Nick's family inspires war service art work

Nick's family inspires war service art work

Cecil Lear Bailey

Frank Leighton Jones

Nick Bailey

The Vickers machine gun beneath the art works

First published in News

ART works inspired by Nick Bailey’s grandfathers’ war service are on display at the Cheshire Military Museum.

Nick produced the large Edwardian framed collages from artefacts, including service records, about Cecil Lear Bailey of Nantwich and Frank Leighton Jones of Crewe.

The works relate to their roles in The Great War and The Second World War.

They have original acrylic backgrounds and details painted by Nick, overlaid with typical war scenes and personal information about each of his grandfathers.

“My memories of these brave men are very strong, as they both took an active part in my childhood during the 1960s,” said Nick, from Congleton, who was born in Crewe.

“I wanted to create these works as family heirlooms to remember my grandfathers and the roles they played in The Great War and The Second World War.”

Cecil served in the Cheshire Regiment and the Oxford and Bucks light Infantry in The First World War, suffering wounds to his legs from a German shell in France.

He was returned to the Western Front after treatment, and died in 1989.

His party trick was to show visitors the shrapnel emerging from his knees as his body shrank with age.

Frank served in The Royal Navy in The First World War on many ships, and saw active service as an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Thunderer in 1918.

He re-enlisted in the Cheshire Regiment in 1939 and went to Dunkirk. Following an injury in the early 1940s he returned to Crewe to become part of the Home Guard, and died in the 1970s.

The Cheshire Military Museum in Chester is helping Nick to find out more about his grandfathers and where they served in the conflicts.

The museum has a search service for members of the public to use for a small fee.

Nick’s art works have been displayed on their own wall above a Vickers machine gun, which is being restored.

This is the same kind of firearm Cecil would have used in the trenches of northern France in 1917/18. Nick’s art works are on display until the end of 2014.

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