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Leslie Ernest Wyatt (1903-1961)   BIOGRAPHY

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73rd Field Company Royal Engineers, c.1945, an album of eighteen watercolours.
Framed (ref: 7953)
Pen and ink and watercolour on paper 
each image: 4 ˝ x 5 in. (11.5 x 12.5 cm)

 


Exhibited: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October -23 November 2016, cat 68. 

 Literature: WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 68, page 104-105. 

Wyatt was born in Portsmouth and worked in his father’s radio/gramophone shop. He joined the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of war, was commissioned, and trained in a Beach Clearance Unit. His duties included clearing obstacles, including mines and bombs, putting down wire mesh tracks on the beaches, etc. 
He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry on D-Day. After D-Day his unit became used for forward bridge building. Later Wyatt wrote ‘A Short History of the 73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers in the North-West European Campaign’. 
Stylistically close to Edward Bawden these eighteen watercolours chronicle the training, duties and locations of the Company from October 1940 to June 1944.













































Leslie Ernest Wyatt (1903-1961)

Wyatt was born in Portsmouth and worked in his father's radio/gramophone shop. He joined the Royal Engineers at the outbreak of war, was commissioned, and trained in a Beach Clearance Unit. His duties included clearing obstacles, including mines and bombs, putting down wire mesh tracks on the beaches, etc. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry on D-Day. After D-Day his unit became used for forward bridge building. Later Wyatt wrote 'A Short History of the 73rd Field Company, Royal Engineers in the North-West European Campaign'.

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