George Henry Powell

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George Henry Powell
Also known asGeorge Asaf
Born(1880-04-27)27 April 1880
High St., St Asaph, Wales [1]
Died3 December 1951(1951-12-03) (aged 71)
Hove, East Sussex, England
Associated actsFelix Powell

George Henry Powell (27 April 1880 – 3 December 1951) was a Welsh songwriter who, under the pseudonym George Asaf, wrote the lyrics of the marching song "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag" in 1915.[2] The music was written by his brother Felix Powell, and the song was entered into a World War I competition for "best morale-building song". It won first prize and was noted as "perhaps the most optimistic song ever written".[3] Although Felix Powell was an enthusiastic Staff Sergeant in the British Army, George Powell was a pacifist, and became a conscientious objector when conscription was imposed in 1916.


  1. ^ Pack Up Your Troubles House wall plaque
  2. ^ George Asaf. "Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag" (1915)
  3. ^ National Theatre. "Pack Up Your Troubles". Accessed 18 May 2007

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