Bairnsfather Desk Ornament

Historical note: 

This ornament features "Old Bill", an incredibly popular cartoon that was developed by war cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather.

Bairnsfather served as a British soldier with a Machine Gun Unit during the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915, from which he was hospitalised with shell shock and hearing damage. He was then posted to the 34th Division on Sailsbury Plain. It was around this time that Bairnsfather came up with the character "Old Bill", for a series about life in the trenches. "Old Bill" featured in a weekly cartoon called 'Fragments from France' which was published by The Bystander.

Materials: 
Wood
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Location: 
England

On this day

On this day
11 December

1899— 29 NSW LANCERS were part of a British force which suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of the BOERS at MAGERSFONTEIN, South Africa

1918—  HMAS BRISBANE arrived in Sevastopol, Russia, in support of White Russian forces fighting against revolutionary Bolshevik forces

1952— Operation FAUNA began in Korea. This action was planned to take prisoners to find out more about recently arrived Chinese troops and to destroy enemy trenches. It was 1RAR’s last action of the Korean War

1969— HMAS JEPARIT was commissioned into the RAN to transport stores and equipment to Vietnam. The bulk carrier had been the subject of ongoing union action since August 1966.