The Bloke Wot's Left Be'ind

Place Europe: United Kingdom, England, Wiltshire, Perham Downs
Accession Number AWM2016.30.25
Collection number 355
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Sheet Music
Physical description 6 Image/s captured
Maker Barker, Lois
Tarling, Percy
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
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Description

'The Bloke Wot's Left Be'ind - Monologue' was composed by Lois Barker, with words by Percy Tarling. This copy was published in 1916 by Francis, Day & Hunter, London. It was performed by Percy Tarling and Lois Barker in 'The Grumblers'. The portrait on the title page depicts Lois Barker and Percy Tarling. The lyrics of 'The Bloke Wot’s Left Be’ind' discuss being ineligible for enlistment on medical grounds, and facing the social stigma associated with shirking military service. It appeals to the audience to reserve judgement towards men who have not enlisted, as they may have tried but failed to meet physical fitness standards.
This copy of the music originally belonged to Private Ernest Alfred Nicholls and features his name at the top 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.