Ted Martin was born in Dovercourt. He worked as a pupil teacher in a local school before training as a teacher at St John’s College Battersea. He joined North Primary School in 1907.
After the war he shared his experiences in the trenches as a lieutenant with the Royal Garrison Artillery with school pupils at North School. Former pupils remember that he taught science, football and cricket, and was so proud of Ronald Rose winning the 100 yards race in a later 1920s interschool sports day that he took his photo. By 1939 he had left North and became a Headteacher. In 1940, Mr Chisnell records in the school log book that Ted Martin, aged 56 has been called up to the Royal Air Force to serve in the Second World War. He died in 1960.