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Budding Bairnsfather, Blighty Magazine and Cheery Tommy Atkins by Robert St.John Smith


[This article first appeared in the August 2023 issue of Stand To! No. 131]. My dissertation examined soldier–drawn cartoons to find out what they could reveal about not only how humour was employed as a coping mechanism, but also what they said about both popular culture and the image of ‘Tommy Atkins’. This was achieved by surveying 820 British …