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Bairnsfather, Bruce. 1887- / The Bystander's Fragments, No. 5 [selections, 1918-1919]

[Letter to Doctor Reddick from William Middleton] PDF (317.0 KB)



THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
STATE OF WISCONSIN GENERAL HOSPITAL
MADISON
MEOICAL DIVISION
April 21, 1939
Dr. George H. Reddick,
Wabeno, Wisconsin.
Dear Doctor Reddickt-
It was very good of you to think of me in connection with
your copies of Bairnsfather's cartoons of the war period.   I have had
many good laughs and relaxations over them, particularly the one in
which the shell hole in the wall of the billet is related to the
devastation of mice.   BAjt and Old Bill were two characteristics that
you might find in any baial  on.
Rumor hath it that Old Bill was a character in the Warwicks
that Bairnstather picked for his model.    urthero      the Tommies told
me that he became so tAsufferably conceited afterl all the publicity
that they could not live with him.    I was never able to confirm this
during my stay in the 4th Division.
Several years ago, in fact very shortly after the war, while
rummaging through Leary's old book stork in Philadelphia I picked up a
bound volume of these cartoons, so that I have had the opportunity to keep
my memories refreshed by turning back to them from time to time.
Thanking you kindly for your courtesy, I am
Sincerely yours,
WSX:j


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