An exhibition of photographs of 200 Burma Veterans by photographer Wendy Aldiss is in St John’s until 7th July, and is open on Mondays – Saturdays between 10am and 4pm.
The photographs of 200 Burma veterans and their memorabilia, including veterans in both UK and Burma (now Myanmar), were taken in 2015 by photographer Wendy Aldiss to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the ending of World War II. For Wendy there was a very personal connection to the photography project because her father was part of 2nd Division in Burma in WWII.
Wherever possible, for each UK veteran, Aldiss created a set of three images consisting of a formal portrait, an informal portrait, and a still life of their wartime mementos. For some the full set could not be shot due to age and the passing of time but each Veteran has a portrait and a note of their involvement in Burma (now Myanmar) and every veteran Wendy photographed during 2015 is represented in some way at this exhibition. The Veterans belonged to all regiments, squadrons, columns, units and fleets in that region, some of which have been disbanded long ago.
The Forgotten Army
British and Allied forces who fought in the Burma campaign during World War Two were up against a formidable enemy in the Japanese. They were also up against the jungle, the heat, lack of rations, antiquated equipment, the monsoons, malaria and other illnesses. Many were between 18 and 21 years old. Casualties on both sides were in the hundreds of thousands. When the ‘victors’ returned to Britain their achievements were always in the shadow of those who had fought in the European campaigns and they were dubbed “The Forgotten Army”.
The exhibition is supported by:
Peterborough Lions Club,
Peter Brotherhood Ltd,
RAFA Peterborough Branch,
The Tony Rampton Trust