He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Warwickshire Regiment as a Machine Gun officer
until being invalided home in 1915 suffering from the effects of Chlorine gas & shell
shock sustained at Ypres. Posted to Divisional headquarters on Salisbury Plain he
started to draw his famous cartoons for the Bystander magazine. Now considered too
valuable an asset for troop morale he was dispatched to various fronts to record
the soldiers of other countries in action. Although he continued to publish ‘Old
Bill’ related material until his death, here I’m only showing those publications
directly related to the War.
Grant Richards, London 1916 & Putnam, New York 1917. 50,000 copies of the UK edition
were published followed by numerous reprints.
Bystander 1917. A compilation of the first 4 ‘Fragments’. below Putnam 1917.
Grant Richards, London 1919 & Putnam, New York 1919. Published too late & in far
fewer numbers than ‘Bullets’, this title is far scarcer, particularly in it’s jacket,
this being the only copy I’ve seen.
Hodder 1916, 1916 & 1917. Three of Captain A.J.Dawson’s volumes of War stories, illustrated
Below are the original wrappered issues of the 8 volumes of ‘Fragments’ published
by the Bystander between 1916 & 1919.