[Sheet music] Oh! It's a Lovely War

Accession Number RC10990.024
Collection number Sheet Music Collection 505
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 28.1 cm x 22.6 cm
Object type Sheet Music
Maker Long, J P
Scott, Maurice
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

Sheet music for the song titled 'Oh! It's A Lovely War', is written and composed by J P Long and Maurice Scott. This song is part of a compilation album of sheet music titled 'Songs That Won The War' and published as 'Daily Express Community Song Book No 3'.

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].

History / Summary

This song was known of by Australian service personnel during the First World War period. Vivian Noble, who served with the Australian Army Ordnance Corps mentioned this song in a diary entry dated 28 September 1918, where he used the song title in relation to something he had observed. The diary entry talks about a noticeboard in the village of Villers-Carbonnel, near Peronne, France. Noble comments that someone had written on the noticeboard, 'This was Villers-Carbonnel'. Noble mentions that there were many places across France and Belgium in similar situations to Villers-Carbonnel and concludes the entry with 'Oh yes – it’s a lovely war'.