This website is owned and maintained by Mark Warby


Welcome to the official Bruce Bairnsfather

website, celebrating the work of the creator of the

immortal ‘Old Bill.’


The site includes material on all aspects of Bruce Bairnsfather’s career, from its beginnings in the First World War right through to the Second World War and beyond. You can discover how his “Fragments from France” cartoons started, and see examples of his cartoons published both in the UK and America. There are pages on the amazing number of collectables associated with Old Bill, and information on his various incarnations on stage and screen.


Find out how to subscribe to the Old Bill Newsletter, the official journal for Bairnsfather enthusiasts and collectors worldwide, and read about upcoming and past events relating to the cartoonist.


If you have any comments about the website content, or there is anything you would like to see added, please let me know.


Mark Warby







& Old Bill


Fragments from France

Bystander Merchandise

BB Books

Grimwades Bairnsfather Ware

Old Bill on Stage

Old Bill on the Screen

Old Bill Newsletter

News and Events

BB in WW2

Carry On



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