The Veteran by Drew Walker

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Taken on November 11. One of the few. He is a member of the HMS Hood Association, Pride of the Royal Navy the Ship was sunk on 21 May 1941 during the first surface action between any unit of the Home Fleet and The German Battleship BISMARCK. The action lasted less than 10 minutes and resulted in the destruction of HMS Hood (it sank in under 2 minutes), of the crew of 1,418 only 3 men survived. This picture is not one of these as only one of the men survives today, he is one of the sailors that had previously served on HMS Hood before this last voyage.

The Naval Prayer

O eternal Lord God, who alone spreadest out of
the heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea;
who has compassed the waters with bounds
until day and night come to an end; be pleased
to receive into thy almighty and most gracious
protection the persons of us thy servants and
the fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from
the dangers of the sea, and from the violence of
the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our
most gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth
and her dominions, and security for such as
pass on the seas upon their lawful occasion; that
the inhabitants of our commonwealth may in
peace and quietness serve thee our God; and
that we may return in safety to enjoy the
blessings of the land, with the fruits of our
labours, and with a thankful remembrance of
thy mercies to praise and glorify thy holy name;
through Jesus Christ our lord.


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  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    “And if thou wilt, remember,
    And if thou wilt, forget.”
    “Song” Christina Rossetti

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 6 years ago

    WOW stunning portrait. Fantastic shot.

  • Deborah  Bowness
    Deborah Bownessover 6 years ago

    Awesome work Jesika! Love the selective colouring, works well to really show off his medals to great effect. What a hero! Very touching too.

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghover 6 years ago

    Very moving image and story.

  • Juilee  Pryor
    Juilee Pryorover 6 years ago

    beautiful shot. well done you. very sensitive portrait.

  • stormphotonet
    stormphotonetover 6 years ago

    Thanks well done

  • Adriana Glackin
    Adriana Glackinover 6 years ago

    Beautiful Andrew, a great memorial image. Lest we Forget.

  • Jaytee
    Jayteeover 6 years ago

    look at those eyes, you have captured everything so well and brought out the importance of the medals . very proud image.

  • dewinged
    dewingedover 6 years ago

    Gob bless him…….. You did a flawless job. Thank you for sharing…………….. It would be nice to send him this for the holidays………..

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 6 years ago

    You have done this brave man a great justice. I think i can almost feel some of the sadness that is in his eyes! Well done.

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