‘In 1945 he helped to liberate Norway’ (2012) Oil on linen, 80 x 100 cm2012
This painting features a portrait of my father, Albert Clifford Walker, in British army uniform. He served in the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment during WW2 and was trained as a sniper. In spring 1945 he was sent to Norway to assist in the liberation of the country from the Nazi regime. By the time he arrived the Germans had surrendered and so he spent his time guarding German sailors and soldiers from the angry Norwegians in towns like Bergen and Trondheim. When he was demobbed and returned home he brought with him some war booty (such as a Nazi dagger), and souvenirs such as postcards and tourist booklets about Norway and its fjords. I recall that images of the fjords with lone boatmen in particular fascinated me and I used to spend my evenings copying them in watercolour on our dining room table.
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