David Lloyd Hart was born in Montréal, Quebec, on July 7, 1917. One of seven boys, Mr. Hart worked as an accountant while he was a student. He spent his spare time with the army reserves and high school cadets. He served with the Fourth Divisional Signals from 1937 and entered active service in September 1939.
With the Royal Canadian Corps Second Divisional Signals, Mr. Hart went to the Dieppe Raid as a sergeant. He was responsible for briefing the men on a ship that they had never been trained on. The ship suffered many bombings and those aboard were expecting to be taken prisoner. However, they were towed from the Dieppe shore by the Navy as the last Allied ship to return. At the end of the war, Mr. Hart had earned the title of Lieutenant Colonel.
When Mr. Hart returned to Canada, he earned his degree in accounting and became a chartered accountant. He joined the Reserve Army 4th Division Signals in 1945. In 1961, he commanded the unit for five years under its new name, 11th Signals Regiment. In 1976, he was made the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of that same unit, now called 712 Communications Squadron. Mr. Hart is currently living in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and this will be his fifth trip back to Dieppe.