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90 year old Corporal Alan Saunders Immortilised by Portrait and Poem

Date
10 April 2013 16:00

Blind Veterans UK member Alan Saunders age 90 has had a portrait drawn of him by Alison Hughes, the wife of Llandudno centre Health Care Assistant Jinpa Thubten.

Blind Veterans UK member Alan Saunders age 90 has had a portrait drawn of him by Alison Hughes, the wife of Health Care Assistant Jinpa Thubten. Alison sketched Alan at our Llandudno centre and the final portrait was presented to Alan along with a poem written by ex-Royal Marine David Lilburn MBE who was inspired by Alan's story. You can read the poem on the reflections of war website.


Former Royal Marine Commando, Corporal Alan Saunders, survived an infamous raid on a German-held port in 1942, by attempting to swim from Dieppe in France to Portsmouth before eventually being picked up by a British war ship. There are only about 15 of the original 40 Commando unit still alive.



Billy Baxter plays the bugel at the presentation of the poem and portrait to Alan


Corporal Alan Saunders with artist Alison Hughes


90 year old Corporal Alan Saunders said: "It's quite embarrassing really but I am honoured. I'm just a normal guy, like hundreds of thousands of other blokes. Their intention is to build up a gallery of old buggers like me. The Blind Veterans team are an absolutely wonderful group of people."