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Old Bill kneeling in front of the Cenotaph in Whitehall
Old Bill kneeling in front of the Cenotaph in Whitehall
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Wartime Toby jugs, WW1
Wartime Toby jugs, WW1
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6 Bruce Bairnsfather postcards
6 Bruce Bairnsfather postcards
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Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather
Things That Matter, by Bruce Bairnsfather
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Well, if you Knows of a Bette ole, Go to It
Well, if you Knows of a Bette ole, Go to It
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Cheese dish - Bairnsfatherware
Cheese dish - Bairnsfatherware
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Another Maxim Maxim'by Bairnsfather
Another Maxim Maxim'by Bairnsfather
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Captain Bairnsfathers first meeting with Old Bill, WW1
Captain Bairnsfathers first meeting with Old Bill, WW1
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A Miner Success by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
A Miner Success by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
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Ta Poster/Bairnsfather
Ta Poster/Bairnsfather
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Well, if you knows of a better ole, go to it
Well, if you knows of a better ole, go to it
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The Thirst For Reprisals, by Bruce Bairnsfather
The Thirst For Reprisals, by Bruce Bairnsfather
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Captain Bairnsfathers first meeting with Old Bill, WW1 Featured Print

Captain Bairnsfathers first meeting with Old Bill, WW1

This historic incident took place during the first battle of Ypres, but the Censor held stern views about battle pictures in those days, so that it is only now that we are happily able to place it upon record in print. Cartoon by Bernard Hugh recording the (fictional) first meeting of fellow cartoonist, Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, with the character who would make his name - "Old Bill'. Hugh pays a homage to Bairnsfather's most famous cartoon - The Better Ole. Date: 1919

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Design by Bruce Bairnsfather
Design by Bruce Bairnsfather
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Bruce Bairnsfather merchandise
Bruce Bairnsfather merchandise
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Cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather
Cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather
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One of Our Minor Wars, by Bairnsfather
One of Our Minor Wars, by Bairnsfather
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Obviously! by Bairnsfather
Obviously! by Bairnsfather
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His Fatal Beauty, by Bairnsfather
His Fatal Beauty, by Bairnsfather
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Things that Matter
Things that Matter
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A War of Exhaustion by Bruce Bairnsfather
A War of Exhaustion by Bruce Bairnsfather
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The New Submarine Danger by Bairnsfather
The New Submarine Danger by Bairnsfather
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Those Superstitions by Bairnsfather
Those Superstitions by Bairnsfather
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My Dug-Out A lay of the trenches by Bruce Bairnsfather
My Dug-Out A lay of the trenches by Bruce Bairnsfather
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How WWI was fought
How WWI was fought
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How WWI was fought Featured Print

How WWI was fought

"As it is for most of us" World War I was a slog, described by many as "90% routine and 10% terror." Although soldiers lived with death every day, for the most part, major battles were few and far between, and sometimes it was the dread and anticipation of what was to come that was most psychologically damaging, especially for inexperienced new recruits. When an offensive did come, nobody could predict the ferocity or the outcome. Despite commanders hopes that attacks might take place in an orderly formation, most were a chaotic scrum of noise, smoke, screams and shell fire, as summed up by Bairnsfather's loose, vigorous penmanship. Date: 1916

© Illustrated London News/Mary Evans

That Evening Star-Shell, by Bruce Bairnsfather
That Evening Star-Shell, by Bruce Bairnsfather
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The Dud Shell , by Bairnsfather
The Dud Shell , by Bairnsfather
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Situation Shortly Vacant by Bairnsfather
Situation Shortly Vacant by Bairnsfather
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In the support trench by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
In the support trench by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
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Cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather in the style of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Cartoon by Bruce Bairnsfather in the style of Egyptian Hieroglyphs
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Bruce Bairnsfathers Cottage Memorial, St Yvon, Belgium
Bruce Bairnsfathers Cottage Memorial, St Yvon, Belgium
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Bruce Bairnsfather drawing 1939
Bruce Bairnsfather drawing 1939
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Armistice Day procession, London, 11 November 1918
Armistice Day procession, London, 11 November 1918
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Old Bill and Co., October 1940
Old Bill and Co., October 1940
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Old Bill at Madame Cheerios, by Bairnsfather
Old Bill at Madame Cheerios, by Bairnsfather
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Those Medals! by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
Those Medals! by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
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Anglo-Saxon by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
Anglo-Saxon by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
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Those Medals! by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon Featured Print

Those Medals! by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon

Sad, but true, and apparently unavoidable. A cartoon by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather published in The Bystander commenting that while acts of bravery during war often went unrecognised, staff officers were frequently given medals and awards. The top picture shows a lone officer holding off a group of German soldiers on his own, while the bottom picture shows a staff officer, comfortably well away from the front line (and, according to Bairnsfather, in charge of the notorious plum and apple jam) receiving notice of his impending award. Date: 1919

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Can-Tankerous by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
Can-Tankerous by Bruce Bairnsfather, WW1 cartoon
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Bystander masthead featuring Old Bill
Bystander masthead featuring Old Bill
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Flying Colours, Hippodrome Theatre, London
Flying Colours, Hippodrome Theatre, London
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Bystander cover - Bruce Bairnsfather, Armistice Day
Bystander cover - Bruce Bairnsfather, Armistice Day
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Old Bill and Co., August 1940
Old Bill and Co., August 1940
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Old Bill and Co., July 1940
Old Bill and Co., July 1940
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Old Bill and Co
Old Bill and Co
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Old Bill and Co., September 1940
Old Bill and Co., September 1940
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The Better Ole, by Bairnsfather and Eliot, WW1
The Better Ole, by Bairnsfather and Eliot, WW1
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Bruce Bairnsfather Fragments from France exhibition, 1916
Bruce Bairnsfather Fragments from France exhibition, 1916
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Bruce Bairnsfather, The Herald of the Dawn
Bruce Bairnsfather, The Herald of the Dawn
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Photo of Carry on, Sergeant by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
Photo of Carry on, Sergeant by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather
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