Old Bill is a fictional character created in 1914 / 1915 by British humorist and cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather. Old Bill, is an elderly pipe-smoking British “Tommy” (soldier) with a walrus mustache and a trademark balaclava. He made his weekly appearances in “The Bystander” magazine, in a strip called “Fragments from France”, after Bairnsfather was specifically commissioned by the publication.
Understanding the 1914 Christmas Truce
A Memory of Christmas 1914 Bruce Bairnsfather illustrated his detailed account of the truce with this cartoon in his 1916 memoirs ‘Bullets and Billets’ and captioned it: ‘A memory of Christmas, 1914: “Look at this bloke’s buttons, ‘Arry. I should reckon ‘e ‘as a maid to dress ‘im” ‘