Wider audience for teacher's 'powerful' wartime paintings

Simon Bristow

PAINTINGS by a Grimsby teacher showing the effect the Second World War had on the town have gone on display at a national memorial site.

Ernest J Worrall was commissioned by Grimsby Borough Council to recorded the impact of the conflict on the town in 1943 and 1944.

His son Richard Worrall saw the collection of more than 20 paintings for the first time last year when they were on show at Cleethorpes Discovery Centre.

He has now helped them reach a wider audience by arranging for them to be exhibited at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Mr Worrall, said: “Last year for Remembrance season, North East Lincolnshire Council staged a highly successful and popular exhibition of my father’s work. This was the first time I’d seen these pictures.

“They are a powerful and beautifully executed artistic record of the devastation wreaked on this East Coast port by the Germans, and a stark and sad reminder of the destruction we human beings can and do inflict on each other.”

His father, who had served in the First World War, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1931 and moved to Grimsby a year later after marrying.

He taught at Wintringham Grammar School and joined the Home Guard in the Second World War.

He was a successful artist and exhibited at the Royal Academy 14 times. His latest exhibition, Ernest Worrall: Grimsby’s War Artist, features a range of subjects from battleships to bombed out buildings, and will be shown at the memorial until December 1.

Eighteen of the paintings are owned by the council and four by The Imperial War Museum.