It was the outbreak of war in 1939, and shortly after losing his brother in action, My Grandad, Ronald David Stanton, volunteered at age 19 to join the Australian infantry and was shipped overseas for active duty on the front line with the 2/19th Battalion.
He was part of active fighting just prior to the fall of Singapore. Ron survived three-and-a-half-years as a prisoner of war, including a time in Changi Prison and the Burma Railway. He had many incredible and inspiring stories.
This is a picture of him leading the Anzac March at age 91, just 5 years ago. He was an amazing man and touched the hearts of many people. On this day, I will remember him. Lest we forget.
#RiverKwai#riverkwaibridge#BurmaRailWay#Thailand#Asia#TrainLover 🚂☀️ #EaternOrientalExpress @easternoriental 💕 #Wikipedia 👉🏿The famous bridge of the Burma Railway crosses the river at Tha Makham Subdistrict of the Mueang District. However, this is not the same bridge as depicted in The Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle and in its film adaptation. A bridge was built of wood approximately 100 metres (330 ft) upriver from the current bridge, during the construction of the iron and concrete bridge (which runs in a NNE-SSW direction) and also rebuilt in 1945 when the iron bridge was bombed. No remnants of the wooden bridge remain. That wooden bridge was also not the bridge depicted in the film as the river was not called the Kwai Yai at that time.
Ancestral Healing Costume for opa, part of Hinterland installation, 2017. Wool, charcoal, burnt silk, ship's compass holder, my grandfather's war medal, burnt rice, egg shells, found objects.
This piece tells the story of my Indonesian grandfather: His upbringing in Java as son of a concubine, his 3.5 years as a POW on the Burma railway, his unimaginable stories of survival, his"repatriation" to the Netherlands, his trauma and the ways this found its expression. This armour offers posthumous protection, and is my gesture of compassion & forgiveness.