|Roll of Honour|
Oliver N. Saltmarsh
Oliver Norman Saltmarsh was born in the Maldon
registration district in 1897.
In 1901 the census shows the family at Hartford End:
The 1911 census shows the family still at Hartford End but having grown
Oliver had moved away from Hartford End by the time he enlisted and was living at Sydenham, Kent.
Oliver served as Private soldier 4055 with the 15th Battalion the London Regiment. (Prince of Wales' Own Civil Service Rifles).
He died aged 19 on 15th September 1916.
Oliver is also commemorated on the War Memorial at Ford End, and in the London Borough of Lewisham on the Sydenham and Forest Hill and District Tradesmen's memorial and also on the memorial in the Sydenham Wesleyan Hall, where the inscription is simply N. Saltmarsh.
He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial
Oliver's death was reported very simply in the Essex Weekly News Roll of Honour on 3rd November 1916:
The death of Oliver caused his parents very great grief and also anxiety over their second son Stanley:
The Essex Weekly News of 31st May 1918 includes the following item in its Roll of Honour:
Rifleman S. R. Saltmarsh, K.R.R.C. (King's Royal Rifle Corps) second son of Mr. and Mrs. Saltmarsh, of Hartford End, Chelmsford, has been missing since April 13, and his parents would welcome news. Corpl. O.N. Saltmarsh, London Regt., his elder brother, was killed in action Sept. 15, 1916.
The Essex Weekly news later carried the following item on 14th June 1918:
Formerly reported missing, the following are now known to be be prisoners of war - Rifleman S. R. Saltmarsh K.R.R.C. son of Mr. H. Saltmarsh, Hartford End.
When his Father died in 1940 and was buried at Holy Cross Church, Felsted, an inscription was added to the headstone to commemorate Oliver.