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10287 Corporal William John Salway


Devonshire Regiment

1st July 1916


Born in Rotherham,Yorkshire in 1891.

His parents were Samuel Salway(1857-1925) and

Selina Chapple(1857-1928). They married in 1882. 

William had 2 brothers;George Samuel(born in 1888) and Roland(born in 1894).He also had 2 sisters;

Margaret Mary(born in 1881) and Mabel Baccup(born in 1885).

In the 1894 West Yorkshire Electoral Register,the family were recorded as living at 122 Kimberworth,Rotherham, Yorkshire.

By the time of the 1901 census,the family had moved to

150 Kimberworth, Rotherham. Williams' father was employed as a carter on a farm.

The next 3 years were not good for Williams father Samuel as on 15/10/1901 he served 21 days in prison after being found guilty of 2 cases of debt.

Just under 3 years later he served another 14 days in prison on 15/08/1904 after being found guilty of 4 cases of debt.

On 12/12/1904, Samuel was given the choice to  serve 7 days labour in HMP  Wakefield or pay a fine of 15s 6d for neglecting to send a child to school.


All this trouble may have contributed to the the family moving back to their original home in Devon

as in the 1911 census William was recorded as working as a cowman on Worthill Farm ,Wambrook near Chard

in Devon.

William enlisted in Exeter and his date of disembarkation into France was on 25/07/1915.

He was killed in action on 01/07/1916.

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star,

the 1914-1918 British War and Allied Victory medals.


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