Egypt Medal Pair and Great War Memorial Plaque. Egypt Medal 1882-89 with Suakin 1885 Clasp and Khedive’s Star with Great War Memorial Plaque.
Egypt Medal with Suakin 1885 Clasp is named to 1291 PTE. E. SALTER 1 / E. SURR. R.
Khedive’s Star unnamed as issued.
Memorial Plaque named to CHARLES EDWARD SALTER
Charles Edward Salter was born in Neithrop, Banbury, Oxfordshire in July 1860 to William (1833 to 1877) and Rebecca (nee Derry) Salter
He is recorded on the 1861 Census as Charles aged 1 year, to William and Rebecca and they show as living in Old Windsor Street, Neithrop. The 1871 Census reveals that he is aged 11 years and is recorded as Edward with Rebecca as mother who is now a widow and a pauper.
He attested into the East Surrey Regiment, Service number 1291 Private. He is confirmed as being born in Neithrop. He was an 18 year old labourer when he attested 26th July 1878. He married Eliza Annie Teale in 1889.
His service papers confirm his service in Egypt and his award of the Egypt Medal and Khedive’s Star.
At the outbreak of the Great War he re-enlisted, 16th September 1914, into his old Regiment, the East Surrey Regiment. Papers confirm his service number as 762. He was 54 years old, born Neithrop, Oxon. He served only 50 days before being classified “unlikely to become an efficient soldier” dated 4th November 1914. On these papers he is confirmed as married to Eliza Annie Teal with a daughter Eliza Annie. Their address is recorded as 61 Dudley Road, Southall, Middlesex.
Having been rejected by the East Surreys he is next seen as Private 20348 7th Bn London Regiment, The Shiny Seventh. He died in Homerton Hospital and his wife is confirmed as Eliza A. He was obviously an unwell man determined to serve in the First World War. He died, though, 22nd November 1915. He is Remembered with Honour at Southall (Havelock) Cemetery, Middlesex and is Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. He was 55 years of age when he died.
He was awarded this Memorial Plaque but was not awarded and service medals.
It is of note that Charles Edward Salter and Eliza Annie Salter’s son, William Edward Salter was Killed in Action serving with the 1st 8th Middlesex Regiment, 16th August 1917. His address is given, in line with other family records as 61 Dudley Road, Southall, Middlesex, son of Eliza and Charles Edward.
The medals came to us from a direct descendant of Charles Edward Salter. The medals have a heavy patina, the Khedive’s Star has no ribbon. The medals have obviously been well worn as can be seen by the usual knock damage to the Star and the naming on the Egypt Medal as can be seen in the attached images. There is also a ribbon bar included.
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