Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Arthur James SALMONS

Lance Corporal 56803

18th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers

Killed in action 31st October 1918 aged 19

Born in 1899 in Wareside, in the 1911census he lived with parents Arthur and Rebecca, together with 4 brothers and 4 sisters at Wheelers Common, Stanstead Abbotts. His father was a farm horseman and Arthur junior was a farm labourer.

He joined the 18th Battalion Lancashire fusiliers, one of the so called Bantam battalions comprising men who were under regulation size but otherwise fit for duty, many of them ex miners.  It is likely that Arthur joined in 1917 at the age of 18, during that year they fought at Passchendaele and Aulthuirst Forest and in 1918 at Bapaume. In October 1918 British, French and Belgian troops attacked German positions around the city of Courtrai, this was the start of a very successful Allied assault and in the next two weeks they advanced a total of 45 miles until they reached the Dutch border.  Arthur’s unit was then involved in the final advance against the enemy, during which he was killed, while his unit were fighting around the Belgian town of Tieghem.

He is buried in Vichte Military Cemetery.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal