[Sheet music] Hymn for Absent Soldiers and Sailors

Accession Number RC10519
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 34
Collection type Published Collection
Measurement Overall: 21 cm x 14 cm
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Ingoldby, M
Homfray, L E
Homfray, L E
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made c.1915
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Recording provided for personal, non-commercial and commemorative use. Permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use. Attached digital images provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Sheet music for the song titled 'Hymn for absent soldiers and sailors', with lyrics written by Lucy Homfray and music composed by Maud Ingoldby. This is a single page score of a composition for voice and piano that was sold to raise money for the Red Cross Fund. It was published by the ABM Office in Sydney.

This piece was first advertised in Australian newspapers on 30 July 1915 when it appeared in The Southern Mail, Bowral, New South Wales. The review of the music reported that it was 'well worth the small sum of one penny' and 'the earnest words and simple, well-harmonised setting render the hymn well suited to singing in church or at any gathering at which our brave defenders are remembered in prayer.' At that time, approximately 3 000 copies had been sold.

Lucy Everett Homfray wrote several poems and verses during the First World War. During this period she also compiled booklets such as 'Voices of Anzac' and 'Somewhere in France' which were sold to raise money for the War Chest Fund. She lived in the Sydney suburb of Lindfield.

Maud Ingoldby lived at Bowral, New South Wales, during the First World War period.

Towards the bottom of this page is a sound recording of this sheet music, or a parody, that was created as part of the Music and the First World War project. More information about this recording, including names of the performers, can be found on the catalogue record for the sound recording. A link to the catalogue record for the sound recording can be found at the bottom of this page, under the heading ‘Related objects’ where it can be identified with the prefix [sound recording].