Exhibition celebrates Percy’s life

Percy's life in watercolours
Percy's life in watercolours

Bassetlaw Museum is celebrating the works of a man who fought in World War One.

Former Retford photographer and artist Percy S Laws served as a private in the Sherwood Rangers and recorded his wartime experiences in a series of water colours.

Percy’s war predominantly took place in Salonika, part of Greece and his experiences of sinking ships, dog-fighting bi-planes, cavalry troops and Greek

landscapes all feature in his works.

Curator of Bassetlaw museum, Sam Glasswell said: “We are extremely lucky to host this exhibition which is a poignant reminder of the personal experiences of ordinary men who returned from the war.

“Reproductions of the post-card sized original watercolours are being exhibited by kind permission of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry so that as many people a possible can enjoy the work of Percy.”

After leaving the Sherwood Rangers, Percy came to Retford and worked for a well-known local photographer. However, in the early 1920s Percy set up his own photography business in Carolgate.

He was also an important figure in civic life and was one of the founding members of the Rotary Club of Retford.

Percy’s War runs until Saturday October 8. The museum and gallery is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 4.30pm. Admission is free.