Alys Potter from our East Anglia office shares the incredible story of her late grandfather, Denis Whybro – an ordinary man who found himself on the frontline of two major conflicts.

C Squadron with their Centurion Tank (right to left): Lieutenant John Hurst, Denis Whybro, Richard (Dickie) Bird and on the tank, Donald Dibbens.

“My grandfather was in The 8th Royal Irish Hussars. This photo was taken before the battle. Denis was the only one who had seen action during World War Two and you can see from his face, he had realised how terrible the situation was. These men all survived but many soldiers didn’t, and the casualties are buried in Korea. The South Korean Government takes excellent care of the graves and always remembers that they owe their freedom to the sacrifices men like these made.

“My grandfather’s tank was the last one out of the valley. They were unable to use their gun as they had taken onboard wounded infantry soldiers, some of whom had sadly died when they reached safety. Like many men who returned from conflict, my grandfather did not talk about his experiences in detail until much later in life when he was interviewed by the Imperial War Museum. His experiences remained with him throughout his life and had a profound impact.”

“Denis pictured in later life, unveiling the war memorial in his home village, Galleywood in Essex.