Lt. H. Cooper RNVR

WAG 1046


Lt H Cooper was the Navigation Officer on HMS Lorna Doone. Drawings were made of the whole crew, which included, Sergeant WP Packwood RM, Sergeant LG Johnson RM, Captain PL Norcock RM, Lieutenant Leonard Jolly RNVR, Commanding Officer, Marine H Allen and Lieutenant H Cooper RNVR. The six drawings, together with one other work, were purchased in September 1941 for 70 guineas. Such drawings were praised as 'convincing as likenesses and accomplished in execution' (The Connoisseur Divan, 1944). Dring spent one week at sea with HMS Lorna Doone, from 8th - 14th September, during which he drew these portraits and made notes for two paintings (rejected) showing the 'engagement between HMS Lorna Doone with three Dorniers 215's off Southwold'. As a result of his war work, Dring was commissioned by the Lord Mayor of London to record 'the presentation of the freedom of the City to HRH The Princess Elizabeth' in 1948.