'Zillebeeke Church', 1918 (c)
Pencil and graphite on squared paper by 2nd Lieutenant Richard Tennant Cooper (1885-1957), 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment and Royal Engineers, 1918 (c).
The ruins of Zillebeke Church in West Flander amongst shattered trees. Zillebeke was on the front line for much during much of World War One (19914-1918). The churchyard was used as a war cemetery during the conflict and remains a Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery today.
Educated in Tonbridge, Kent, Richard Tennant Cooper trained as an artist in Paris, but in 1914 he volunteered as a private in 16th (Service) Battalion (Public Schools), The Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment). In 1916 he was given a temporary commission as a second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. He was promoted temporary lieutenant in July 1918 and captain in November that year.
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