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In this portrait, the ribbons of Stanford’s First World War campaign medals can be seen above the left-hand pocket of his battledress jacket. As a young man, he had served as a sniper with the Royal Sussex Regiment during the First World War (1914–1918). In civilian life he was a fisherman and gardener. Like many men who had served in the earlier conflict, Stanford joined the Home Guard in 1940 during the Second World War (1939–1945), with the rank of platoon sergeant. By 1945 he had become a major, and commanded his own company.
in Sussex. Cattermole recalled that the painting was completed during a German bombing raid on the nearby RAF Tangmere airfield, which killed many of the women serving there in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF).
oil on canvas
H 101 x W 76 cm
purchased from the artist, 1984