Stanley Warren

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Stanley Warren in Singapore, circa 1982

Stanley Warren (1917 England – 20 February 1992, Dorset England), a bombardier of the 15th Regiment of the Royal Regiment of Artillery was known for the Changi Murals he painted at a chapel during his internment in Changi prison in Singapore during World War II.

Early life[edit]

He was born in England and was a talented artist from a young age. Warren was educated at Hornsey College of Art.[1]

An artist before the war Warren was employed as a commercial designer producing poster ads with the Grenada organisation.

Changi internment and murals[edit]

Warren was interned during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. His murals were completed under difficult conditions of sickness, limited materials and hardships. With a message of universal love and forgiveness, they helped to uplift the spirits of the POWs and the sick who sought refuge in the prison chapel.

His five murals on the walls of St Luke's Chapel depict the biblical scenes of the Nativity, the Ascension, Crucifixion, Last Supper and Saint Luke in Prison.


The murals were discovered in 1958 and a search was made to find the artist. Warren was, by that time, an art teacher at Sir William Collins School, later South Camden Community School and currently Regent High School in Somers Town, north London. Warren had thought that the murals had been destroyed, but was shown a photograph of one of his murals in the Daily Mirror by a colleague at Barnsbury Central school, where he was the Art Teacher in 1957.

He was brought out to Singapore and restored the murals on several trips there.


  1. ^ Stubbs, P.W. (2003). The Changi Murals: The story of Stanley Warren's war. Singapore: Landmark Books. (ISBN 981-3065-84-2)

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