31. Famous World War 1 Cartoons ‘Fragments from France’

31. Famous World War 1 Cartoons ‘Fragments from France’

In Person

Show / Display

Elson Community Library and Hub, 136 Chantry Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4NG

Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, who served in France, became world-famous during the First World Warfor his ‘Fragments from France’ cartoons depicting life at the Front.
As the creator of Old Bill, a walrus moustachioed old soldier who appeared in many of his drawings, published weekly from1915, his cartoons caught the imagination of the men on The Front Line, and their families back home. He quickly became ahousehold name and the first published volume of ‘Fragments from France’ sold over a million copies. His cartoons were alsoreproduced on all manner of merchandise from postcards and playing cards to car mascots, jigsaws, handkerchiefs, and muchmore. There was even a range of Bairnsfather Ware china. Old Bill went on to appear in books, plays and films, and in 1919Bairnsfather was credited as “The Man Who Made the Empire Laugh in its Darkest Hour.
Allow 20 minutes to browse


Friday 10 September: 0930 – 1800
Saturday 11 September: 0930 – 1430
Monday 13 September: 0930 – 1800
Tuesday 14 September: 0930 – 1800
Wednesday 15 September: 0930 – 1800
Thursday 16 September: 0930 – 1800
Friday 17 September: 0930 – 1800
Saturday 18 September: 0930 – 1430


No Booking Needed – Just turn up and enjoy


Blue Badge parking directly outside. On-road parking available too.

Service dogs welcome



COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.



Richard Bourke





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