Dolly Gray

Discussion in 'The Quarterdeck' started by dustyjack, Feb 22, 2007.

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  1. Need some help please lads and lasses. I have been tasked with finding out the origin of the nicknmae "Dolly" for anyone with the surname of Gray. Anyone have any ideas? I have had a quick look around the net but not found anything.
  2. I think it might be from the (early) First World War song, Goodbye Dolly Gray. Google will give you the whole song, but the chorus is:

    Goodbye Dolly, I must leave you,
    Tho' it breaks my heart to go.
    Something tells me I am needed at the front to fight the foe.
    See the soldier boys are marching,
    And I can no longer stay.
    Hark! I hear the bugles calling,
    'Goodbye Dolly Gray, Gray! Gray!

    I say early First World War because the songs got less patriotic when thousands of troops had died at the Front.
  3. Thats what I like about this place, there is always SOMEBODY out there whop knows the answer. Cheers Wardmaster :lol:
  4. Does anyone happen to know the origins of Crash Evans? My old man said it came from a pilot that tried to fly through the gates of his establishment and, well, crashed.
  5. Think this may be the origin? Clicky
  6. You're telling me my nickname has an Australian backgroung? Not having it, must search more......
  7. I think you'll find it was a music hall song from the Boer War, around the turn of the (last) century.

  8. Yes! Just googled "Dolly Gray" and was able to listen to a 1901 recording made by Harry McDonough. So, Dustyjack, you'll be able to learn the tune as well and impress your oppos!!
    Best of luck,

  9. What a cop out!!
    I set him that task so he goes running to rum ration!!!
    You will have to try harder next time dusty jack no brownie points for you!!
    a disgusted OH!!
  10. It's called initiative itsmed.

  11. Whilst we are on the subject, anyone know the origin of basher briggs?

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