[Sheet music] I want to go home

Accession Number RCDIG0001309
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 387
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Sheet Music
Physical description 4 Image/s captured
Maker Rice, Gitz
Date made 1918
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Sheet music for the song titled 'I want to go home', with music and lyrics written by Lieutenant Gitz Ingraham Rice. This copy of the sheet music is the 6d (six pence) popular edition that was published by Herman Darewski Music Publishing Company in 1918.

The song is written from the point of view of a soldier who has had enough of the war and wants to go home. The lyrics describe his experiences, recalling illnesses, shelling and dealings with the mud and bad weather.

This copy of the music originally belonged to Private Ernest Alfred Nicholls and features his name stamped in the top right-hand corner of the front cover. It is part of a collection of sheet music that was donated to the Memorial in 1971, and is symbolic of the concerts, theatre and other musical performances that Australian soldiers took in whilst on leave in London during the First World War.

Gitz Rice was a Canadian singer, entertainer, songwriter and pianist who served as a gunnery officer with the First Canadian Contingent before joining a comedy troupe attached to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.