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William (Bill) Lambert's painting of Great Tew from Iraq

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posted on 2024-06-05, 18:23 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

I would like to show you the picture that my uncle Bill and Auntie Doll had on their living room wall in Lambourn, Berks. It has since become damaged by foxing from damp storage, sadly. All I know is that Uncle Bill was in Iraq in WW2 and he brought this painting home with him. A fellow soldier had painted it from a postcard of Great Tew. How did he get artists' materials? Did he take his paints with him? It is an image of extraordinary nostalgia for England.


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Painting of thatched cottage at Great Tew brought back from Iraq in WW2

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William Lambert

Person who shared the story/items

Christina Moran

Relationship between the subject of the story and its contributor

Uncle by marriage to my mother's half-sister

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Shared online via the Their Finest Hour project website.

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