Thomas Henry Rafferty, (my great uncle)
Proof found, Bairnsfather based Old Bill on Rafferty ww1,
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Rafferty’s Bordon camp 25.04.1908
Message in a bottle Sunday September 20th
Old Bill of The Better ‘Ole
PALLADIUM. TO-NIGHT advert.
The Soldier that made the Empire Laugh 1916
Bairnsfather’s Great War Character was once a Tramway Worker in Birmingham
Weekly Dispatch ”DISCOVERS THE ORIGINAL OF ”OLD BILL” ( newspaper copy)
Bairnsfather– Rafferty is the original Old Bill.
”Have I insulted The British Army ” Weekly Dispatch 5th August 1917
Bairnsfathers photo of men in trench 1914
Old Bill Handsworth Original of Bairnsfather Hero ( typed copy)
More facts & pic Thomas as bandsman.
Uneeda Film Service
Killed in action ( 25th APRIL 1915)
Go My Pal who is serving for King and Country
War memorials ww1 Birmingham
Ltr from Bruce Bairnsfather’s secretary
Historian’s lt plus typed copy.
Tonie and Valmai Holt’s ltr 22nd May 1990
Happy Group of Warwicks ! Picture World
Soldiers of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment
More Old Bill ( ltr by S Rollins Son )
Humour by artist
Mr. John Belcher