Private John Salmon  Service number D/18880 norfolk-yeomanry

Regiment Norfolk Yeomanry

Date of birth 4th quarter 1881

Date of death 18th February 1919

Age at death 39 years


His Story

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. 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.

On 15th April 1906 at St. Peter’s church in Stepney John was married to Violet Frances Amelia Batson,  22.

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.

John Salmon died on 18th February 1919 at Ballinasloe Workhouse Infirmary, Co. Galway of influenza    His widow Violet was paid £7.3s.1d. on 30th May 1919 which included a War Gratuity of £6.15s.