John Henry Savage was born in Nottingham, on 4 Feb 1880 to Henry & Louisa Savage (nee Selby).
John Henry was the oldest of four known children of Henry & Louisa.
Alfred Savage, born in 1883.
Arthur Savage, born in 1889.
Albert Edward Savage, born in 1901.
John Henry was involved in a big family row around 1895. He was a fence for some of Henry Savage’s (1825) more minor shady dealings. It seems that money was the cause of the row. They were Framework Knitters (FWK’s) and not very well paid, usually paid by piecework. The Moore family (whom Henry would marry into) moved from a small house on Allport St in Nottingham, to Julian Road in West Bridgford. The area was beyond their means, and it was wondered where the money had come from. John Henry would eventually end up living with his Scott relatives (Emma Scott’s family).
John Henry joined 1st Derbyshires Regiment in the early 1900’s, then he immigrated to Canada on 17 Dec 1909, sailing from Liverpool to Nova Scotia. He gave his previous address as Vancouver BC and went to Canada as a returning Canadian, likely to avoid paperwork. Elizabeth Moore would follow in May of 1911, they had their first daughter, Grace on 24 Jun 1912 and married in Winnipeg on 2 Jul 1912.
On 23 Sept 1914, John Henry Savage enlists in the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in World War 1.
It seems that he got into a little trouble while in the service, mostly for drinking.
The best I can read from his military records is that he went on Furlough 9 May 1918 back to Canada, and never returns to the front.
My Grandad was born on June 1919 and in May of 1920, John Henry puts his wife and 3 children on a ship back to England, and told he never wants to see them again (as the story goes).
From here, he vanishes for 20 years. I can find no record of him anywhere, but then he shows up in Los Angeles, living in the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. Two years later, he’s living in an apartment, or some other home, on Skid Row when he submits his Draft Card for World War 2.
I have not found naturalization paperwork, although he states he’s a US Citizen now. Due to his military desertion, likely would not have been able to file for citizenship, although I’m not sure.
John Henry Savage died on 13 Oct 1957 in Seattle, Washington. His death certificate states he’d lived in Seattle for 14 years, putting that the year after his WW2 Draft Registration.
He died at the Pederson Nursing Home on 414 Tenth Avenue.
His remains went unclaimed for 6 1/2 years. His cremains were buried in an unmarked community grave at the Everegreen-Washelli Memorial Park on 7 Apr 1964.