The ruddy platoon

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London
Accession Number AWM2016.30.21
Collection number 348
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Sheet Music
Physical description 5 Image/s captured
Maker Fisher, Howard
Tompkins, W.F
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copying Provisions Digital format and content protected by copyright.

Sheet music for the song titled 'Ruddy platoon', with music composed by Howard Fisher and lyrics written by Howard Fisher and W F Tomkins. Both men appear to have served in British forces during the First World War. The lyrics describe conditions faced by in the trenches for non-commissioned officers. Trench slang terms feature prominently.

This copy was published by E. Osborne & Co. Ltd. in 1917 and originally belonged to Private Ernest Alfred Nicholls. His name features on the front cover in the top right hand corner. Nicholls was a member of The Aussies and The Perham Stars concert parties during the First World War. This copy of the music has been pasted into a cover made from brown paper with title cut out and pasted on the front cover. Towards the back, are the typed lyrics for the song which have been annotated with the name of who will perform each verse. On the back cover is the music for 'God save the King'.

Captain Howard Fisher served in the British Army during the First World War with the Durham Light Infantry. Second Lieutenant W F Tomkins served with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) with British forces during the First World War.