A 78 r.p.m. interlude

Simon Rees, blogging at Historical Eye, dedicates his World War I posts to his great-grandfather Alf Adams, who was a machine gunner and was killed in 1917 in the Gavrelle-Oppy sector, near Vimy. Before the war, Adams had a record company that produced 78 r.p.m. records.

At one of his other blogs, Simon links to a recording produced by the Coliseum Record Co. Listen to this:


To read more about British recording companies of the era, click:


Here’s the link to Simon’s posts about his great-grandfather:



“Oppy Wood, 1917,” by John Nash. Imperial War Museum.

Musical interlude!

In a discussion about Private Clancy of the CEF, who was briefly boosted from private to lance corporal, blogger Medic wrote:

Sometime soldiers were sent on course or permission for a few days or a few weeks, so they needed to be replaced if they were in charge of a group. Also it was not everyone who wanted or liked the promotion. The sergeant had to run from one shell hole to the other, much exposing themselves to enemy fire, many soldiers preferred to stay with the rank of private.

It made me think of this song: