Photograph of the Day – War Veteran

92 year old John McMillan Leishman, former Sergent in the 51st Highland Division, who fought in El Alamein, landed in Sicily, fought up through Italy and returned to England in 1944 thinking that was the end of his war. It wasn't as he came ashore at Sword beach on D-Day. He has just returned from the Dunkirk anniversary and intends to travel to Arnheim to remember two brothers and friends he knew that died there.

There has been alot of talk these last few days as regards the intentions and thoughts of “former combatants”. Regardless of the more recent conflict/war * it is because of men such as John and his generation, that we enjoy the democracy we do now.

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Photographer and visual artist based in Belfast.
I have facilitated community based workshops with groups as diverse as visually impaired individuals in Dungannn, Travellers across Northern Ireland, Young Offenders and many community groups across Belfast.
My work has exhibited extensively here in Northern Ireland in group and individual shows and has been shown in North America and i had my first solo international exhibition in New Zealand. I have been the recipient of a number of grants from the Arts Council Northern Ireland.
I’ll be blogging about Arts and Culture, primarily in Belfast
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