War Hero In My Family

Chris Tarrant

Chris sets off an emotional journey to find out what his father Basil did while serving in the British army during World War II.

Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant first came to our TV screens in the '70s with the anarchic Saturday morning show Tiswas. These days he is still enjoying success with his award-winning quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? whilst undertaking other television projects that are close to his heart.

Away from the cameras, Chris is patron of numerous charities, and in 2005 was presented with an OBE by HM The Queen for his services to charity and to broadcasting.  

In his spare time, Chris loves to write – anything from fishing articles and travel pieces to books, including Tarrant Off the Record, Millionaire Moments and Tarrant on Top of the World.

Chris's story

Chris begins by meeting a veteran from his father’s regiment, the 5th Wiltshires, who fought alongside Basil on the beaches on D-Day. He then follows in his father’s footsteps, as his regiment became part of the front line pushing the Germans back through Northern Europe.

Chris knows that Basil won the Military Cross, one of the highest honours a serving soldier can be awarded, but he has no idea what he did to deserve it. But as the story unfolds, Chris struggles to come to terms with his father’s heroics.

Then in the town of Kleve, on the edge of the Reichswald Forest, Chris learns about Operation Veritable, one of the most brutal operations of the war and uncovers the active role his father played in it.

Chris travels deep into Germany and the small village of Flechum. Here he discovers how his father’s war came to an end as his regiment pushed on in to Germany.

Story links

The Wardrobe
The Museum holds the collection and archives relating to the Infantry Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire from 1748 to the current regiment, The Rifle.

Betuwe War Museum
A museum collection honouring those who fought for the liberation of the Betuwe between 1944 and 1945.

The National Liberation Museum 1944-1945
Set in one of the most beautiful locations in the Netherlands, on the German border South-East of Nijmegen and Arnhem,
this collection charts the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe with displays, dioramas, original film footage, lectures and music.

4th Wiltshires
Living history group actively portraying men from the 4th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment.