BRENT, Gerald Harry

Birthname: 
Berendt, Gunter Harry
Known as: 
Gerry
Rank: 
Captain
Regiment/Corps: 
Pioneer Corps, Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
13106632 & 331216
Died : 
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gerry Brent ( birth name Gunter Harry Berendt)  served in No 47RM and No 6 Cdo. Being of the Jewish faith and having escaped to Britain from his home in Berlin in 1938, he was sent to Canada at the outbreak of war classed as an enemy alien. However in 1941 he opted, when given the choice, to return to the UK where upon arrival he was subsequently reinterred, this time on the Isle of Wight.

It was during this internment that a Judge determined he could be released and join the Army which he did. He was later recommended for officer training and received his commission as Second Lieutenant on the 7th October 1944. He volunteered for Commando training and was originally attached to 47RM Commando. Later in March 1945 he served with No 6 Commando in Germany. He relinquished his commission on the 28th April 1947 being granted the honorary rank of Captain.

Sources:
2/Lt:  LG Supplement 36829 Page 5621
Hon Capt: LG Supplement 37941 Page 1895
CA Newsletters 93 and 119
Family eulogy.
 

Register on our Forum and post any additional information that you may hold.
All content researched and administered by the Commando Veterans Archive www.commandoveterans.org