Martin Cole was a Lieutenant during most of his career but received the rank of Commander on retirement. He did however command a fast schooner chasing slave traders in the Caribbean and would have been Captain in that role. He served in much larger ships in the Napoleonic Wars in the Baltic, off the coast of France and in South & North America.
Martin's ancestors came from Northamptonshire and one of them is said to be buried in the floor of Peterborough Cathedral. His father Charles was an Architect, Timber Merchant and Government Surveyor in London.