Lieutenant Ian Hammerton
22nd Dragoons, 79th Armoured Division
Ian Hammerton tried to join the RAF aged 17 and a half, "but they wouldn’t have me" so he went on to join the 42nd Royal Tank Regiment in Clapham.
In 1941 he was put in for a commission and then finally transferred to the 22nd Dragoons at Stow-on-the-Wold. While there it was announced to the men they would play a crucial but top secret role on D-Day. They were to drive a new breed of tank that had been designed to destroy the German defences – from tanks with massive chain flails that could destroy mines, to those capable of throwing flames or sailing over anti-tank ditches.
Since D-Day, Ian Hammerton has devoted much of his time to educating children about his experiences during the war.