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Lost war tales of Tarrant’s father

May 25th, 2014

Chris Tarrant fondly remembers his late father as his “closest friend”, but the television host has revealed he wishes he had spoken more with him about the Second World War.

The 67-year-old has written an account of his father Basil’s war diary, recounting stories including how the decorated Army officer won the Military Cross for leading a night patrol of 16 men on the German-Dutch border which overcame 60 enemy soldiers.

In a newspaper interview Tarrant said he could talk to his father about “anything”, but “the only thing that was taboo was the war”.

He said: “It was a generational thing. The ones like Dad, who had been in the thick of the fighting, rarely said a word about it.

“From childhood, I knew better than to ask. After he died, I realised I barely knew him at all.” Tarrant said he regrets not taking his father up on an offer of visiting Juno Beach on the 50th anniversary of D-Day for a television programme.

“Dad was proposing, for the first and only time, to talk about his war experiences and I rejected it.”

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