First World War Murals

loos1Tucked away down a pend in the centre of Perth, a set of murals inspired by one soldier’s sacrifice illustrate both the brutality and comradeship of the First World War. Painted by Ian Cuthbert Imrie, the pictures commemorate the wartime service of his grandfather, Private John Hutchinson, of the Highland Light Infantry, who was killed in action on September 25, 1915, during the Battle of Loos, in France.

The biggest British attack of 1915, the battle to advance the Western Front was ultimately contained by the Germans, resulting in the loss of over 59,000 British men, more than double the number of enemy casualties.  The paintings, to be found on the wall down the alley adjacent to Perth’s Next store, are a sobering reminder of the horrors of war.

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