those, from Burpham and Jacobs Well who gave their lives in the 1914-
‘Burpham Will Remember Them’
In the early 1900s Burpham was in the Parish of Worplesdon and together with Jacob’s Well was essentially one large, scattered, community.
‘The War to End All Wars’ -
‘We don’t want to lose you, but we think you ought to go’, sang music hall star Vesta Tilley in the Summer of 1914, when theatre stages became recruiting centres as young men, urged on by their girl-
The songs of the music-
The songs of the music hall became the songs of the battle-
When, in his most famous poem For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon wrote that ‘they went with songs to the battle’ he was stating the truth. ‘Pack up your Troubles’ was the defining song of the trenches, though in the harsh light of reality its message seems a bit like whistling in the dark.
As the war went on and year followed year, so the songs tended to change their mood. In 1918 it was Ivor Novello‘s first great hit, ‘Keep the home fires burning . . . till the boys come home’ that stirred the audiences’ hearts. The same shift occurred in the Second World War, from the confident ‘We‘re going to hang out our washing on the Siegfried Line‘ in 1939 to Vera Lynn‘s plangent voice assuring war-
Popular songs, in other words, captured very accurately the mood and heart of the nation. As they always have been, their trade secrets were smiles and tears.
a former Head of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC
|St Luke's Church|
|1920 Dedication Service Sheet|
|The War to End All Wars|
|The Tensions in Europe|
|Galant Little Belgium|
|The Home Front and the Long Haul|
|They went with songs to the battle|
|The Battle of the Somme|