This popular World War Two song was written by Fred Godfrey (1880-1953). Born Llewelyn Williams in Swansea, prolific songwriter Godfrey actually wrote it in 1917. His grandson, Barry Norris of New Brunswick, Canada, has researched his life and work in considerable depth. Godfrey, he says, had the distinction of composing two of the Twentieth Century's most famous wartime singalong songs; the other was "Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty
Godfrey wrote "Bless 'Em All" while serving with the Royal Naval Air Service; it became popular with airmen at the end of World War One - the Great War as it was then known. At this time, songwriters in Britain and elsewhere did not always receive proper credit for their work. In the United States for example, A.P. Carter put his own name to "Wildwood Flower
," a song that had been written in 1860 by Joseph Webster and Maud Irving as "I'll Twine 'Mid The Ringlets
." Many of Godfrey's songs suffered the same fate.