1915-16 Old Bill
cutting the hair of a comrade in the trench.
's popularity endured until the start of the second world war.
In 1926, Warner Brothers released The Better 'Ole, a film starring Syd Chaplin (Charlie's brother) as Old Bill
. It was based on a play of the same name by Bairnsfather and Arthur Eliot.
On The Spot AND so it came about that Old Bill
and I went off on a recent morning to form our own first-hand impressions of the new Militia.
was depicted as a mature, British 'Tommy' with a walrus moustache.
But old Bill
would surely be the go-to man for any post-match 'choons'.
Another is that it refers to a popular sergeant from the 1860s called Bill Smith, or Old Bill
. The most likely explanation is that it derives from King William IV (1830-37), shortened to Bill, who was monarch when the first modern police force was created.
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DON'T be a sitting duck - that's the message from the 'old bill
' as they launch a quacking new campaign against car crime.
Shane immediately falls foul of local chief of police, Old Bill
(Steve Bisley), and his deputy Jim Barlow (Kevin Harrington), who view the young whippersnapper with disdain.
The star of BBCWales' High Hopes and Satellite City won the role of a pirate called Old Bill
in the fourth instalment of the Disney film.
An officer in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1914-15 he said that out of the misery of that conflict, was born one of the world's most famous cartoon characters - the stoical soldier from the Midlands that he decided to christen 'Old Bill
' thearchetypal 'tommy'.