John or 'Jack' as he was known was born at Broadmeadows, Tamahere, in 1887, the son of John and Elizabeth Martyn of Princess Street, Cambridge. After schooling Jack became a labourer. He had married Elsie, nee Vosper two years prior to being called up and they had a daughter Gwendoline. Jack volunteered early in the war but was not called up until much later.He was with the 14th Reinforcements for the Auckland Regiment and went into camp at Trentham on 7 March 1916. He died on the 27th of May, 1916, at the Featherston Military Camp. His training was practically finished, when he contracted measles, from which he was rapidly recovering when meningitis ensued, proving fatal in a very short time. Jack died of cerebro spinal meningitis. He was 29 years old. It is said that the Waikato Hunt abandoned its meet that day - Jack was very well known and respected in the district. His body was brought by train to Bruntwood and buried at St Stephens Church, Tamahere.