TANNER, Ralph Esmond Selby

Rank: 
Private (later Honorary Captain)
Unit/Base: 
3 Commando
8 Commando
'Layforce'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Berkshire Regiment
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Service: 
Army
Number: 
6970623
223473
Honours & Awards: 
Private Ralph Esmond Selby Tanner was Lt. Evelyn Waugh's batman [1][3].  He received a Mention in Despatches in recognition of distinguished service in Crete 1941 [2][3].
  • 1 January 1942 commissioned 2nd Lieutenant with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry [4].
  • 19 August 1946 granted honorary rank of Captain [5].
Sources
[1] Oral interview held at the National Army Museum ref. 1990-04-238.
[2] London Gazette 35396, page 7348.
[3] Burma 1942: Memoirs of a Retreat: The Diary of Ralph Tanner, KOYLI.
[4] London Gazette 35442, page 549.
[5] London Gazette 37869, page 595.
 
Notes
Lt. Evelyn Waugh was Liaison Officer to Layforce Commander, Col. Robert Laycock.
 

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