HESELTINE, Richard

1914 - 2012

Born at Wimbledon, Surrey in 1914, son of Conrad Pelham Heseltine, a stockbroker, and his wife Margaret née Druett, who married at Bromley, Kent in 1912. Richard went to Charterhouse which he left at the age of 16 and after Charterhouse spent a year and a half on a farm in Hampshire learning to plough and sow and to build corn ricks and haystacks. His father then bought him a small farm in Newington, near Sittingbourne, North Kent, where he grew apples until 1939 during which time he studied art part-time with Otway McCannell at Farnham School of Art in the early 1930's but was mainly a self-taught amateur artist. In 1939 he was called up to join the 3rd Hussars and it is then that he got his nickname 'Pippin'. He remained with the tank regiment of 3rd Hussars for six years, distinguishing himself being awarded the Military Cross in 1944 and promoted to major. On the 15th of November 1945 Heseltine was demobilised after which he farmed in Hampshire for nine years during which time he met his wife Jean Hepburn and they married in 1947 and with whom he had three sons and a daughter. In 1955 he took up fruit farming at Willow Tree Farm, Assington, Suffolk. An artist who taught at Old Buckenham Hall School at Brettenham, Suffolk and held art classes at Cornard, Sudbury, Suffolk and a member of the Colchester Society and Gainsborough's House, Sudbury. His stone carvings are in churches at Little Cornard and Assington and he exhibited at Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery in 1963, The Minories, Colchester in 1976 and Quay Theatre, Sudbury in 1991. He died at Assington, Suffolk in 2012. His memoirs 'Pippin's Progress' were published in 2001.





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