Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Picking up where I left off yesterday, here's a look at Harold Beament, a senior officer and a war artist who saw service throughout the Battle Of The Atlantic. 

A husband and wife who both saw service: Robert Bush served in the Merchant Navy, and Evangeline Bush served in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service.

Their service dress caps are together, along with his medals.

Keith Jones served in the Navy at 17 and lived to tell the tale.

The story of H.M.S. Nabob, a British ship whose crew included Canadians, is shared here.

Most of the Canadian efforts through the war were made in the European theatre.

This is the only surviving example of this kind of rocket launcher, called a Land Mattress. It was used by Canadians starting in 1944, and designed to launch multiple rockets at once.

Nearby it is a panel with an artifact above it. Nose art, common in Allied planes during the war, often included women or some humorous touch. In this case the commander of a Canadian Lancaster bomber was looking more to home for his inspiration: his daughter Christine.


  1. Life must be difficult for those who served during the war.

  2. Be happy that you read and visit exhibitions and didn't live the war in Europe !

  3. Keith Edward Jones was a lucky man, although I am certain the horrors of war would have haunted him.

  4. I am sure the families were very happy to see these service men and women return home.
    Great exhibit. Take care, have a happy day!

  5. It's good to humanize events in this way.

  6. thank you for sharing their stories with us

  7. Hall of Heroes!
    That rocket launcher looks amazing!

  8. ...the old send the young off to war!

  9. I love that there were artists of the war. Now it seems there are only photographers or videographers.

  10. So many young people headed to war.

  11. That rocket launcher is quite a sight to see.

  12. @Nancy: it would be.

    @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Gattina: very different there.

    @Gemel: war does that.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @David: it is the right way to present the story.

  13. @b.c.: you're welcome.

    @Magiceye: it is a formidable weapon.

    @Tom: such is always the case.

    @Jeanie: there were bothback then, and now. The museum's art collection includes works from Desert Storm and the Afghan War.

    @RedPat: all too true.

    @Sharon: that it is

  14. The rocket launcher is quite impressive to see. I never saw one before.

  15. Great photos of a lovely personal exhibit ~ ^_^

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. Excellent to celebrate the actual warriors in the fight!