Friday 6 November 2009

Great War Portraits

The BBC have a photo report on their site featuring the soldiers who survived WWI and lived to old age. The pictures are taken from a new book Great War Portraits by Kieth Collman.

(Bill Stone, Harry Patch & Henry Allingham)

The book is Hard cover (with dust jacket) 251 x 251mm, 108 pages and with 83 B&W photographs of the veterans. The men (and one woman) featured are:

Alfred James Keep - Middlesex Regiment; Alexander ‘Alex’ Gibson M.M. - Machine Gun Corps; Stanley Clayton - Royal Engineer; Tom R. Bromley - Army Service Corps; Walter ‘Guy’ Grump - Wiltshire Regiment; William ‘Bill’ Partridge - Middlesex Regiment; William ‘Bill’ Jarvis - London Regiment; John Buckley - Liverpool Regiment & MGC; Bert Hunt - Middlesex Regiment; James ‘Jim’ Lovell M.M. - The Berkshire Regiment; Arthur Barraclough - West Riding Regiment; Jasper Cecil Fullarton Hankinson - London Regiment; Robert Simpson ‘Bob’ Russell - Liverpool Regiment; Albert Elliot ‘Smiler’ Marshall - Essex Yeomanry & MGC; Walter Humphrys - London Regiment; Douglas Henry Roberts - East Kent Regiment; Charles Alfred W. Watson - Royal Flying Corps; Arthur Halestrap M.B.E. - Royal Engineers; Donald Hodge - Royal West Kent Regiment; Douglas ‘Tommy’ Thomson - Honourable Artillery Company; Albert Charles ‘Alf’ Razzell - Royal Fusiliers; George Conrad Leonard - Middlesex Regiment; John Morris – Menin Gate - Duke of Wellington Regiment; William ‘Bill’ Crudgington - Royal Garrison Artillery; Andrew Kewley - Liverpool Regiment; William ‘Bill’ Mann - Royal Artillery; Harry Taylor - South Staffordshire Regiment; Donald Pryce Hudson - R.E. Gas Corps; George Allan Short - Royal Siege Artillery; Harry J. Hart M.B.E. - Royal Fusiliers; Sidney Lovell M.M. - Ox & Bucks Light Infantry; John ‘Jack’ Gower - Liverpool Regiment; Arthur Richard Pell Clifford - West Kent Regiment; John Edward ‘Jack’ Davis - Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry; Bert Weston - Royal Artillery; Robert ‘Robbie’ Burns - Cameron Highlanders; Terence T. H. Verschoyle M.C. - Inniskilling Fusiliers; I. ‘Taff’ Davies B.E.M. - Trench Mortar; Mrs A. E. Cleverley - Nursing Sister; Sir Thomas Harley M.B.E., M.C., D.L. - Royal Lancs Regt.; William ‘Bill’ Hay - Royal Scots; William Stone - Royal Navy; Henry Allingham - Royal Naval Air Service; Henry John ‘Harry’ Patch - Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry.

This is a particularly poignant book as the Sundays Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph will be the first without any WW1 Veterans.

“They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”

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