Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?

Unit British Army
Place Europe: United Kingdom
Accession Number ARTV00433
Collection type Art
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Object type Poster
Physical description lithograph on paper laid down on linen
Maker Lumley, Savile
Parliamentary Recruiting Committee
Johnson, Riddle & Co. Ltd.
Date made 1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts a father sitting in an armchair with a look of concern across his face. His son plays with toys soldiers below him on the carpet, while his daughter sits on his knee, pointing to a page in her book and asking what he did in the Great War. Arguably the most remembered British First World War recruiting poster. It was recorded as a favourite with many soldiers, who displayed it, complete with appropriate answers, on the walls of their dugouts. Australia had its equivalent - Harry J Weston's poster incorporated a woman before a tattered Australian flag 'Were YOU there then?'.