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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alfred Carpenter entered the Navy in 1897. He saw active service in Crete and during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. During the First World War, Carpenter was awarded the Victoria Cross. In 1918 at Zeebrugge, Belgium, he was in command of HMS Vindictive, navigating mined waters and bringing the ship alongside the Mole in darkness. The ship came under heavy and prolonged enemy fire, but Carpenter supervised the landing from Vindictive on to the Mole.

National Portrait Gallery, London





oil on canvas


H 72.4 x W 59.7 cm

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Bequeathed by the sitter's father, Alfred Carpenter, 1956

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