The painting by Leslie Arthur Wilcox was commissioned by the Royal Hampshire Regiment and is oil on canvas 60 x 105cms.
It depicts the 2/4th Hampshire on 13 May 1944 shortly after crossing the start line and attacking their objectives where Capt Wakeford won the VC. Capt Wakeford accompanied only by his orderly and armed with a revolver went forward a killed several of the enemy and took twenty prisoners, his orderly being killed. When attacking a hill the following day his company came under heavy fire, although wounded in the face and both arms, Capt. Wakeford pressed home the attack, wounded again but reached the objective and consolidated his position.
Leslie Wilcox (1904 –1982) RI, RSMA was an eminent British artist known mainly as a marine artist working in oils. His two brothers died in the Middle East during World War 1; he became an important member of the Naval Camouflage unit in World War 2. His most famous painting is that of the Royal Yacht passing under Tower Bridge at the end of Queen Elizabeth’s return from the Commonwealth tour in 1953.