I do wonder if he was told to resign his commission to avoid being cashiered, which would have been rather an embarrassment for both the Army Council and his regiment, for an individual to "walt" was nothing new, but, to actually take it to that level is truly stunning.
To carry on, perhaps after the portrait was taken is nothing less than disrespectful to members of his regiment who never left France and Belgium in 1940, as well as all those who had worn that particular uniform before, David Jones, Hedd Wyn, Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon and the rest of them, their service was a matter of fact.
QSAMIKE wrote: I wonder how many times he was challenged by people in the know...... Mike
The fantasy group to O'Dell sold above its estimate of £1,000 to £1,400 (althought I am not sure how accurately you could estimate this particular group). It sold for a hammer price of £1,600. Totals (inc VAT on the commission for the UK only): £2,061. R41,700. Au$3,600. Can$3,400. US$2,600.