Some time ago, while looking at Recce_Mitch/Paul's 51st (H) Recce RoH, my attention was drawn to the following casualty: Serjeant HARRY SALT Mentioned in Despatches 5050828 Who died age 24 on 30 April 1943 Son of Thomas and Sarah Hannah Salt, of Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY V. G. 9. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/recce/18131-51st-15th-bn-highland-light-infantry-%5Bcity-glasgow-regt-%5D.html His date of death is later than the date of the disbandment of 51(H) Recce who also never served in Tunisia - all their other overseas casualties are concentrated in Alamein and Heliopolis war cemeteries. Many of the other Recce casualties buried at Massicault belong to 1st Recce. From 1st Recce war diary for April 1943: 28 1000 Regt finally established s per 1 Div O.O. No.2. A Sqn area at Pts 151 –-187 (682407) and (688413). RHQ dive bombed and machine gunned by 8 planes. During the morning the enemy mortars were constantly in action against C & A Sqns F.D.L.s. At approx 1600 hrs the enemy attacked with infantry supported by 10 tanks and Arty. The fire concentrated on B and C Sqns positions at Pt 212 and Pt 132 GAB GAB GAP (695424). Our vehicles suffered fairly heavily in their positions on the reverse slopes. 4 tanks including 1 Mk II over ran C Sqn at the GAP and worked their way into a ledge behind Pt 132 (6943). Our A.Tk guns were unable to engage the tanks in this position and our Arty could not clear the crest to dislodge them. 6 enemy tanks then rushed the gap and came in behind our positions and those of the IRISH GUARDS at Pts 212 and 214 (7043 and 7044). Churchill tanks engaged the enemy tanks, but were in trouble form the Mk VI established at Pt 132. The enemy had also established an Arty O.P. overlooking the valley and his fire was well concealed. ‘B’ and C Sqns were forced to withdraw to behind A Sqn and the Troop on to the right flank of the IRISH GUARDS at Pt 212. The Regt suffered heavy casualties in vehicles. Capt. L.C.Ashford maintained his position with skill and determination and continued to report enemy movement with coolness. He skillfully withdrew his patrol under cover of darkness on the order from RHQ. Sgt Salt and part of 13 Troop now in position with IRISH GUARDS were holding and drove [off] 3 enemy attempts to gain Pt 212. The enemy withdrew at 2100. 29 0400 At dawn B & C Sqns were reorganised and again the GAB GAB GAP was held. Demands for mines to be laid in the GAP were made, delay in obtaining permission was 2½ hours. This proved later the same morning. 1330 The enemy attacked again and despite the efforts of ‘C’ Sqn the gap was overrun but counter attack by tanks and assistance from A Sqn stabilised the situation. Our Troop at Pt 212 again held and broke up the enemy infantry massing in that area. 29/30 During the night the gap was mined and 17 pdr guns were finally established. 30 The enemy continued to attack Pts 212 and 214 but Arty directed by our O.P.s at Pt 187 helped to break up the attacks and assist the IRSH GUARDS. Lt R.A.Young made a gallant attempt during the night 29/30 to bring up supplies to the troop at Pt 212 but was killed 70 yards short of the position. Sgt Salt was also killed. His leadership and bravery won the highest praise from the IRISH GUARDS at Pts 212 and 214. Certain re-dispositions took place and were carried out; see 2 I.B. No 0.78; Appx J Recovery of damaged regimental vehicles was made during 29/30 despite constant Arty and Mortar fire. Two lost 6 pdr guns were also brought in. From The British Reconnaissance Corps in World War II By Richard Doherty, Rob Chapman: Although victory was now in sight there were still many determined German counter-attacks; one such occurred at Gab Gab Gap, where elements of 1 Recce fought some desperate actions. One regimental OP directed artillery fire, while Sgt Harry Salt with men of 13 Tp, alongside Irish Guardsmen, fought off three German attempts to take Point 212. Salt was killed the following day, and the Irish Guards spoke highly of his leadership and courage; many believed that his actions merited the Victoria Cross, but no award was ever made. From dbf/Diane's post on John Patrick Kenneally V.C.: THURSDAY 29TH APRIL. We fully expected a dawn attack as our prisoner was very anxious to be evacuated before dawn, but none came. It was not till 9 a.m., that the enemy came on again this time in even greater force and all along the line of the ridge from Pts 212 to 214, incl both points. 