THIS WEEK IN 1984: Stained glass gift for Haslar Hospital

Lt-Cdr Ian Latimer with the stained glass window he made for Haslar Hospital
Lt-Cdr Ian Latimer with the stained glass window he made for Haslar Hospital
Waterlooville when it was simply  just Waterloo. Here we're looking south through the village. Wadhams and Michelin are still with us of course. Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Waterloo before the Ville was added

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A magnificent stained glass window was created for the Royal Navy Haslar Hospital, Gosport, by a man who learned the skills only one year earlier.

Lt-Cdr Ian Latimer knew nothing about the art of glass cutting until he took a weekend course.

But for the previous three months he had been making the elaborately-designed window to mark the centenary of the Royal Naval Sick Berth Branch.

It showed a navy medic helping a wounded colleague, supported by a huge hand rising from the sea with the sun setting in the distance.

Lt-Cdr Latimer, who was leaving the Royal Navy after 33 years, was presenting the window to the senior rates’ mess at Haslar.