William Salter was the eldest of four sons born to John Charles Salter and his wife Annie. John Charles had originated from Bath and his wife from London but it would seem that in 1901 the family were all living at Wood Hill Lodge with William's father and a younger brother John employed as gardeners, with the younger Frank and Percy still at school. William himself aged 18 was employed as a painter and decorator by G. A. George of Oswestry.
William Salter married Mary Jane Davies from nr Shrewsbury in 1906 and by 1911 they were living in Albert Rd, Oswestry with 2 children. William was still employed as a painter decorator.
William Salter enlisted in Shrewsbury into Special Reserve on or around the 24th August 1914.
He joined the 5th Battalion Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. A war-raised Service Battalion, formed in Shrewsbury in August 1914 under Lt. Col. H. M. Smith, from the mass of enthusiastic volunteers coming forward to enlist. Posted to the 42nd Brigade, 14th Division. After training around Aldershot, it landed at Boulogne on 20th May 1915, first coming under fire at Ypres on 31st May 1915, and then served entirely on the Western Front.
Lance Corporal William Salter
6944 Kings Shropshire Light Infantry
was killed in action on the 25th September 1915 and is remembered with honour on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
The Menin Gate bears the names of 546 soldiers from the different Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Battalions.