A member of the Dundalk Battalion in the Louth Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, Frank Martin was part of a group of Louth Volunteers who travelled to Dublin upon the outbreak of the Easter Rising. The group seized arms, ammunition, and motor cars and were involved in the shooting of RIC constable Charles McGee in Castlebellingham. They travelled to Tyrrelstown House in Dublin which they occupied before dispersing at the end of the week. Martin was arrested and sentenced to death, though this sentence was commuted and he was interned in Dartmoor, Lewes, and Pentonville prisons until June 1917. He rejoined the Volunteer movement upon his release and took part in a number of operations in Louth during the War of Independence. He was twice imprisoned in this period, participating in a hunger strike in Belfast jail on the former occasion.
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