Leslie Cole (1910–1977)

Cole trained as a mural decorator and fabric painter. He was a salaried war artist with an honorary commission as a captain in the RM. He travelled widely, recording the aftermath of the war in Malta, France, Greece, Germany and the Far East. He did not return to Britain until the spring of 1946, having witnessed the horrors of Belsen concentration camp and Japanese prisoner-of-war camps in Singapore.

Works featured in this exhibition

Burma - 14th Army: the battle of the Sittang Bend. Men of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment making an armed patrol Burma - 14th Army: the battle of the Sittang Bend. Men of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment making an armed patrol

British Women and Children Interned in a Japanese Prison Camp, Syme Road, Singapore British Women and Children Interned in a Japanese Prison Camp, Syme Road, Singapore