Salmon, Russell


He was the eldest of three Wykehamist brothers, sons of the Reverend Thomas Salmon (C 1887-1892), Rector of North Stoneham, in his day a significant player of Old Wykehamist football. His mother was Isabel Salmon, of Shepherd’s Compton, Oliver’s Battery, Winchester, the daughter of Rear-Admiral the Hon. Algernon Charles Littleton. The other brothers were Frank Robert Salmon (C 1923-1929) and Thomas David Salmon (C 1930-1935).

Russell Salmon came to Winchester from Twyford, was in the soccer XI in 1925 and 1926, and became Senior Prefect of his house. He went with an Exhibition to Christ Church, Oxford, and took a Second in Modern History in 1929.  He then went into the Sudan Political Service.    In 1930 he became an Assistant District Commissioner, and in 1932 was assigned to the Beja District of the Kassala Province. He then served as Commandant of the Police School in Omdurman (Khartoum).

On the outbreak of war he was attached to the Sudan Defence Force and as a Political Officer with a brigade headquarters, he was present at the battle of Keren in March 1941 and at the capture of Massawa. Afterwards he was temporarily a member of the Occupied Enemy Territory Administration with the rank of Major. While in charge of the Barentu district of Eritrea he died suddenly in hospital at Asmara from meningitis following an operation on September 27th 1941. He was thirty-four years old.  Salmon is buried in grave 3.E.1 of the Asmara War Cemetery.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Salmon
  • Forenames or initials: Russell
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1921-1926
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: General List, Occupied Enemy Territory Administration
  • Date of Birth: 6th March 1907
  • Date of Death: 27th September 1941
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Asmara War Cemetery: Grave 3.E.1