Search

Elm Park painter inspired by grandad’s war stories

12:00 21 June 2014

Tony Gladman with some of his artwork

Tony Gladman with some of his artwork

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.”

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.

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.

Latest News Stories

18:57
Dover Corner roundabout under water. Picture: @J_Skorpio

Chaos ensues as heavy rain is thought to have caused a roundabout to flood in Rainham.

Tulisa Contostavlos pictured with Sarah O'Brien when she enjoyed a meal at the Shepherd and Dog in Harold Wood.

The “female boss”, Tulisa Contostavlos, made a surprising entrance when she showed up for a Friday night meal at the Shepherd and Dog.

16:07
Mayor, Cllr Linda Trew, with Stefania Rossi and the team at the Utopia re-launch

A beauty salon has been nominated for a top national award just weeks after relaunching.

15:14
Pc Zoe Thornton and Sgt Chris Toms (right) patrol outside Crownfield Junior School to keep children safe on the school run. Picture: Ajay Nair

Patrolling police officers want parents to put safety first during the school run.

Most read news

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

News from your area

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition

Fears over growing extremist threat that is expected to continue for several years.

Once inside, one man held a seven-inch kitchen knife to a victim’s throat while another threatened a second victim with a knife.

His lawyers want the case against him in South Africa dropped.

It’s that time of year again, who do you think should win the Sports Personality of the Year award?