David Hart Dyke

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David Hart Dyke
Born (1938-10-03) 3 October 1938 (age 75)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Captain
Commands held HMS Coventry
Battles/wars Falklands War

Captain David Hart Dyke CBE LVO ADC RN (born 3 October 1938) is a retired Royal Navy officer, former aide-de-camp to HM The Queen, and former commanding officer of HMS Coventry which was sunk during the Falklands War.[1][2]

In 1967 he married Diana Margaret Luce, daughter of Sir William Luce; they have two daughters, Miranda and Alice. His nephew is modern-day plant hunter Tom Hart Dyke, heir to Lullingstone Castle.

He is the author of the book Four Weeks in May: the Loss of HMS Coventry - a Captain's Story, a work based on transcripts of his diaries from the Falklands Conflict.[3] A film titled Destroyer by Crab Apple Films based on his memoirs stars Paul Bettany as Captain Hart Dyke. It is currently in pre-production and is planned for release in 2014.[4]


  1. ^ Gilbert, Gerard (3 December 2011). "Miranda Hart: 'I was never in the cool gang'". The Independent. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "David Hart Dyke, the captain of HMS Coventry recalls the horror of his ship sinking in the Falklands War: 'It was black, with people on fire...'". Daily Telegraph. 18 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Hart-Dyke, David (2008). Four Weeks in May: A Captain's Story of War at Sea. Atlantic Books. ISBN 1-84354-591-8. 
  4. ^ Gibbons, Duncan (18 July 2013). "Photos: Drama at sea to film sinking of HMS Coventry". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 

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