Bruce Bairnsfather (1888 to 1959)
Bruce Bairnsfather was officially appointed British Officer Cartoonist. To many he became the ‘Man who won the 1914/18 War’. He created the best known cartoon character of the First World War – ‘Old Bill’, and became world famous for his cartoon captioned, ‘Well if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it’. His work can be found on plates, ashtrays and memorabilia. A southern showland family have owned a bronze mascot of ‘Old Bill’ since it became available on the 9th. May 1919. This mascot has adorned many a radiator cap on their transport over the years, and is pictured here on the firms’ Scammell Highwayman tractor. Any yes – ‘Old Bill’ STILL rides to the fairgrounds.
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