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The Boers have got My Daddy (TOP5)

The Boer or South African War between Britain and the Boer Colonies of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State was declared on 11 October 1899. Within 4 weeks, the nascent Gramophone company released a number of patriotic recordings. The most famous of these was a poem, written by Kipling and put to music by Arthur Sullivan entitled The Absent Minded Beggar. In conjunction with The Daily Mail, a fund was set up to support soldiers families during the War. As the war continued there was a progressive change of mood, and in 1901 the recording of The Boers have got my Daddy was issued:

'The Boers have got my Daddy
My soldier Dad;
I don't like to hear my Mammy sigh,
I don't like to see my Mammy cry;
So I'm going in a big ship
Across the raging main,
And I'm going to fight the Boers, I am,
And bring my Daddy home again!'

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God save the Queen
Oh Mr Soldier Man
Charles Foster
The Absent Minded Beggar
Another Little Patch of Red
Under the same Old Flag
The Boys that mind the Shop
Soldiers of the Queen
Irishmen must be there
Our Jack's come Home Today
Private Tommy Atkins
The Soldiers in the Park
When the Boys come Home once more
The Absent Minded Beggar
What do You think of the Irish?
Sons of Our Empire
Some Mother will lose a Son
Boys of the Old Brigade
Break the news to mother
The Holy City
The Boers have got my Daddy
Dolly Gray
Wait a Week or Two (Talking)
True till Death
A Pattern to the World
The Bally Bull Dog
Wrap Me up in my Old Stable Jacket
Good Old London Town Girl
Sons of the Motherland
The Old Brigade
God save the King
The Boer National Hymn

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