WWI: Iconic Marching Song ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ Remade for Great War Centenary

The WWI song, Pack Up Your Troubles, which helped boost the morale of the soldiers during the Great War was remade by the military charity SSAFA in commemoration of the 100th year of the outbreak of the Great War.

The said remake was approved by Aubrey Powell, who is the grandson of George Powell, one of the composers of Pack Up Your Troubles.

According to the Mr. Powell, he is delighted with the SSAFA’s plan and is happy to be part of the new recording of the song. many have even hailed Pack Up Your Troubles as the viral hit of the Great War.

Mr. Powell added further that Pack Up Your Troubles has become of defining melodies of the 20th century and he felt great to be a contributory factor to its resurgence a century later.

The National Armed Forces Charity, known formerly as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, has recorded the almost century-old Pack Up Your Troubles which was originally written by Felix and George Powell.

Moreover, their music video featured veterans, active servicemen and members of the Military Wives choirs. Celebrities like TV presenters Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford as well as TV gardener and presenter Alan Titchmarsh were also involved in cameo roles.

For their part, the vice national chair of the charity, Kirsty Bushell, stated that the organization was thrilled when Mr. Powell gave his blessing for recording Pack Up Your Troubles in line with the Great war’s centenary.

Bushell added that the words of the song speak strongly of the people’s resilience, how even in the darkest times they were still able to smile, smile, smile as one of the lines of the song goes.

Pack Up Your Troubles stayed popular throughout the decades and is still earning royalties even up to this day. Additionally, it has been translated to several languages including German.

Even veteran singer Dame Vera Lynn, whose voice and songs were a hit during the Second World War, is all praises for this upbeat melody. According to her, Pack Up Your Troubles imbues a positive energy and that has helped greatly in boosting the morale not just of the soldiers during WWI but the home front as well. She, then, stated that its message is very relevant now as it was a century ago.


Heziel Pitogo

Heziel Pitogo is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE