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
25 June

1916 — PTE J. JACKSON won a Victoria Cross near Bois Grenier, Armentieres, France. He had entered the Army under-aged and after service on GALLIPOLI, he moved to France. His patrol entered enemy lines but then withdrew. Jackson moved from a safe position to recover wounded men until he was hit and subsequently lost an arm

1950 — The North Korean Peoples Army invaded South Korea, beginning the three-year-long Korean War