Science and art play an all-too-important role in war, providing the hardware of the munitions and building the propaganda to be on the right side of battle.
Until conscription was introduced in 1916, recruitment posters were an essential element in attracting young men to the armed forces during the ‘Great War’ of 1914-1918. Savile Lumley’s poster has become one of the best known because of its tone of emotional blackmail.
The idea was actually that of a printer, Arthur Gunn, who is reported to have imagined himself as the father in question. In fact, after having a sketch of the scene made up by Lumley in 1915, Gunn joined the Westminster Volunteers.
Other posters were more straight-forward.