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 Ronald “Carl” Giles

Ronald “Carl” Giles

Birth
Islington, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Death 28 Aug 1995 (aged 78)
Burial Tuddenham St Martin, Suffolk Coastal District, Suffolk, England
Plot pathside-near porch
Memorial ID 100045663 · View Source
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Cartoonist,Ronald Giles,famous as simply "Giles" is remembered for his work published in the British daily newspaper, the Daily Express.In April 2000, he was voted 'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century'.
He was the son of a tobacconist and a farmer's daughter. He was nicknamed "Karlo", later shortened to "Carl", by friends who decided he looked like Boris Karloff. After leaving school at the age of 14 he worked as an office boy for a film company in London's Wardour Street, before being promoted to animator for cartoon films. In 1935 he began working for director and producer Alexander Korda on a colour cartoon film with sound, The Fox Hunt.His cartoons appeared in the Daily Express newspaper and used his cartoon family to illustrate and comment on topics of the day. Notable is 'Grandma' seated with knitting. A bronze statue depicting Grandma looking up at the newspaper office window in Ipswich, England where he used to work Giles was rejected for war service, due to being blind in one eye and deaf in one ear following a motorcycle accident, but made animated shorts for the Ministry of Information, while some of his cartoons were reprinted in poster form for the Railway Executive Committee and others. In 1945 he became the Daily Express's "War Correspondent Cartoonist" with the 2nd Army.
At one point during World War II he was assigned as War Correspondent to the Coldstream Guards unit which liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Giles interviewed the camp commandant, Josef Kramer, who turned out to be aware of and an admirer of Giles's work. Kramer gave Giles his Walther P38 pistol and holster, a ceremonial dagger, and his swastika armband, in return asking for a signed original of Giles's work.
In 1959 he was awarded the OBE. Among his fans were the British Royal Family, who often requested the originals of his work.Giles finally quit working for The Daily Express in 1989; his cartoons had been allocated less and less space in the newspaper, and he said that the last straw was being stood up following a trip to London to lunch with the editor. He continued working for the Sunday Express until 1991.He never actually sold any of his creations, preferring to donate them to friends and to charitable organisations, like the RNLI, of which he was Life President and which continues to issue charity Christmas cards each year which bear his work.He also contributed cartoons to Men Only and other publications, drew advertising cartoons for Guinness, Fisons and other companies, and designed Christmas cards for the Royal National Institute for the Deaf.
Collections of Giles cartoons were produced annually from 1946.
Bibliography By Giles
Golden Jubilee Special Edition (2002)
Giles VE Day Cartoons (1995)
Fifty Years At Work (1994)
Fifty Years At The Express (1994)
Nurse! (1975)
Giles At War (1955)
Children by Giles (1955)
Cartoons from The Journalist (1948)
About Giles

Giles: a life in cartoons by Peter Tory (1992)
The Giles Family by Peter Tory (1993)
Giles At War by Peter Tory (1994)
The Ultimate Giles by Peter Tory (1995)
Grandma by Robert Beaumont (1999)
Giles: One of the Family: the life and cartoons of Carl Giles from his personal archive by Dr. Nicholas Hiley, British Cartoon Archive, University of Kent (2008)


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  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100045663
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald “Carl” Giles (29 Sep 1916–28 Aug 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100045663, citing St Martin Churchyard, Tuddenham St Martin, Suffolk Coastal District, Suffolk, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .