Category Archives: Chas Grave

Punch Cartoon 116

This Punch cartoon was published on 3rd February 1915.

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Cartoon by Chas Grave

Published in Punch February 3rd 1915

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Punch Cartoon 106

Another cartoon from the 20th January 1915 issue of Punch, commenting on the relationship between Turkey and Germany.

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Cartoon by Chas Grave

Published in Punch January 20th 1915

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It is said that the situation shown in this first Punch cartoon was an actual one. According to a BBC article, “It didn’t help that recruitment officers were paid two shillings and sixpence (about £6 in today’s money) for each new recruit, and would often turn a blind eye to any concern they had about age… The rule of thumb seemed to be if the volunteer wanted to fight for his country and was physically fit enough to do so, why stop him? …

“But it wasn’t just in recruitment offices. The whole of society seemed to be complicit in sending these boys abroad to fight. Parents, headmasters, even MPs helped get underage lads into the army.There was collusion on all sides to get these boys and young men into the armed forces. Yet most people (including recruitment staff and parents) would have assumed the war would be over before any of them were ready to go overseas.”

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Cartoon by S Briault

Published in Punch 7th October 1914

These are two other cartoons from the same issue:

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Cartoon by Chas Grave

Published in Punch 7th October 1914

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Cartoon by E H Shepard

Published in Punch 7th October 1914

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The second full page political cartoon and several other cartoons all published in Punch on 23rd September 1914.

According to the Wikipedia  article on the British Expeditionary Force “Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, who was famously dismissive of the BEF, reportedly issued an order on 19 August 1914 to “exterminate… the treacherous English and walk over General French’s contemptible little army”. Hence, in later years, the survivors of the regular army dubbed themselves “The Old Contemptibles”. No evidence of any such order being issued by the Kaiser has ever been found. It was probably a British propaganda invention, albeit one often repeated as fact.”

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“The Great Illusion.”

Cartoon by Leonard Raven-Hill

Published in Punch 23rd September 1914

This cartoon is also by Raven-Hill:

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Cartoon by Leonard Raven-Hill

Published in Punch 23rd September 1914

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Artist’s signature cannot be deciphered

Published in Punch 23rd September 1914

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Cartoon by Shepperton (?)

Published in Punch 23rd September 1914

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Cartoon by Chas Grave

Published in Punch 23rd September 1914