WWI Cartoons: ‘Fragments of France’ (Event from 2019)

WWI Cartoons: ‘Fragments of France’ (Event from 2019)

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Show / Display

The Alverbank Country House Hotel, Stokes Bay Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2QT

Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, who served in France, became world-famous during the First World War for his ‘Fragments from France’ cartoons depicting life at the Front. Enjoy the humour in this display about his work.

As the creator of Old Bill, a walrus moustachioed old soldier who appeared in many of his drawings, published weekly from 1915, his cartoons caught the imagination of the men on The Front Line, and their families back home. He quickly became a household name and the first published volume of ‘Fragments from France’ sold over a million copies.

In 1919 Bairnsfather was credited as “The Man Who Made the Empire Laugh in its Darkest Hour.”

Allow 20 mins.


Please note that this is an Event from 2019


No Booking Needed – Just turn up and enjoy


Some free parking by hotel, especially suitable for disabled or elderly visitors. Also lots of ‘pay to park’ spaces on the main bay road. Close to X5 and 9/9a bus routes. The Alverbank offers a wide range of refreshment/food throughout this time. Bar snacks, full meals, afternoon teas, and delicious ice creams are all available to purchase.




Please note that the Gosport printed programme shows times on Fri 20th & Sun 22nd incorrectly. It is 1100 – 1500 on both those days.


Richard Bourke and the Alverbank Hotel




MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

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