Benjamin Bryant

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Benjamin Bryant
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Real Admiral Benjamin Bryant, 1957.
Born(1905-09-16)16 September 1905
Madras, India
Died23 November 1994(1994-11-23) (aged 89)
Worthing, West Sussex, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1927–1957
RankRear Admiral
Commands heldDeputy Chief of Naval Personnel, (Training) (1954-1957)
HMS Adamant (1945–47)
HMS Forth (1945)
HMS Cyclops (1944–45)
HMS Montclare (1944)
HMS Safari (1941–43)
HMS Sealion (1938–41)
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order & Two Bars
Distinguished Service Cross
Mentioned in Despatches

Rear Admiral Benjamin Bryant CB DSO** DSC (16 September 1905 – 23 November 1994) was a Royal Navy officer noted for his submarine exploits during World War II. In terms of ships sunk, Bryant was the most successful British submarine ace to survive the war.[1]. He was appointed Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, (Training) from July 1954 to February 1957,

Early life and career[edit]

Bryant was born in Madras in India where his father, John Forbes Bryant, was a member of the Indian Civil Service. His mother was Mary Ada (née Genge). He had an elder brother Joseph and elder sister May.

He returned from India as a boy and attended Oundle School and then the Royal Naval College, Osborne and Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.

Bryant published a book[2] in 1958 about his experience up to and including World War II.

World War II[edit]

HMS Sealion (72S)[edit]

Between 3 September 1938 and 12 October 1941 Bryant was the lieutenant commander aboard HMS Sealion (72S).

HMS Safari (P211)[edit]

Between 14 October 1941 and 27 April 1943 he was the commander aboard HMS Safari (P211).[3]

HMS Montclare (F85)[edit]

Between 16 June 1944 and 10 October 1944 Bryant was the commander aboard the submarine depot ship, HMS Montclare (F85).

HMS Cyclops (F31)[edit]

Between 30 October 1944 and 4 February 1945 Bryant was the Commander aboard the submarine depot ship HMS Cyclops (F31).

HMS Forth (A187)[edit]

Between 5 February 1945 and 11 May 1945 Bryant was the captain aboard the submarine depot ship, HMS Forth (A187)

HMS Adamant (A164)[edit]

Between 26 June 1945 and 4 June 1947 Bryant was the captain aboard the submarine depot ship, HMS Adamant (A164).

Honours and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U-Boat net Commanders". Uboat.net. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  2. ^ Bryant, Ben (1980). Submarine Commander. New York: Bantam Books (published 1958).
  3. ^ "HMS SAFARI (P 211 – ex-P 61) – S-class Submarine". naval-history.net. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). The London Gazette (34845). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 9 May 1940. p. 2786. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). The London Gazette (35950). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 23 March 1943. p. 1369. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). The London Gazette (36081). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 6 July 1943. p. 3055. Retrieved 3 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). The London Gazette (40787). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 31 May 1956. p. 3101. Retrieved 3 September 2013.

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