Tuesday, 10 March 2009

The Lion

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‘The Lion’

Portrait of Charles Upham V.C. and bar (1908 - !994)

Rudolf Boelee

Acrylic on hessian on board


Charles Upham

Acknowledged widely as the outstanding New Zealand soldier of the Second World War, Captain Charles Upham remains the only combatant soldier to have received the Victoria Cross and Bar (awarded to members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth for exceptional bravery). In Crete in May 1941, and the Western Desert in July 1942, Upham distinguished himself with displays of ‘nerveless competence’

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