Private John Salmon Service number D/18880
Regiment Norfolk Yeomanry
Date of birth c 1881
Date of death 18th February 1919
Age at death 39 years
SALMON, John. c. 1881 – 18.2.1919
He was born in Stepney the son of John and Sarah Salmon. In 1891 the family are at 69 Silver Street, M.E.O.T. The father John is a 40 year old horse keeper/groom born at West Wratting in Cambridgeshire while his wife Sarah is 38, a native of Devizes in Wiltshire. They have 6 daughters and 2 sons. By 1901 John’s mother is a widowed 49 year old working from home as a laundress at 36 Halley Street, Stepney. Only 4 of her children are still at home – John 16 is a butcher’s boy, Thomas is 13 whilst Sarah 14 works making Gents’ caps. Sharing the house is her eldest daughter Minnie, 26 with her husband John Harris, a 30 year old fish porter and their 2 young sons.
On 15th April 1906 at St. Peter’s church in Stepney John, a 24 year old butcher of 47 King Street, the son of John, deceased was married to Violet Frances Amelia Batson, 22, the daughter of Thomas William Batson, a cooper. She gave the same address as her bridegroom and the witnesses were T. W. Batson and Lillian Batson (the bride’s sister).
The 1911 census for 20 Jupp Road, Mile End, reveals Thomas Batson 51 as a tea cooper and general labourer born in the parish of St. Matthias, Bethnal Green. Wife Frances was born in Wickham Market, Suffolk and has been married 29 years and had 6 children but one has died; she is now employed as a trouser finisher. Her 2 daughters, both in their mid-20s are working in the leather trade whilst their 19 year old brother is a general labourer.
John and Violet Salmon had 2 young sons born before the 1911 census where they were living at 54 Shepton House, Bethnal Green. John’s was then employed as a butcher’s assistant.
He served with the 2nd/1st Norfolk Yeomanry as Private D/18880. This unit was a cyclist brigade until March 1917. They were at Woodbridge in July 1917 then in May 1918 moved to Ireland, firstly to Castlereagh in Co. Roscommon and then Gort in Co. Galway.
John Salmon died on 18th February 1919 at Ballinasloe Workhouse Infirmary, Co. Galway aged 39. The cause was Influenza 10 days and pneumonia for 2 days. His widow Violet was paid £7.3s.1d. on 30th May 1919 which included a War Gratuity of £6.15s. She never re-married.
John’s younger brother Thomas Henry, after being employed as a railway shunter, had signed up for the Royal Fusiliers at Stratford in August 1905 aged 18. He spent over 6 years in India but was transferred to the Army Reserve on 21st August 1914 as being no longer physically fit for war service after completing 9 years and 14 days.