WWI Cartoons: ‘Fragments of France’ (Event from 2017)


WWI Cartoons: ‘Fragments of France’ (Event from 2017)

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The Clarence Tavern, 1 Clarence Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 1BB

WW1 Cartoons – Bruce Bairnsfather and ‘Fragments from France’

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.” View the display boards about these amusing images whilst enjoying your favourite tipple.

Displays kindly loaned by Mark Warby of the Bruce Bairnsfather Society.

The Clarence Tavern is one of the oldest “Coach Houses” in the South of England and one of Gosport’s original watering holes. It is well known for a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and its great range of real ales brewed locally. Your hosts say “You may enter a stranger, but you will leave a friend.”


  • Thursday 7 September: 1400-2300
  • Friday 8 September: 1400-2300
  • Saturday 9 September: 1400-2300
  • Sunday 10 September: 1400-2300


No Booking Needed


There is parking, including Blue Badge spaces in Clarence Road. Charges may apply.




Visitors may also be interested in the Heritage Quiz at The Clarence Tavern on Thurs 7th September from 2000 – 2100.


Richard Bourke and The Clarence Tavern



MAP/DIRECTIONS (Approximate)

The Clarence Tavern is situated within a 5 minute walk of the town centre and the Gosport ferry.


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