Frederick Salter

Photo:Frederick Salter aged 99 in 2010.

Frederick Salter aged 99 in 2010.

'Goodbye'

Frederick Salter talks about preparing for service overseas.

Fighting in North Africa

Frederick Salter talks about serving in North Africa.

'That's your father!'

Frederick Salter recalls seeing his son again at the end of the war.

Returning home

Frederick Salter talks about returning home.

Recollections of service in North Africa, Italy and Yugoslavia.

'I said to my wife, 'Goodbye''

Born in 1911 Frederick experienced both the First and the Second World War. Evacuated as a child during the First World War, Frederick served in the Armed Forces throughout the Second World War. Frederick was called up in 1939, ‘I got my mobilisation papers and I reported to the Tower of London by midday and then we went to Chelsea Barracks to join our different regiments.’ Although the Regiment initially remained in Britain, it was eventually despatched overseas: 

‘We didn’t know if it was going or not so we had to pack all our kits up at Chelsea and get ready when the orders came to move. I said to my wife, ‘Goodbye’ and then one day we was off up to Scotland and we settled down in up there for about a fortnight and then we boarded ship.’

'That was our job'

As part of the 24th Guards Brigade, Scots Guards, Frederick served in North Africa, Italy and later Yugoslavia. In Italy he took part in the battle of Anzio:

‘About 4 o’clock in the morning we come in to the beach and out of the water and as we did so...they sent the panzer division over to us...[T]he 24th Guard Brigade was a spearhead [so] we had to run up the beaches but as we was doing that saw these panzer division come over...[W]hat we had to do was the road going from Florence to Cassino we had to break that...so the Germans couldn’t last down to Cassino. That was our job, which we did, at the loss of hundreds of men.’

'That's your father!'

Frederick returned home on 10th October 1945, his son’s birthday:

‘When I come home, I knocked on my door. My son said, ‘Mum, mum!’, ‘What?’ He says, ‘There’s a black man at the door’. She says, ‘Black man? That’s you father!’ See, cos he hadn’t seen me, he’s only a little tot. She says, ‘That’s your father!’’

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Interview with Frederick Salter
Interview with Frederick Salter (221k)
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'Goodbye'
'Goodbye' (73k)
Transcript of audio clip with Frederick Salter.

Fighting in North Africa
Fighting in North Africa (85k)
Transcript of audio clip with Frederick Salter.

'That's your father!'
'That's your father!' (71k)
Transcript of audio clip with Frederick Salter.

Returning home
Returning home (73k)
Tramscript of audio clip with Frederick Salter.

This page was added by Malin Lundin on 03/02/2012.
Comments about this page

I was in 56 london div [black cats ]from 41to46 and remember the Guards at Salerno [Italy] and the other parts of Italy including Treist and going into Yugoslavia. I was an anti/tank gunner attached to [the Royal Fusiliers 167 brigade]

By bert pink
On 20/08/2012

The tabacco factory,i remember one just outside Battaglia [Salerno]Sept 10th or 11th 1943 I was acting sargent i/c of a 6 pounder anti/tank gun we was in position on the edge of a tobacco plantation and watched the guards stand up , fix bayonets and advance.

By Bert Pink
On 20/08/2012

sorry it was Battipaglia [not battaglia]

By Bert Pink
On 24/08/2012

Were you there when Ralph Dollard was wounded on 10 September?

By Robert Amis
On 11/11/2015

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