Lieutenant F.W. Nettleingham

In the Bookman for 1917 I’ve found a photo of a hero of mine – Lieutenant F. W. Nettleingham, the compiler of Tommy’s Tunes, the first and best collection of soldiers’ songs.nettleingham

The Bookman image was very dark indeed, so I’ve used a graphics programme to make him more visible. He looks just the jolly sort one might expect. He was in the R.F.C. hence the flying helmet and sheepskin (?) coat.


  1. Posted September 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    Is this song collection accessible now? With musical scores?

  2. Jonathan Lighter
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    See Google Books.

    Great photo, George.

    In spite of the caption and the title pages of “Tommy’s Tunes,” I believe that he spelled his name

    What little info I could find on him in postwar English papers suggests that he was a Cornishman. At least he was living in Cornwall.

    Unless there were two or more “F. T. Nettleinghames.”

    • Posted September 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      You’re right, Jonathan. I’ve found a 1919 piece in the Atheneum, signed Nettleinghame, about soldiers’ slang. In it he refers to his two books about songs -so it’s definitely the same person.

  3. Tony Nettleinghame
    Posted April 10, 2017 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Great picture of my grandad , first time I’ve seen this ! And to another comment, yes he added the ” e ” on nettleinghame.

    • Posted April 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for making contact. Can you tell us more about your grandfather?
      I recently wrote a long essay researching soldiers’ songs, and formed a huge respect for his early efforts in collecting.

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