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‘If you know a better hole’

Keith Gregson looks at the wartime role of ‘Old Bill’

Snippets of war

The wartime work of cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather has already turned up in a couple of past snippets. Both of these featured Bairnsfather’s legendary British Tommy – the walrus moustached ‘Old Bill’. The snippet for January 2015 showed Bill and a younger Tommy examining an empty tin can suggesting that ‘plum and apple’ jam was rarely seen ‘nowadays’ and must have gone to be used for munitions. Later In July we saw Bill sharing a trench with an American ‘doughboy’.

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Welcome to the Christmas issue of Family Tree – we’ve got festive family history treats galore in store for you. Dive into our delicious feast of digitised documents – rare historic collections for you to enjoy browsing and researching on your device. Enjoy some genealogy jollies: a family history crossword, quiz and memories of Christmas traditions from centuries past. And last but not least, this issue sees the launch of the Family Tree Academy – this is your opportunity to hone your family history skills. In part 1, this issue, we’ve got documents for you to decipher, old handwriting for you to transcribe and a research case study for you to pit your wits against. Join in with our learning experience today to become a better family historian!
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