THE GUNNER

Below left - Gunner 95309 Alexander Carrick 30(S) Battery RGA seated in the centre with RGA comrades and (below right) the dauntless Gunner Carrick. Most of the important post war artists and sculptors served as officers during the Great War, Carrick was unusual in serving in the front line as a humble Gunner, the Artillery's equivalent of the army rank of Private.

These photographs may have been taken in Beun's studio. Perhaps Carrick's teacher at the South Kensington College Professor Eduard Lanteri may have provided Carrick with introductions in Belgium. Lanteri was an important figure in early 20th century British sculpture and his book 'Sculpting and Modelling the Human Figure' was influential. As well as Carrick Lanteri's pupils included Rodin himself, Charles Sergeant Jagger and Sir Charles Wheeler to name a few.

Carrick's service record was destoyred by bombing in WWII. If anyone can help with further information on 30(S) Battery or the other servicemen in these photographs I would be grateful.

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