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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Salmon, H M
SALMON, Col Harold Morrey (1892-1985)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
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.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

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.

System of arrangement

Broadly chronological

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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.

Language/scripts of material

Mainly English, one document in French

Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

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 control

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

March 2004

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  • Diaries
  • Documents
  • Information sources
  • International conflicts
  • Literary forms and genres
  • Literature
  • Military engineering
  • Military operations
  • Nonfiction
  • Operation Husky (1943)
  • Operation Torch (1942)
  • Primary documents
  • Prose
  • War
  • War diaries
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Liardet, Sir, Claude Francis, Major General
  • Salmon, Harold Morrey, 1892-1985, Colonel
  • Salmon, Harold Morrey, 1892-1985, Colonel

Corporate names

  • RAF, Royal Air Force


  • France
  • Greece
  • North Africa
  • Sicily, Italy
  • Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe

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