Les and his boys

Acrylic on linen

100 x 100cm

Lynne Mullane

My painting depicts an imagined encounter between my grandfather, Charles Leslie Webster (Les), a Light Horseman who served in World War I and three of his five sons, who were part of the Second Australian Imperial Force in World War II. Les is the tall proud figure at the back embracing his sons (from the left) Roy John Webster, Charles James Webster (Jim) and my father Lorne Leslie Webster. I don’t know if the brothers trained together or met up during their war years because my father was part of the generation who didn’t talk about their war experiences. Jim, although now very frail is still a proud veteran. I like to imagine Les and his boys as young courageous men, happy to be in uniform and ready to serve.