel of the 5th Gurkha Rifles from 28 June 1921 up to his death.[7]


  1. ^ January 1924 Indian Army List supplement
  2. ^ Officer Casualties of the Indian Army 1803-1946 by A. J. Farrington
  3. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  4. ^ Hart´s Army list, 1903
  5. ^ "No. 27456". The London Gazette. 22 July 1902. p. 4673. 
  6. ^ "No. 28654". The London Gazette. 18 October 1912. p. 7690. 
  7. ^ Indian Army List April 1923
Military offices
Preceded by
Beauchamp Duff
Adjutant-General, India
Succeeded by
Robert Scallon