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
17 January

1917 — 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, sailed for France. This was the last AFC Squadron formed in WW1 and began active service over the Western Front in the Battle of Cambrai

1945 — Battle of TSIMBA RIDGE, a strongly fortified Japanese position  in the north of Bougainville

1991 — Coalition air attacks began against Iraqi forces in IRAQ and KUWAIT, marking the beginning of the GULF WAR, which ended when Iraqi forces were driven from Kuwait