The Last of the Tide: Twelve portraits of D-Day veterans go on show at Buckingham Palace

| 06 June 2015

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace is marking the 71st anniversary of D-Day with 12 specially commissioned portraits of surviving veterans

The veterans all served in regiments with which The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have a formal association. Each portrait has been created by a different artist, including Jonathan Yeo, and first prize winners of the BP Portrait Award, Catherine Goodman, James Lloyd, Ishbel Myerscough and Stuart Pearson Wright.

Geoffrey Pattinson, Sergeant with 9th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment

a portrait of an elderly man in a red beret with a rd wash across the portrait
Jonathan Yeo, Geoffrey Pattinson, Sergeant with 9th Battalion The Parachute Regiment© Jonathan Yeo, 2015. Courtesy of the Artist
Geoffrey Pattinson was to land within the perimeter of the Merville Battery, but, due to a faulty glider, he landed in Hampshire. By the evening of D-Day his platoon had managed to land in Normandy and he re-joined his unit.


Patrick ‘Pat’ Turner, Private with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

a painted portrait of an elderly man in red beret jacket beret and medals
Antony Williams, Patrick ‘Pat’ Turner, Private with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry© Antony Williams Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Pat Turner took part in the operation to capture Pegasus Bridge, landing in glider number three within 50 metres of the bridge. He was instrumental in the assault and the securing of the Benouville Bridge and the securing of a route over the Caen Canal.


James ‘Jim’ Glennie, Private with the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders

a painted portrait of an elderly man seated in an armchair with glengary, two sets of medals and a regimental tie
Carl Randall, James ‘Jim’ Glennie, Private with the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders© Carl Randall Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Jim Glennie was attached to the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders for the landings on D-Day, subsequently advancing inland and taking up defensive positions near Caen. During a German counter-attack he was wounded and taken prisoner, spending four months as a prisoner of war.


Eric Johnston, Trooper with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

a panting of an elderly man with glasses, regimental tie, suit jacket and medals
Catherine Goodman, Eric Johnston, Trooper with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards© Catherine Goodman Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Eric Johnston was a co-driver within the Reconnaissance Troop, which landed on Gold Beach at dawn. He took part in the battle of Villiers-Bocage and the defence of Hill103 and fought with his Regiment throughout Normandy.


Dr Tom Renouf, Private (later Lieutenant) with 5th Battalion Black Watch

a painted portrait of an elderly man in jacket medals and tam o shanter
Clara Drummond, Tom Renouf, Private (later Lieutenant) with 5th Battalion Black Watch© Clara Drummond Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Tom Renouf landed on the third day of the invasion, taking part in the battle for high ground around Breville. He was part of the 51st Highland Division who relieved the 8th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment.


Robert Antony ‘Tony’ Leake, Corporal with the 8th Battalion The Parachute Regiment

a photo of an elderly man wearing a parachute regiment beret and medals while sitting in a winged back chair
Eileen Hogan, Robert Antony ‘Tony’ Leake, Corporal with the 8th Battalion The Parachute Regiment© Eileen Hogan Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Tony Leake took part in the mass parachute drop behind the German lines. He blew bridges over the River Dives and set up defensive positions. The Battalion was cut off for five days, eventually being relieved by the Highland Division.


Raymond ‘Tich’ Rayner, Sergeant with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

a painted portrait of an elderly man in a maroon beret and jacket adorned with medals and badges
Ishbel Myerscough, Raymond ‘Tich’ Rayner, Sergeant with Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry© Ishbel Myerscough. Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Tich Raynor was in glider number four as part of the operation to capture Pegasus Bridge. His glider had navigational issues and landed seven miles away from the planned landing zone. He eventually fought his way back to his unit.


Thomas ‘David’ Burke, Sergeant with The Royal Signals and later the Cheshire Yeomanry

a painted portrait of an elderly man in a blazer covered in badges
James Lloyd, Thomas ‘David’ Burke, Sergeant with Royal Signals and later the Cheshire Yeomanry© James Lloyd Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
David Burke landed with Canadian forces as a signals sergeant and served through France and Germany until the Nazi surrender. He subsequently worked with the Allied Joint Signals Unit at the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal, and became part of the Cheshire Yeomanry after the war.


Brian Stewart, Captain with the 1st Battalion, Tyneside Scottish

a painted portrait of an elderly man wearing medals and a tam o shanter with a red hackle
Paul Benney, Brian Stewart, Captain with the 1st Battalion, Tyneside Scottish© Paul Benney Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Brian Stewart was the Anti-Tank Platoon Commander with the Tyneside Scottish, landing on July 15. He helped to rescue comrades in the 8th Battalion of the Parachute Regiment who were cut off for several days in their bid to destroy the bridges over the River Dives.


Cecil Newton, Trooper with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

a painted portrait of an elderly man in a black beret with medals pinned to his jacket
Peter Kuhfeld, Cecil Newton, Trooper with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards© Peter Kuhfeld Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Cecil Newton was a DD 'Swimming' Tank gunner, landing on D-Day as part of the first wave on Gold Beach. After destroying a German defensive position, his tank became swamped, and he was required to evacuate on to the beach.


Jack Griffiths, Pilot with the Glider Pilot Regiment

a portrait of an elderly man wearing a maroon beret and jacket decorated with medals
Stuart Pearson-Wright, Jack Griffiths, Pilot with the Glider Pilot Regiment© Stuart Pearson- Wright. Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Jack Griffiths flew a glider containing Parachute Regiment soldiers, successfully landing on the morning of D-Day. The soldiers went on to destroy bridges over the River Orne.


Laurence ‘Laurie’ Weeden, Pilot with the Glider Pilot Regiment

a portrait of an elderly man with many medals pinned to his jacket
Martin Yeoman, Laurence ‘Laurie’ Weeden, Pilot with the Glider Pilot Regiment© Martin Yeoman Photograph: © Royal Collection Trust
Laurie Weeden flew a glider during the mass airborne operation on D-Day. He safely landed in Normandy, where his cargo of jeeps, explosives and ammunition was used by the 8th Battalion The Parachute Regiment to blow up bridges over the River Dives.


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Wonderful exhibition, and the book accompanying it is fabulous for only £5. I agree, it should have been on for much longer.
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