Salmon, John Robert Albert. Died 7th Oct 1916

John Robert Albert Salmon was born 1897 in Rugby Warwickshire and he was baptised on 26th March 1897 at St. Andrew Church Rugby his parents were George Henry Salmon and Harriet nee Smith who were married in Rugby in 1892.

In 1901 UK Census John R A Salmon was age 4 and living Temple Street Rugby with parents and 2 siblings, his father George was a carpenter.

By 1911 UK census his name was written as Robert Salmon aged 14 living 45 Lower Hillmorton Road Rugby with parents and 2 siblings, Reginald age 17 Apprentice Electrical draughtsman at BTH and his sister Edith aged 16 and her occupation was forming electrical lamp filaments at BTH, it also told us his parents had been married for 18 years and that they have had 3 children all alive and they live in 5 rooms. His father George Salmon was a carpenter.

His father George Henry Salmon was born the end of 1867 in New Bilton Rugby he was the son of John R Salmon born 1840 and Sarah nee Loomes who was born 1839 in New Bilton, John R Salmon’s birth was registered as Robert John Albert Salmon in 1840 Q4 Rugby, they married in 1862 in Rugby.

John Robert Salmon “joined up” 7th September 1914 his Short Service Attestation tells us that he was 19 years old, when he was actually 17 years old, his trade was joiners apprentice at Foster & Dicken [Dicksee] Ltd., his regimental number was S1578 in the 12th Battalion Rifle Brigade it also tells us he was 5ft 5.3/8 inches tall and his weight was 116 lbs chest measurement was 34 inches with a range of expansion of 2.1/2 inches his eyes were light blue with dark brown hair he was C of E.

He was posted to France on 21st Jul 1915 and on 4th August 1916 was wounded in action and it is noted that on 15th August 1916 he remained on duty. On 7th October 1916 was missing and was recorded as having died on that date.

Medical record says inoculated October 1914 and in February 1915 he was vaccinated.

15th November 1917 Effects – Form 118A from the War Office in London SW7 gives us details of his personal property as “no effects” to his father Mr George Henry Salmon of 17 Lower Hillmorton Road Rugby. Signed by C Harris Assistant Financial Secretary.

Between 20th -27th March 1919, H Salmon (presumed this to be his mother Harriett Salmon) signed for his 15 Star Medal.

17th February 1921 his father Mr G H Salmon signed for his British War Medal

In Aug 1921 H Salmon (again presumed to be his mother Harriett) signed for his Victory Medal.

John Roberts Military History Sheet gives his next of kin as his mother Harriet Salmon his father’s name George Henry Salmon is crossed out, presumably this was crossed out after his father died in 1930

Army Form W.5080 dated 29 May 1919 Statement of names and addresses of all the relatives of the above named deceased S1578 Rifleman John Robert Salmon, it says not married and didn’t have any children, it gives his fathers name as G H Salmon and his mother as H Salmon it says full blood brother R G Salmon age 25 born 1894 it gives full blood sister as Edith May Salmon age 24 born 1895 all living 17 Lower Hillmorton Road Rugby.

His father George Henry Salmon died 1st July 1930 in Rugby and his probate tells us he was living at 17 Lower Hillmorton Road Rugby his effects of £515.   13s.   11d     he left to William Thomas Kettle grocers manager who was born in 1898 in Rugby. George Henry Salmon is buried in Clifton Road Cemetery Rugby

His mother Harriett Salmon nee Smith born Kilsby on 29 March 1870 and in the 1939 register she was a widow living 17 Hillmorton Road Rugby, Harriett’s death was 15th August 1949 at The Hospital of St. Cross Rugby; her probate shows her effects of   £915.   14s.   4d     she left to her eldest Son Reginald George Salmon engineering draughtsman. Harriett s buried in Clifton Road Cemetery with her husband George Henry Salmon

His brother Reginald George Salmon married Dorothy Ivy Dale in 1922 in Rugby.

His sister Edith May Salmon married Fred Rhodes in 1918 in Rugby. Edith May Rhodes died 18th February 1971 age 76 and is buried with her parents George Henry and Minnie Salmon in Clifton Road Cemetery Rugby.

Rachel Andrews
28th Sep 2016



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