‘Heroes of the Dardanelles’
The Gallipoli campaign inspired a number of patriotic songs like this one, that helped to build the Anzac legend back home and give Australia an independent identity from Britain.
Production Company: Zonophone, UK
Credits: Performer: Foster Richardson, Composer: Reginald A.A Stoneham
Source: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Catalogue Reference: 290701 Heroes of the Dardanelles; We’re Coming Home
Location: Gallipoli, Turkey
Image Title: Screenshot: The Hero of the Dardanelles (Dir. Alfred Rolfe; 1915)
Image Source: National Film and Sound Archive title: 648063
‘Heroes of the Dardanelles’ was written in 1915 by Australian composer Reginald Stoneham, The Sydney Morning Herald described it as ‘a patriotic song which possesses a good deal of character in the opening strain’. The song references other songs popular with Australian and British soldiers at the time - ‘Australia Will Be There’ and ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.’
The sheet music included the following note and additional lyrics: ‘Author’s Note - If England’s still at war with Germany, if Encore demanded, sing the following lines starting from (A) and also refrain – The lion and his fighting cubs are driving back the hun, the boys out there, they need you, and they wonder if you’ll come, go now, avenge the pals you knew, they’re calling for you there, your watchword, and one we all love well, Advance Australia Fair.’
This recording, made in the United Kingdom by English radio and concert singer Foster Richardson, was released on the Zonophone record label in 1917.
To arms, ye sons of the Empire!
The foe is at the gate,
With sword, and fire, and murder,
Aflame with undying hate
Our gallant boys were fighting 'midst the poison, shot and shell,
Hill Sixty and the crimes at sea were culled from deepest hell,
The blood of little children, and the lives of friends we knew,
Called for vengeance, and it called to you
The call - it came for men and guns, to fight a mighty foe;
We sent a hundred thousand men - they volunteered to go
They sailed away so bright and gay, with drums and trumpets’ blare,
All singing "Tipperary” and "Australia Will Be There"
Our nation mourns with pride,
Her heroes who have died
They were sons of Australia,
Steady and strong,
True to our country, righting a wrong,
And they proved their bravery,
As history now tells,
When they fought and died like heroes,
In that charge at the Dardanelles