From medal recommendation:

“2721689 Guardsman Henry HAYMAN, 1st Bn IRISH GUARDS

24th Brigade, 1st British Division, 5th Corps

Attack & Occupation of Point 212 & 214, April 27 to May 1st [1943]

This Guardsman kept the 18 set, the Force’s sole link with the outside world in working order and manned it the whole time.  His relief and great friend, Guardsman VARE, was killed practically on top of him but he carried on work with the greatest efficiency and calm throughout an inferno of noise and smoke.

The aerial of the set made him a natural target for artillery, mortars, machine guns and snipers, and he had an inconceivable number of near misses but he never once failed in his duty and preserved an admirable calm, when any mistake or understandable distraction on his part would have meant loss of contact with the Commanding Officer and the virtual loss of our Artillery and other supporting arms.

The part I consider was even harder than that of the other men for they at least had the satisfaction of firing back at the enemy, while he had to sit as a target and do his work under the most difficult possible circumstances and subject to great physical strain.

I recommend this Guardsman for great devotion to duty and efficiency under the most difficult circumstances.  By keeping communication open he did much to help his Forces success.


C.A. Montagu-Douglas-Scott

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

1 June 1943”

Click here to view 1Bn group photo, Chelsea Barracks, 1944

Guardsman Vare is buried at MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY, TUNISIA

Guardsman REGINALD VARE 2720441, 1st Bn., Irish Guards who died age 23 on 30 April 1943

Son of James and Bertha Vare, of Bollington, Cheshire.

Remembered with honour MASSICAULT WAR CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: III. E. 17.

Quis Separabit

Sources: TNA; The Times; CWGC

Photo: IG Journal

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