Old friends meet again

While on leave in December 1918, Martin returned home to see his old friend Charlie McTaggart. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander, Martin was looking forward to a long peacetime career at sea but Charlie had no similar ambition to remain in the forces. Despite their different lives the two men remained close friends until Martin died when his ship HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed and sank by a German U-boat while anchored in Scapa Flow on 14 October 1939.