Ian Martin – St Athan and Kinloss – RIP

Ian Martin

It is with great sadness we have to announce the passing of another Troop, Ian Martin who served as Team Leader with the teams at St Athan 1957 to 1958 and Kinloss from 1958 to 1961.

Ian emigrated to New Zealand shortly after he left the RAF.  He was 86.

As more information becomes available this post will be updated.



3 thoughts on “Ian Martin – St Athan and Kinloss – RIP

  1. For Peter Hancock,

    Hi Peter,
    I live in Palmerston North.
    I served on the Stafford MRT in the mid-80’s

    Would be happy to connect.
    I get to the South Island every couple of months for work.

    Baz Woodcock, bazwoodcock@gmail.com

  2. The following was received from Peter Hancock

    Hi Jim
    Thank you for relaying the sad news on passing of Ian Martin.
    I bumped into Ian about six-seven years ago when he was a volunteer greeter at Auckland Airport having retired as an engine maintenance engineer for Air New Zealand, a position he held since leaving the RAF to emigrate to New Zealand. I was a member of the Valley MRT when Ian was Deputy Leader under Johny Lees. He was delighted to discover an ex Valley MRT member living in NZ and I managed to exchange messages with him through his daughter as first his wife and then Ian underwent the inevitable challenges of ageing.
    I live in Nelson, NZ and I would be delighted to hear of any any ex MRT members living in NZ

    With best wishes

    Peter Hancock (RAF Valley MRT 55-57 – still managing to top a few of the 14 or a Monroe on biennual visits to North Wales and Scotland.

  3. I first met Ian Martin at Easter, 1958. He was i/c St Athan and brought the team up for collaboration weekend with the Valley team. I remember climbing at the Moelwyns with a St Athens lad as my second. Ian also came to at least one of the early ‘ Valley 1950 – 1960’ reunions. I believe he was on a visit to the U.K. from NZ. I have a photograph of those present taken at a hotel in Bakewell in the early 80s( or was it earlier? I need to check). Ian is there with JRL and many other old mates. These reunions continued until 5 years ago. They were discontinued because there were too few of us still standing. Ian and JRL were close friends.
    Ian Cartledge

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