Averil Edith Thomas in Melton Mowbray - between late 19th Century and 1902

from Me: A Memoir, pages 16-17; 19:

[Averil Thomas’s elder brother William (Billy) drowned June 1902 aged sixteen. ‘The absent-minded beggar’ was written to raise money for soldiers fighting in the Second Boer War, 1899-1902, and their families. Sales of the poem/song, sheet music and related merchandise raised substantial sums]

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cite as

Averil Edith Thomas, Me: A Memoir. In Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiography, University of Brunel Library Special Collections, number 1:892, p. 16-17; 19. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1538754837283 accessed: 27 November, 2022 (Excerpts quoted by permission of the Burnett Archive.)

location of experience: Melton Mowbray


Averil Edith Thomas
school teacher, student teacher

Listening to

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'I'm a soldier of the Queen my lads'
written by Leslie Stuart
performed by William (Billy) Haigh
'God save the King' performed by Children
'[Goodbye] Dolly Gray'
written by Paul Barnes
'The Absent-minded beggar'
written by Sir Arthur Sullivan

Experience Information

Date/Time between late 19th Century and 1902
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 05 Oct 2018 16:53:58 +0100
Approved on Mon, 29 Oct 2018 14:28:41 +0000