Elm Park painter inspired by grandad’s war stories
- Credit: Archant
A painter inspired by his grandfather’s wartime stories will be holding his first exhibition.
Tony Gladman, 22, of Woodcote Avenue, Elm Park, has created 25 paintings dedicated to the Second World War that will be shown at the Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from July 29 to August 10.
Tony’s grandad, Stanley Hanchard, signed up for the Navy at the start of the war in 1939. He was 17 and not able to swim. He went into the Merchant Navy at 18. His role was blowing up shipwrecked vessels so they wouldn’t damage other boats. He was part of the Dunkirk rescue in 1940 and served as a gunner on several ships, including HMS Glendower, HMS President III and HMS Pembroke.
One of Stanley’s ships blew up. He had to hold onto shrapnel, but due to not being able to swim, could not do anything to stop a 17-year-old boy from drowning.
Tony said: “He didn’t tell many people that because I think it haunted him that he couldn’t do anything to help.”
You may also want to watch:
Stanley married his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Petrie, on shore leave in October 1941.
After being demobbed, Stanley became a butcher at Smithfield Market. He died, aged 84, in 2006.
- 1 Jailed man caught with knife in Stratford to be handed court order
- 2 Tom Hiddleston to appear as MCM Comic Con returns to ExCeL London in Royal Docks
- 3 Cause of death remains unknown after body found in disused Forest Gate pub
- 4 Forest Gate triple shooting: 'Safety is everybody's business,' councillor says
- 5 Worshippers at mosque in Upton Park aim to raise £35k for Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal 2021
- 6 Body found in derelict pub in Forest Gate
- 7 Hundreds arrested after police crackdown on county lines
- 8 Thames Barrier closing for 200th time amid potential east London flooding
- 9 Car abandoned after triple shooting and stabbing at Forest Gate barber
- 10 Westfield Stratford City reopens after shop fire caused by electrical fault
As well as telling his 10-year-old grandson stories, Stanley also showed Tony how to draw sketches of battleships.
Tony, an electrician, said: “I want to create a meaning behind each piece of work I do so it’s different and more than just a painting.”
Tony painted through school and college but now wanted to make it less of a hobby and more of a career.