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Famous World War 1 Cartoons ‘Fragments from France’ (Event from 2021)

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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 War for 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 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.

His cartoons were also reproduced on all manner of merchandise from postcards and playing cards to car mascots, jigsaws, handkerchiefs, and much more. There was even a range of Bairnsfather Ware china.

Old Bill went on to appear in books, plays and films, and in 1919 Bairnsfather was credited as “The Man Who Made the Empire Laugh in its Darkest Hour”.

Allow 20 minutes to browse


Please note that this is an event from 2021


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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