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Benjamin Bryant
CB DSO** DSC
Born (1905-09-16)16 September 1905
Died 23 November 1994(1994-11-23) (aged 89)
Place of birth Madras, India
Place of death Worthing, West Sussex, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch United Kingdom Royal Navy
Years of service 1927–1957
Rank Rear-Admiral
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Order & 2 Bars
Distinguished Service Cross

Rear-Admiral Benjamin Bryant CB DSO** DSC RN (16 September 1905 – 23 November 1994) was a British Royal Navy officer noted for his submarine exploits during World War II. Bryant was the most successful British submarine ace to survive the war.[1]

Early life and career[]

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.

World War II[]

HMS Sealion (72S)[]

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

HMS Safari (P211)[]

Between 14 October 1941 and 27 April 1943 he was the Commander aboard HMS Safari (P211).[2]

HMS Montclare (F85)[]

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

HMS Cyclops (F31)[]

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

HMS Forth (A187)[]

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

HMS Adamant (A164)[]

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

Honours and awards[]

  • 11 May 1943 – Bar to the Distinguished Service Order to Commander Benjamin Bryant DSO, DSC, Royal Navy.
  • 6 July 1943 Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Order – to Commander Benjamin Bryant DSO, DSC, Royal Navy.[5]


Order of the Bath UK ribbon.svg Dso-ribbon.png UK Distinguished Service Cross BAR.svg War Medal 39-45 BAR MID.png

Order of the Bath UK ribbon.svg Order of the Bath 31 May 1956
Dso-ribbon.png Distinguished Service Order (DSO) 23 Mar 1943; 11 May 1943; 6 July 1943
UK Distinguished Service Cross BAR.svg Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) 9 May 1940
War Medal 39-45 BAR MID.png Mentioned in Despatches 12 May 1942

References[]

  1. "U-Boat net Commanders". Uboat.net. http://uboat.net/allies/commanders/387.html. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  2. "HMS SAFARI (P 211 – ex-P 61) – S-class Submarine". naval-history.net. http://www.naval-history.net/xGM-Chrono-12SS-06S-Safari.htm. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  3. "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 9 May 1940. p. 2786. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34845/supplements/2786/page.pdf. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  4. "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 23 March 1943. p. 1369. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35950/supplements/1369/page.pdf. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  5. "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 6 July 1943. p. 3055. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36081/pages/3055/page.pdf. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  6. "Supplement to the London Gazette" (PDF). His Majesty's Stationery Office. 31 May 1956. p. 3101. http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/40787/supplements/3101/page.pdf. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 

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