Graeme Hosken is editor of DIGGER magazine of the FFFAIF and is the author or co-author of several books on WWI, including ‘Digging for Diggers’. Tom Joy is a retired member of the Army Bands Corps with an interest in those who served in WWI as bandsmen and stretcher-bearers. This article has been extracted from the article of the same name in DIGGER Issue 34, March 2011 and re-printed with permission of the authors.
To answer this question, information has been drawn from the writings of C. E. W. Bean, Tony Sillcock, a national serviceman who ended up becoming the Music Director (Lt.Col.) of the Australian Army Band Corps, and Bob Keatch, ex-president of Australian Army Band Corps Association.