Major T S Martin FRSA.

A bit of a mystery

By Nigel Dernley

I have found an etching of the market cross by Major T S Martin FRSA.

It is labelled as no.12 in a series of 100 and signed on the back by T Martin.

I can't find out much about him, except that he was an art teacher at Queen Elizabeths boys school, went on strike, while he was mayor of Mansfield.  I assume my father, Sid Dernley, met him via the Conservative club, of which they were both members.  He lived on Chesterfield Road

Does anyone know any more?

Nigel Dernley

This page was added on 19/02/2014.
Comments about this page

Major Martin was actually woodwork teacher at QE . He was also a fanatical stamp collector and could quite easily be distracted during lesson to talk about stamps instead of making lamp stands or little boxes !!

By Andrew Henshaw
On 21/02/2014

Major Martin was Mayor of Mansfield in 1969. There is an interesting article on him in the book 'Mansfield 1891- 1989 Our Mayors, Chairmen, MPs, their descendants and other local leaders.' He was a founder member of both the Mansfield Society of Artists and the Mansfield Philatelic Society. He was President of the Old Mansfield Society and the Mansfield Sherwood Forester's Association among many other positions he held in the town.

By Liz Weston
On 24/02/2014

I remember him teaching me woodwork at QUEGS (66-68 ish), not very successfully - but that was my fault! I also remember the stamps. A bit eccentric, but seemed like a decent bloke.

By Garry Marsh
On 07/02/2015

He was in deed Art and Wood and Metal work teacher. He told me I was useless in his subjects. I believed him until two years ago.

By Gerald Wilkinson
On 28/04/2015

One of my most enduring memories of Timother Stuart Martin, our woodwork teacher, was the early afternoon when I was a Shellite ( 1st. year ). The lesson was Religious Education and Cecil George Eyres, the RI teacher, was off work ill, so Tim took us instead. He started the lesson with ' Open your Bibles at page whatever and start reading quietly'. After 2 minutes of silence and boredom he asked 'Anyone want to buy any stamps?'. The atmosphere changed immediately for us 11 year olds. A little bit later, he pointed at me and said 'Ward, come here. I want you to go into town for me and take these 2 cheques for the Old Boys association to the National Westminster Bank'. I took the cheques obediently and headed for the door. Again he called me ' ......and Ward, after that, go home'. I couldn't believe my luck. It wasn't yet 2 in the afternoon and as a result of this got out of 2 lessons which I wasn't particularly fond of. Happy days.

By Allan Ward
On 22/07/2015

I was a pupil at QE school for boys between 1966 and 1973 ( Robert Cooper then). I liked Tim Martin, he was my first form teacher and he taught me handicrafts. He always seemed relaxed and friendly enough! There was art on display in the woodwork room from time to time, he was enthusiastic and quite a talented artist himself I believe; I do not think he taught me art but he helped me appreciate it. I remember when he became mayor and he wanted the school to give us the day off. Some compromise was found, a bank holiday made mayor's day perhaps? But he was a spirited chap who would " go his own way"....at times.

By Robert Ede Cooper
On 20/08/2016

I was at QEGS 1940 to 47.  I did woodwork with Tim for a couple of years and Art for the whole time.  All he ever taught was construction of Gill Sans lettering, otherwise it was just a matter of drawing things and having them marked.

He was a Major in the Home Guard (never in the army) and would sometimes take us down to clean rifles etc.

Immediately postwar he, together with his lovely wife and Mr Redding, took a party of us to Paris in a heatwave (some of us swam in the Seine which was filthy).

My uncle (only 11 years my senior) was also taught by him.  In those days Tim would spend the summer running 'trips on the Skylark' on his father-in-law's boat at Skegness (or one of the other east coast resorts).

By RM Renshaw
On 24/10/2016

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