Kenneth J. Alford

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Kenneth J. Alford


Kenneth Joseph Alford is a pseudonym taken by Major Fredrick Joseph Ricketts (21 February 1881, London - 15 May 1945, Reigate, England).

As a composer Ricketts is best known for his marches, the most famous of which being Colonel Bogey. British officers of his day were not encouraged to pursue interests outside the Army so, as a lieutenant, he published works under a pseudonym. The first name, "Kenneth," was that of his eldest son, and the surname, "Alford", was his mother's maiden name. Alford is known as "The British March King."

Most of Rickett’s marches were composed during the decades of his appointment as bandmaster of the Second Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. As the dark clouds of World War II began forming on the horizon, he turned his energies toward helping the war effort the best way that he knew, composing marches celebrating the efforts of the gallant men defending Great Britain.

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