John Salt died 100 years ago today

Despite the war especially on the western front over men were still dying as a result of it and of course the great flu pandemic that was sweeping the world.

John Salt was one man who survived the war but died a week later of influenza.

His story is an interesting one – he appears twice on the 1911 census, having a family in the Potteries and his parents on Kingsley Moor.

He joined up at the start of the war but was demobbed as not likely to make an effective soldier but at a later stage joined the Leicestershire Regiment. After the war, his old unit wrote to his father asking his whereabouts only to be told he had died serving another regiment.

To add confusion his name was recorded as SALIT on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and was only corrected during the last few years.

His story can be found HERE 

We do not as of yet have a picture of him – it would be very fitting if on this the centenary of his death that we could source one.