Aug 15, 2014

The lighter side of life in a Japanese PoW camp Artwork (60 Pics)

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

Lost artworks by a British soldier have revealed the lighter side of life in a notoriously grim Japanese Prisoner of War camp.

Lance bombardier Des Bettany, from Burnley, Lancashire, was trapped at Changi Prison in Singapore for three years, where he painted comrades working, bickering and singing in the bath to keep up morale.
He fashioned a paintbrush out of human hair and bamboo cane, used coloured soil mixed with rice water for paint and scraps of toilet paper were turned into a canvas.


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