The Bandy Papers
is a series of novels by British-Canadian author Donald Jack
chronicling the exploits of a World War I fighter ace named Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy
. Every book in the Bandy Papers series contains the word 'me' in the title as do many of the chapter titles which can also be interpreted as photo captions.
Bandy was born on July 14, 1893. Physically he is described as over 6 feet tall and with a face like a horse. His voice is high pitched and whiney and is said to resemble that of W.C. Fields, whom he once met. This combination seems to drive most people (and many animals) he meets to dislike him and as a result he has developed a 'stone face' to counter these attacks (a defense that often back-fires by inciting his enemies to greater levels of malice). His talents, although well disguised, are real and he has certainly been an influential (though minor) character in history.
Bandy was born and raised in Beamington, Ontario in the Ottawa Valley, where his father was a Minister. From his published papers he seems to have had a difficult time fitting in with his school mates. There is a reference in Me Bandy, You Cissie
that he was an invalid for a time during his childhood. He finished school and was at the University of Toronto Medical School when the First World War broke out.
Bandy volunteered for the infantry in 1916 after being kicked out of medical school and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Canadian Army. After spending some time in the... Read More