Shanghai vs Tientsin
The fifth rugby interport fixture played in Shanghai on 8 February 1913
Shanghai won by 11 – 6
(back row) ? A S Campbell
(middle row) ? ? ? P Lambe ? F M Neild ? G A Turner
(front row) C W O Mayne ? ? H Martin ? ?
Not identified: L G Westcott, A M Cobbett, R L Bolton, H E Muriel, A O Beckett, J E Law, L S Greenhill, K Cousins and A G Nugent
Martin's biography from the 1927 edition of China's Who's Who
Hugh Martin gained five caps for Scotland between 1908 and 1909 scoring one try against Ireland in 1908. He was a talented player and was described as a lively school three quarter that could quickly slip through even an international defence. He formed one of the best three quarter partnerships of his generation with K G McCleod, (in April McCleod 1937 visited Shanghai and met up with his old rugby friend.)
Born in Edinburgh 9 April 1888 Hugh Martin first played for Shanghai in December 1910. He played many times for Shanghai before the War including three interport fixtures. He was captain of the Club in the 1913 – 1914 season.
Martin served almost throughout the whole of the First World War. He left Shanghai on the first official contingent back to Europe in September 1914.
He had a narrow escape one year later. He was sleeping in a ruined cottage and was woken by shells bursting nearby. Eventually two came through the remnants of the roof, bringing tiles down, one of which hit him on the head. He woke to find he was uninjured apart from some scratches on the hand. He added the next day ‘I asked my servant for a clean shirt – I really do possess two – he brought it to me with six holes in it and bits of shell sticking to it’. He concluded ‘I won’t be sorry when the war is over, but will go on until the Hun is down and out.'
By Christmas 1915 he had already fought through Neuve Chappelle, Festubert, Richbourg, Givenchy and Loos.
After the War, he continued to worked in Shanghai as an auctioneer for Noel, Murray & Co and was very actively involved in the SVC and the Mi Ho Long Company of the Fire Brigade.
He remained actively involved with the Rugby Club acting as a Vice President from 1922 until 1938. He died in England on 6 January 1970 aged 81.
Martin Photographed in 1938
Hugh Martin (1888 - 1970)