1919 to 1920 – Francis Paxton Martin begins as the supervisor of the Maria Creek soldier settlement, later naming the town El Arish.
Francis Paxton MARTIN was born in Melbourne in August 1883. He enlisted on the 17th August 1915. He served in Egypt in the 6th and 2nd Light Horse divisions and rose to the rank of Lance Corporal, returning to Australia in January 1917. He received the following Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal. He died at the age of 75 in 1958 and is buried in Cairns, North Queensland.
Frank Martin’s original office, which later became the El Arish Post Office and then a private home until its destruction by Cyclone Yasi in 2011. I can imagine Frank Martin walking down to work in the mornings past the school.
2015 – April 25th, Anzac Day. We had an extraordinary attendance for the centenary of Anzac, about three hundred people, and the Dawn Parade and breakfast were both very special social occasions. David Martin, son of Francis Paxton Martin from Wodonga came along with his brothers and sisters. He made a wonderful speech and framed presentation to the committee of a copy of his father’s medals and memorabilia.