Private 203208 Archibald Newton J Salt
2nd Battalion (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) Royal Berkshire Regiment
Private Salt was born in Hungerford and enlisted into his county regiment the Royal Berkshire Regiment at Newbury. His place of residence was shown as Hungerford.
On being sent to France he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, a regular unit. He died of wounds on Thursday, 25 Apr 1918. He is buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme.
Little is known of him but the Newbury Weekly News reported:
'DEATH OF MR A. SALT – The sad news that Mr Archie Salt, had died of wounds in France, has evoked many expressions of sympathy with the bereaved friends. On joining the Berks Regiment he went up to Northumberland for training, and was sent with others to France.
He was a promising youth and a general favorite, having a genial and obliging manner. The Rev. H.W. Wade referring to the death at the Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning, voiced the sympathy of himself and those worshipping there, and expressed the regret of all that so a promising life should be cut short'.
[NOTE – The reference to Northumberland referred to the Regiments reserve/training battalion based in that county. This unit trained recruits and processed wounded soldiers back to operation strength so they could rejoin the front line unit]
- Regimental Badge of The Royal Berkshires
The Battalion War Diary reads:
24th April 1918 – Battalion at Villers-Bretonneux Defences, North east of Villers-Bretonneux
25th April 1918 – Counter attack by Battalion at 6.30am on Villers-Bretonneux village, cleared and mopped up. 35 machine guns and 200 prisoners taken. (Private Salt was wounded during this action, dying later that day).