Bruce Bairnsfather was the most loved and remains the most famous cartoonist of the First World War. His mix of stunning images and wry, humorous captions have shaped how we see Tommy spirit during the First World War. Captain Bruce Bairnsfather joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1914 and served with a machine gun unit until 1915 when he was hospitalised with shell shock after the Second Battle of Ypres. As he recovered, he revisited the trenches from his hospital bed through his amusing and richly detailed cartoons, which were published in The Bystander and he became one of the Tommies’ favourite cartoonists of the war. He became well-known in America during the Second World War, but it is for his Great War cartoons that he will always be remembered.
Author: Mary Evans Picture Library