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SALMON, Col Harold Morrey (1892-1985)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Salmon, H M
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: SALMON, Col Harold Morrey (1892-1985)
Date(s): 1928-1981
Level of description: Collection level (Fonds)
Extent: 6 boxes (0.06 cubic metres)
Name of creator(s): Salmon | Harold Morrey | 1892-1985 | Colonel


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1892; Pte, 7 (Cyclist) Bn, Welch Regt, 1908; Sgt, 1914; 2 Lt, Special Reserve, 1915; 16 Bn (Cardiff City), Welch Regt; served in France, Somme, Ypres, 1915-1916; MC, 1917; Company Commander, 1 (Service) Bn, 1918; Reserve of Officers, demobilised, 1919; Recalled to duty, Capt, Maj, Home/Service Bn, Welch Regt, 1939; Seconded to RAF, Lt Col, OC RAF Regiment Units, Operation TORCH, 1942; Commander RAF Regt (CRAFR) Mediterranean theatre, 1942-1945, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia; OBE, CBE, 1945; demobilised, 1945; Chairman of Welch Regt Officers Association, 1950-?; Treasurer, National Museum of Wales, 1963-82; Noted ornithologist, Gold Medal of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), 1971; Died 1985.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his life and career 1928-1981, including correspondence, (letters, reports, memoranda, training programmes, photographs and maps) relating to the Allied invasions of North Africa and Sicily (Operation TORCH and Operation HUSKY), 1942-43; correspondence between Salmon and the Air Ministry relating to the daily running of RAF Regt units under his command in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia, 1942-1945; correspondence with Maj Gen Claude Liardet, Commandant of RAF Regt, 1942-1945; Salmon's retrospective war diaries (2 vols.) detailing RAF Regt unit operations in Mediterranean theatre, 1942-1945; maps of North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Greece and Yugoslavia, 1928-1944; photographs of RAF Regt units in Greece, North Africa and Italy, 1942-1945; papers relating to `Ground-Air Landmark' (GAL) operations conducted by RAF Regt, 1944-1945.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
Mainly English, one document in French

System of arrangement:

Broadly chronological

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of a letter of introduction.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archives and Corporate Records Services.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's Reading Room

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in centre by family in 2002 and 2003 via Mr Kingsley Oliver.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The Welch Regiment Museum, Cardiff Castle (GB 0875), holds Salmon's photographs of Welch Regiment's advance, Battle of Pilckem Ridge, 1917, catalogued and captioned by Salmon. Also aerial reconnaissance photographs of the battlefield.

Publication note:

Papers have been used by Kingsley Oliver for his book, The RAF Regiment at War: 1942 - 1946. London: Leo Cooper, 2002.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by James Pugh, March 2004

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD (G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
March 2004

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