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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

(1881-1955), Vice-Admiral; recipient of the Victoria Cross

Sitter in 12 portraits
Carpenter entered the Navy in 1897 and saw active service in Crete and during the Chinese Boxer uprising in 1900. During World War One, on 22/23 April 1918, he was in command of HMS Vindictive which was to land a force of two hundred Royal Marines on the mole at Zeebrugge, Belgium at the start of the Zeebrugge Raid designed to block the vital strategic port of Bruges. According to reports, Carpenter's 'great bravery when the ship came under heavy fire, did much to encourage similar behaviour on the part of the crew'. His power of command, personal bearing, and encouragement to those under him greatly contributed to the success of the operation and he was awarded the Victoria Cross. After a lecturing tour through the USA and Canada in 1918–19 he published his first-hand account of the war, The Blocking of Zeebrugge (1921).He retired in 1934 with the rank of Vice-Admiral.

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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope - NPG 3971

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope
oil on canvas, 1918
NPG 3971

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166392

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x166392

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Olive Edis - NPG x5697

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x5697

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x124669

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1929
NPG x124669

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Lafayette - NPG x69641

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Lafayette
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1929
NPG x69641

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Lafayette - NPG x69642

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Lafayette
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1929
NPG x69642

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Lafayette - NPG x69643

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Lafayette
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1929
NPG x69643

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x85326

Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 10 July 1929
NPG x85326

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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x44479

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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x44480

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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x44481

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Alfred Francis Blakeney Carpenter

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 July 1929
NPG x124668

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