Monday, 31 January 2011

Fougasse (1887-1965)

Fougasse, Punch, 27th February 1957.
Fougasse (real name, Cyril Kenneth Bird) was both a Punch cartoonist and later its art editor. We can only guess what his audience here was watching. The 1957 version of Lark Rise to Candelford perhaps?

During the First World War, Fougasse served with the Royal Engineers as Lieutenant Cyril Kenneth Bird. The obverse and reverse of his medal index card (below) show that he arrived overseas on the 13th November 1915 and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and British War and Victory Medals which he applied for in 1920. (Officers had to apply for medals whereas those for Other Ranks were automatically sent). Fougasse was also entitled to wear the Silver War Badge and this was sent to him at Morar Lodge, Morar, Inverness-shire.

There appears to be a surviving service record at The National Archives, reference WO 339/29686.

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