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Major General Sir Jeremy Moore (deceased)
|Jeremy Moore was born on July 5th, 1928. His father was Lieutenant Colonel Charles Percival Moore, MC. He went to Brambletye school, East Grinstead, and Cheltenham College. In 1947 Jeremy Moore joined the Royal Marines straight from school. After basic training, and service on the cruiser HMS Sirius, he joined 40 Commando Royal Marines (1950-53) fighting communist insurgents in Malaya. During fierce jungle combat, the marines killed or captured more than 200 guerrillas, and it was for his bravery during one such ambush that Moore was awarded the Military Cross in 1952. Returning to the UK in 1954 he became housemaster at the Royal Marines School of Music (1954) and as an instructor at the Royal Marines NCOs School, before returning to combat duties with 45 Commando (1957-59) in Cyprus. In 1959 Moore became an instructor at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst until 1962, then joined 42 Commando as a company commander and then adjutant, and was sent back to the far east. In 1962 following the creation of the Malaysian federation, locals, backed by Indonesias President Sukarno, staged a revolt in the Sultanate of Brunei. In Sarawak, the secessionists seized the British Resident, Richard Morris, and other westerners. They were held in the police station in the small town of Limbang, the rebel leader Salleh bin Sambas threatened to hang the hostages. Jeremy Moores company of Commandos were given the operation to rescue the hostages. Against a much larger force of 150 rebels, Moores plan was storm the building from the Limbang river. The noise of the boats engines made any chance of surpise impossible. The Marines came under heavy machine-gun fire, but they stormed ashore, clearing rebel positions in the town and rescuing the hostages. For this action, Moore was awarded a bar to his Military Cross. Moore served at the Australian Staff College (1963-64), The staff of the 17th Gurkha Division (1965), and was involved in counterinsurgency fighting in North Borneo. In 1968 he served on HMS Bulwark and in 1971 was promoted to lieutenant-colonel and given command of 42 Commando. In July 1972 Lt Col Moore took part in Operation Motorman in Northern Ireland, when the British army reoccupied areas of Derry which until then had been controlled by the IRA. He became commandant of the Royal Marines School of Music (1973-75), attended the Royal College of Defence Studies (1976), and was brigadier of 3 Commando Brigade (1977-79). In 1979 he was promoted to Major General and in 1982 during the Falklands campaign he was Land Force Commander. After finally leaving the military in 1983, and an unsettled 18 months as director-general of the Food and Drink Federation, he found fulfilment in industrial training and charity work, raising money for research into liver diseases after himself having a liver transplant. He was awarded the OBE in 1973 and knighted in 1982. Sadly Major-General Sir Jeremy Moore died on September 15th, 2007, aged 79|
|Artist Details : Robert Taylor|
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The name Robert Taylor has been synonymous with aviation art over a quarter of a century. His paintings of aircraft, more than those of any other artist, have helped popularise a genre which at the start of this remarkable artist's career had little recognition in the world of fine art. When he burst upon the scene in the mid-1970s his vibrant, expansive approach to the subject was a revelation. His paintings immediately caught the imagination of enthusiasts and collectors alike . He became an instant success. As a boy, Robert seemed always to have a pencil in his hand. Aware of his natural gift from an early age, he never considered a career beyond art, and with unwavering focus, set out to achieve his goal. Leaving school at fifteen, he has never worked outside the world of art. After two years at the Bath School of Art he landed a job as an apprentice picture framer with an art gallery in Bath, the city where Robert has lived and worked all his life. Already competent with water-colours the young apprentice took every opportunity to study the works of other artists and, after trying his hand at oils, quickly determined he could paint to the same standard as much of the art it was his job to frame. Soon the gallery was selling his paintings, and the owner, recognising Roberts talent, promoted him to the busy picture-restoring department. Here, he repaired and restored all manner of paintings and drawings, the expertise he developed becoming the foundation of his career as a professional artist. Picture restoration is an exacting skill, requiring the ability to emulate the techniques of other painters so as to render the damaged area of the work undetectable. After a decade of diligent application, Robert became one of the most capable picture restorers outside London. Today he attributes his versatility to the years he spent painstakingly working on the paintings of others artists. After fifteen years at the gallery, by chance he was introduced to Pat Barnard, whose military publishing business happened also to be located in the city of Bath. When offered the chance to become a full-time painter, Robert leapt at the opportunity. Within a few months of becoming a professional artist, he saw his first works in print. Roberts early career was devoted to maritime paintings, and he achieved early success with his prints of naval subjects, one of his admirers being Lord Louis Mountbatten. He exhibited successfully at the Royal Society of Marine Artists in London and soon his popularity attracted the attention of the media. Following a major feature on his work in a leading national daily newspaper he was invited to appear in a BBC Television programme. This led to a string of commissions for the Fleet Air Arm Museum who, understandably, wanted aircraft in their maritime paintings. It was the start of Roberts career as an aviation artist. Fascinated since childhood by the big, powerful machines that man has invented, switching from one type of hardware to another has never troubled him. Being an artist of the old school, Robert tackled the subject of painting aircraft with the same gusto as with his large, action-packed maritime pictures - big compositions supported by powerful and dramatic skies, painted on large canvases. It was a formula new to the aviation art genre, at the time not used to such sweeping canvases, but one that came naturally to an artist whose approach appeared to have origins in an earlier classical period. Roberts aviation paintings are instantly recognisable. He somehow manages to convey all the technical detail of aviation in a traditional and painterly style, reminiscent of the Old Masters. With uncanny ability, he is able to recreate scenes from the past with a carefully rehearsed realism that few other artists ever manage to achieve. This is partly due to his prodigious research but also his attention to detail: Not for him shiny new factory-fresh aircraft looking like museum specimens. His trade mark, flying machines that are battle-scarred, worse for wear, with dings down the fuselage, chips and dents along the leading edges of wings, oil stains trailing from engine cowlings, paintwork faded with dust and grime; his planes are real! Roberts aviation works have drawn crowds in the international arena since the early 1980s. He has exhibited throughout the US and Canada, Australia, Japan and in Europe. His one-man exhibition at the Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC was hailed as the most popular art exhibition ever held there. His paintings hang in many of the worlds great aviation museums, adorn boardrooms, offices and homes, and his limited edition prints are avidly collected all around the world. A family man with strong Christian values, Robert devotes most of what little spare time he has to his home life. Married to Mary for thirty five years, they have five children, all now grown up. Neither fame nor fortune has turned his head. He is the same easy-going, gentle character he was when setting out on his painting career all those years ago, but now with a confidence that comes with the knowledge that he has mastered his profession.
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