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.

4 Comments

  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
    “Nettleinghame.”

    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.


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