Statement on behalf of the family of Sapper James Martin
2 September 2012
Defence releases the following statement on behalf of the family of Sapper James Martin
James was a very loving son, brother and grandson, who even as he matured remained very affectionate to those he loved. He was a fantastic big brother and role model to Angus, whom he took to from birth and spent much time together with as they were growing up. He had a witty sense of humour and a great sense of fun.
James took pleasure in playing the guitar, he liked to read books regularly and was also an avid gamer. He enjoyed playing cricket growing up and liked to watch a game of AFL with friends or family.
He was very thoughtful, caring and considerate of others. This really showed when selecting gifts for family members on special occasions. James always seemed to be able to choose something perfect, even if it was something totally unexpected by the recipient at the time. The family’s bookshelves are peppered with books gifted by James; and Holly’s iPod filled with music selected by him.
James was a great communicator and he used every opportunity to transfer new skills and facts on to his family and friends. He never shied away from an intellectual discussion and when opinions were in conflict, he ended up being right most of the time. But he made you like him in the process.
Once James had made his decision to enlist in the Army as a Combat Engineer, he remained very determined and focused on this goal. He researched his new job and the training required meticulously, raising his level of fitness whilst waiting to attend basic training. In his first letter home from Kapooka, when some of his section mates were homesick and discussing pulling out of the training, James wrote to his family, saying “I would not give up this opportunity for anything” and that “I will be an Australian Soldier”.
James was a wonderful person and he will be sorely missed by his family and anyone who knew him.
We would like to thank everyone who has and will provide support to our family during this difficult time. We will not be making any further comment and request the media respect our wish for privacy.
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