Lest We Forget

Lieutenant Giles was on my board November 2015.

Seemingly fitting for the month when Remembrance Day falls.

Circa 1950's, this portrait was created from quite a few reference photos to recreate the original feel of the time when Lieutenant Giles was training troops for the Korean war here at an Ontario Army base.

He had just been commissioned by the Queen. A signed formal document appointing him to his position of Lieutenant.

22 years old.

Not an every day occurrence.

Lieutenant Giles was proud of his achievements while serving as a Canadian Army Lieutenant. His portrait hangs proudly.

 

 

He wrote "your ability to piece together my submitted dated photographs, and military dress references, was truly creative. The most outstanding rendition in the portrait was your inclusion of characteristic personality, as recognized by my family."

From left to right - original photo of Lieutenant Giles, photo of original 1950's Canadian Army hat, Canadian Army uniform with Sam Browne belt, badge found on front of Army hat (each one from different years would have different initials in the center - E II R - Queen Elizabeth II)

 
original photo of Lieutenant Giles

original photo of Lieutenant Giles

Canadian Army hat - 1950's

Canadian Army hat - 1950's

Canadian Army uniform with the Sam Browne belt

Canadian Army uniform with the Sam Browne belt

Royal Canadian Army service badge

Royal Canadian Army service badge

original sketch from another artist to compare final portrait

original sketch from another artist to compare final portrait