Pencil drawing of 'the boy David'

Contributed by Bob

Pencil drawing of 'the boy David'

This picture was drawn for my grandad, Walter Charles Miller, when he was convalescing in Basingstoke after being gassed for the 2nd time on the Somme when serving with the Manchester Regiment. It was drawn by one of his nurses who took a shine to him. I have no knowlege of the artist but she was obviously an accomplished drawer. Despite being gassed with both phosgene and mustard gas on separate occasions and having 18 pieces of shrapnel in his legs he was a businessman, a barber and newsagent, in Blackpool while my grandma ran a bording house. They were founder members of the Independent Labour Party and he was a Fabian. My grandma had been a sufferagette and they were both radicals and free thinkers and I'm very proud to be their grandson.

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