A Letter from Ulster
In 1942, shortly after Bruce Bairnsfather became attached to the US Forces based in Northern Ireland, a film crew from the Crown Film Unit, headed by Brian Desmond Hurst, visited the American soldiers to make a short documentary about them. The film they made, A Letter from Ulster, included a short scene in which Bruce Bairnsfather was seen sketching Sergeant Fred Schurke. The two men had first met 24 years earlier, when the cartoonist visited the American Army in France, in 1918.
Bruce Bairnsfather also wrote an article about his 'reunion' with Sergeant Schurke, published in the Daily Herald on 27 April 1942.
As Bairnsfather sketches Sergeant Schurke the two men reminisce about their time in the First World War.