William Hargreaves

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William Hargreaves (1880–1941) was an English composer, mainly of songs for the music hall. His most famous composition was Burlington Bertie From Bow[1] in 1916 but he also wrote Delaney's Donkey,[2] I Know Where the Flies Go, PC 49, We All Went Marching Home Again, They Built Piccadilly For Me and Give My Regards to Leicester Square.

Hargreaves is also sometimes credited with several songs for Billy Williams, including Postcards (1908); and I Must Go Home Tonight (1909).[3]

His It’s The Old Army Game was added to the originally American musical Poppy when it was performed in London stage in 1924.

He was married to the American singer and male impersonator Ella Shields[4] from 1906[5] to 1923, when she was granted a divorce. William Hargreaves also wrote "Burlington Bertie from Bow", he wrote this for his wife Ella Shields to sing at the music halls.[6]


  1. ^ Sheet music Accessed 1 November 2011
  2. ^ Sheet music Accessed 1 November 2011
  3. ^ Site listing collaborators of Fred Godfrey
  4. ^ Travanche web-ste Accessed 1 November 2011
  5. ^ England & Wales marriages 1837-2008: Volume 1D,page 840, line 150
  6. ^ The Times (London, England), 8 May 1923, p. 5