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From The Great War 1914-1918

Cuthberts: A name in the war, coined by "Poy,"[1] the cartoonist of the Evening News, and colloquially adopted by way of contempt for fit men of military age, particularly in Government Offices, who had not been "combed out" for the Army. Also, for men who deliberately avoided military service such as conscientious objectors, etc. In Poy's cartoon the "Cuthberts" were represented as frightened looking rabbits.[2]

References / notes

  1. Born Percy Hutton Fearon on 6 September, 1874, in Shanghai to English parents, his pseudonym was a creation whilst living in New York. His friends pronounced his name Poycee (with that familiar New York twang) and the result, when shortened, became "Poy".
  2. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.69.

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