Martin Tallents

Born May 8th, 1921, the younger son of Sir Stephen Tallents, K.C.M.G., C.B., C.B.E. and Lady Tallents.
Schooled at West Downs, Winchester and Dauntsey’s School.  Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He entered the Royal Navy Reserve as Ordinary Seaman.  Mentioned in Despatches, H.M.S. Cleopatra, 1942.  Leading Seaman, Coastal Force Coxswain. Sub Lieutenant.  Leading Seaman. Malta Convoys, Mine sweeping, Normandy, the Philippines and Borneo.  Five years in all.

Served as a sailor on a battleship that was bombed by a German submarine.  He had gone downstairs to make some tea for his friends on deck and when he came back his friends had been blown to pieces and he had to pick them up and put them in body bags.

He came back to England and worked on restoration of a Parish Church and looked after his mother until she died then in 1969  he came to Mallorca first staying in Can Quet then buying a house in the village of Deia.  He became good friends with Robert Graves.