Thomas was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Saltmarsh and the younger brother of Frederick (Fred), who was also killed in the War (see separate entry on the database). The Saltmarshs also had a daughter called Annie. Thomas & Fred were the great uncles of Edward and Geoff Rawlinson, Shirley McGonagle (nee Kellett), Peter Kellett and Brian Kellett, who were all grandchildren of Annie, sister of Fred and Thomas.
He joined the 15th Durham Light Infantry in August 1915 & served in France. Thomas was killed in the Battle of Arras on 10th April, 1917 aged 23 & is buried In Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul.
Unit changed from 13th Bn. to 15th Bn. to agree with CWGC records