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Cpt David Bent, HMS Tartar and D-Day and Major Ian Hamilton

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:57 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

David 'Dan' Bent, DSC (Grandfather), won the DSC at D-Day. In an interview recorded in 2002, he tells of his action on HMS Tartar, stationed near Plymouth, ordered as a result of receiving a signal from Bletchley Park to intercept German destroyers about to attack D-Day convoys. He talks about the battle and tactics used. David Bent joined the RN at the age of 17. He collected 1930s German money. He was a gunnery officer and received shrapnel injuries to his face and hand in battle.

Major Ian Hamilton was in the Army (logistics) and fought in the North African campaign.


Item list and details

1. German money (Weimar) 2. Parody (?) logistics form 3. Video interview with Captain David Bent by Andrew Hamilton 2002

Person the story/items relate to

Captain David 'Dan' Bent and Major Ian Hamilton

Person who shared the story/items

Jackie Hamilton

Type of submission

Shared at Skinners School, Kent on 15 September 2023.

Record ID

103829 | SKI008