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
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY