Dora Hannan in Portsmouth - between 1914 and 1918

from Those Happy Highways: an autobiography, page 25:

There was a one song which we children sang during [World War I], in addition to the choruses which the troops marched to, such as “Tipperary”, “Pack up your troubles”, “Long, long trail”, Madamoiselle from Armentieres” and many others; our speciality went as follows to the tune of "Pretty Red Wing”,


"When the moon shines bright on Charlie Chaplin,

His boots are cracking

For the want of blacking,

And his little baggy trousers they want mending

Before they send him to the Dardanelles.” 

cite as

Dora Hannan, Those Happy Highways: an autobiography. In Brunel University, The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:357, p. 25. accessed: 13 July, 2024

location of experience: Portsmouth


Dora Hannan

Listening to

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Children's singing performed by Children

Experience Information

Date/Time between 1914 and 1918
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others


"Pretty Red Wing" was a popular song written in 1907. The music by Kerry Mills was adapted from Robert Schumann's piano composition "The Happy Farmer, Returning From Work" (1848).

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:46:03 +0100
Approved on Tue, 07 Aug 2018 11:12:40 +0100