212 was now held by 11 TROOP of the RECCE CORPS, for whose conduct and courage no praise can be too high. The relieved the Bn of the expensive duty of finding the look out man on Pt 212 and on this occasion gave us the warning of the attack on the right, which came in first. The Germans on this flank were greatly discouraged by a Sgt SALT of RECCE CORPS and Cpl KENNEALLY of 1 Coy, who went forward to meet the Germans, firing their Bren Guns from the hip, with such good effect, that this part of the attack petered out and it was possible to move men from 1 Coy to strengthen the left flank, leaving the RECCE CORPS and a few good shots of No. 1 Coy to shoot down the retreating Germans. THE RECCE CORPS TROOP. This Troop, No. 11, I think, was invaluable to the Bn, and fought alongside No. 1 Coy, on Pt 212, in a way that roused the respect of the Bn. I should particularly like to draw attention to the conspicuous conduct of a Sgt SALT, whose unfailing devotion to duty, ardent zeal in shooting down Germans, meant that 212 was never in much danger. The whole of the Troop deserve, and have, our unqualified admiration and gratitude. (Sgd) D.J.L. FITZGERALD, Captain, Adjutant 1st Battalion Irish Guards. http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/brigade-guards/17665-irish-guards-1bn.html and: Brigade HQ now gave Col Scott a squadron of the 1st Reconnaissance Regiment and three companies of the North Staffordshire Regiment. With these new troops, they fortified points 151 and 187 to support the Irish Guards across the gap. At 2 o’clock, the Germans attacked through the Gabgab Gap with tanks and infantry further cutting off Hill 212. The Germans then unsuccessfully attacked Hill 212 and then Hill 187. Every attempt was made to supply Hill 212 and then Hill 187. Every attempt to supply Hill 212 had to run the gauntlet of Tiger tanks in the gap. Friday, 30th April: At dawn, two more carriers arrived with badly needed rations and ammunition. At 11:00 am, the Germans made their last and biggest attempt at the hill. The German infantry came up in exactly the same way as before, but in greater numbers and with greater persistence. We noticed a higher percentage of officers than we had ever seen with any troops - half were in front leading (these were easily picked off) and half were behind, driving on their troops (these were harder to get at). The assault on 212 was broken up by Lance-Corporal Kenneally and Sergeant Salt before it got under way. In the words of the citation awarding him the Victoria Cross: "Lance-Corporal John Patrick Kenneally repeated his remarkable exploit on the morning of the 30th April 1943, when, accompanied by a sergeant of the Reconnaissance Corps, he again charged the enemy forming up for an assault. This time he so harassed the enemy, inflicting many casualties, that this projected attack was frustrated. The enemy’s strength was again about one company. It was only when he was noticed hopping from one position to another further to the left in order to support another company (No 4), carrying his gun in one hand and leaning on a Guardsman (Cafferty) with the other, that it was discovered that he had been wounded. He refused to give up his Bren gun, claiming that he was the only one who understood that gun, and continued to fight all day with great courage, devotion to duty and disregard for his own safety . . . . His extraordinary gallantry in attacking single-handed a massed body of the enemy and breaking up an attack on two occasions was an achievement that can seldom have been equalled." from: http://home.att.net/~mick3ig/history.htm Also from Gordon Nisbet's book 'For The Duration - The Journal of a Conscript 1941-46' about his time with 1 Recce: By late afternoon, the regiment was on the move again, its destination Djebel Bou Akouaz, a hill town known in military terms as Point 212. Ferocious fighting was taking place there. In particular, depleted by numerous casualties, the 1st Irish Guards of the 24th Guards Brigade were gallantly fending off heavy enemy counterattacks by both infantry and tanks. B Squadron was given the unpleasant task of supporting the Guardsmen. Both the Irish Guards and their comrades of B Squadron held firm and their actions were later recorded in the following despatch from 24th Guards Brigade Headquarters: "The men of B Squadron who fought on Point 212 alongside Number 1 Company, 1st Irish guards, roused the respect of the Battalion. I should particularly like to draw attention to the conspicuous conduct of Sergeant Salt whose unfailing devotion to duty and ardent zeal in shooting down Germans means that Point 212 was safe. The whole conduct and fighting ability of 13 Troop deserve and have our unqualified admiration and gratitude." In the battle on Point 212, the Victoria Cross was awarded to Lance Corporal Kenneally of the Irish Guards and Seargeant Salt of 13 Troop was mentioned in despatches. At first I thought the error was merely a transcription error on the RoH. I e-mailed CWGC (albeit without the weight of evidence above which I found later) regarding this and the other annoying fact that they list all 51 Recce casualties with the title: "51st (15th Bn. The Highland Light Infantry [City of Glasgow Regt.]) Regt Reconnaissance Corps." 51 Recce on disbandment briefly became 14th Bn HLI. I received a pretty disinterested reply from them: With regard to your query, the regimental names and unit details used in our records are simply based on information provided to the Commission after the war by the Ministry of Defence. Again, the Unit details as given in Serjeant Harry Salt’s record would have been advised to by the service authorities, and are used throughout our records for this unit. For information purposes I attach a report of further casualties whose records bear the same details, which I hope will be of interest. However I recently obtained a photo of Harry Salt's headstone and find that this error is 'written in stone!': Tom.