Gurney, born in England, achieved fame as creator of the war-time comic strip "Bluey and Curley". The strip featured a pair of soldiers – Bluey, a Great War veteran who had re-enlisted, and Curley, a new recruit to the AIF.
Gurney was accredited as a war correspondent, and visited troops to ensure authenticity in his strip. In New Guinea he contracted malaria. Sent to England in 1946 for the Victory Parade, he had Bluey and Curley participating in that event.
He drew other strips earlier in his career – among them 'Ben Bowyang' for the Melbourne Herald.
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