AGC Freedom Parade
Print from original painting by Anthony Cowland, 2008
The original of this picture is hanging in the Headquarters Officers' Mess of the Adjutant General's Corps at Worthy Down. The painting was commissioned to celebrate the Freedom Parade through Winchester on the 30th June 2008. Notable Winchester buildings and landmarks which were passed by on the march can be seen in the picture, irrespective of their positions in the city.
The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) was created in 1992 from the merging of the Royal Army Pay Corps, the Corps of Royal Military Police, the Military Provost Staff Corps, The Royal Army Educational Corps and the Army Legal Corps. An adjutant was originally an army officer supporting a senior officer in an administrative capacity and the Corps role is to support the personnel of the army in all fields.
The Freedom of Entry to the City of Winchester was originally bestowed upon the Royal Army Pay Corps in 1970 and the honour was transferred to the AGC with the merger. The Royal Army Pay Corps had been based in Devizes but after HMS Ariel closed in 1960 they moved to the former military airfield at Worthy Down near Winchester. Worthy Down continues to be the home of the Adjutant General's Corps headquarters. The Adjutant General's Corps have their own museum in the former Guard House to the Peninsula Barracks, Winchester.
Anthony Cowland was born in Hove, Sussex in 1956 but grew up in Barbados and Singapore as well as the United Kingdom. He is a full time illustrator and painter working almost entirely to commission, aviation is a passion and forms an important part of his painting output. Tony has been involved with the British Army as a war artist and has completed many commissions for large-scale paintings following visits to theatre or to major exercises worldwide.
This painting was presented to the City by the Adjutant General's Corps.
This picture is copyright of the artist and has been reproduced here with their permission.