The Royal Zanettos
George, Pip, Arthur, Frank & Albert Bale
artistes of the golden age of music hall

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Reply The Music Hall Guild of Great Britain
3:33 AM on April 11, 2011 
Hi everyone!

Isn't this just an amazing website?

I wondered whether you all might like to know that our theatre charity have recently restored the former VABF memorial at Streatham Park Cemetery where the late great TOM LEAMORE, alongside a good 300 other Variety and Music Hall artistes are resting.

We we are currently researching all of these artistes in which to commemorate them in a permanent theatre exhibition in the former VABF chapel and also in a new Music Hall Database, which will hopefully be going live this month. These wonderful artistes made a great contribution to our cultural heritage and it is only right that we should remember them in this way. So, if anyone has any information and images on Tom Leamore that we could use, that would be fantastic!

Our theatre charity is dedicated to restoring and caring for the final resting places of Music Hall performers and as a registered charity and a non-profit making organization, volunteers and donations are always welcome! Why not become a friend?

website: www.themusichallguild.com

email: themusichallguild@btinternet.com
Reply Jane Koszuta
8:37 AM on December 17, 2010 
Hello John, Do you have an e-mail address please? It would be wonderful to hear more, particularly for Terri (a relative of yours, her grandmother was also Mary!). I do hope you will answer, Jane

John Peter Carr says...
Hi reading abou,t your story about Pip and Mary Fleming Mary was my grandmother and Tom Leamore my grandad , i have pictures of Tom through my mother , who was herself a professional dancer, i also old photos of various artists of that time. i new my grandad made the old 78s but he was more famous than i thought, i would like to hear more about him . Thaks John..
Reply xalonero
6:26 AM on December 17, 2010 
Apologies for the delay in replying to your post. I must clarify something: my g.grandmother was Rose Hamilton, not Mary Fleming. I had gathered that Tom was married before, but never realised that he married for a third time.
The 78s I have are " Percy from Pimlico", "Hi! Hi! Hi!" and " I used to be poor myself". For your information these and other songs are available for download on Spotify and itunes. The photos I have are unfortunately in the U.K. ( I live in Spain). I am due to visit in Febraury, so I will scan and post all relavant material with a brief explanation of who's who and when if possble. This visit will also give me the opportunity to pick my mothers brain and fill in a few gaps in the story hopefully. I also have photos of Barney, Auntie Molly and Norah (grandad's other sister). Unfortunately I don't remember Molly or Norah.
As a side note: Barney was a jockey in younger days. He moved to Dorset where he met and married my grandmother. He died of a heart attack in 1979 in Poole. I always remember him watching the racing with his form guide, smoking his Woodbines.
As far as Tom is concerned : He was born Thomas Lee in 1867 in Lambeth. He later ( I don't know when) legally changed his name to Leamore to use as a stage name. He married Rose Hamilton in June 1896 and Mary Fleming in December 1907. The details and chronology of of his stage career I have are at best patchy (perhaps you would be kind enough to help me there). He died in September 1939 and lies in Streatham Park Cementary amongst some of his contemporaries.
Upon my return from the U.K. I will happily share any information, photos or documents I uncover pertaining to Tom.
(David Leamore).
Reply Terri Allen nee Bale
10:54 AM on November 28, 2010 
I was very interested to see your comments as Tom Leamore was my father's step father and his mother was Mary Fleming (your g.grandmother).
Mary was his third wife, his first being Florrie Palmer, a serio and dancer ,who died in 1895. He then married Rose Hamilton but they were divorced.
I actually met uncle Barney a couple of times as a very small girl. The first time, when Dad took us up to London to visit his mother, and both uncle Barney & aunty Molly were there and then later some time when uncle Barney came to visit us in Petts Wood.
I have collected a great deal about Tom - reviews, adverts, programmes - including some beautifully illustrated song sheets and I have a CD with him singing 4 of his songs. Which ones have you got on 78's ?
The one thing I haven't got are any pictures and I only have one of Mary, so I would be very please to see any.

Terri

xalonero says...
It was very interesting to read a little family history. Tom Leamore was my Great grandfather. I have pictures of him and some of his old 78s. You can listen to some of his recordings online. Who was your father? Barney Leamore was my Grandfather. There is extensive info on Tom and his contemporaries if you are prepared to seach a little. I know that Tom was with actress Rose Hamilton. My Grandmother, who died just last year, always said that she could be difficult to get along with. (David Leamore).
Reply xalonero
12:19 PM on November 25, 2010 
John Peter Carr says...
Hi reading abou,t your story about Pip and Mary Fleming Mary was my grandmother and Tom Leamore my grandad , i have pictures of Tom through my mother , who was herself a professional dancer, i also old photos of various artists of that time. i new my grandad made the old 78s but he was more famous than i thought, i would like to hear more about him . Thaks John..


It was very interesting to read a little family history. Tom Leamore was my Great grandfather. I have pictures of him and some of his old 78s. You can listen to some of his recordings online. Who was your father? Barney Leamore was my Grandfather. There is extensive info on Tom and his contemporaries if you are prepared to seach a little. I know that Tom was with actress Rose Hamilton. My Grandmother, who died just last year, always said that she could be difficult to get along with. (David Leamore).
Reply David Badger
1:29 PM on October 23, 2010 
Can I just say I was thrilled to see the details and images of material relating to the Alhambra, Brighton as I am the Great great Grandson of George Badger who led the orchestra (as mentioned on the bill). Could I ask where you got these images of the playbill from as I would like to find more information on the Alhambra and maybe George too. Many thanks and congratulations on an interesting site.
Reply Valerie Bell
7:32 PM on September 18, 2010 
I have found your website fascinating but would like to add Arthur to your list of original Zanettos. I believe they fell out but he was definately in the troupe in the early days. I have photos of them together plus some pictures of Jessica in america with her new partner and troupe. Arthur Bale was my great uncle by marriage and after splitting from the Zanettos took the name of Professor Lerrano.
Reply Jill Bernadotte
4:04 AM on August 29, 2010 
Hello, my name is Jill Bernadotte and I am the Grand daughter of Georgina Poluski Waite -Gibbs. I spent several years of my childhood in the boarding house refered to and I remember Uncle Sammy and Aunt Marion (as we called them) very well. The address was 19 Church Walk. Sammy's youngest sister was Aunt Ida, we called her Idi and she lived some of the time with us later on. I have programs and photos of them all traveling in various parts of the world, including South Africa, South America and Holland. With Best wishes Jill
Reply James Morton
3:24 AM on August 26, 2010 
A lovely collection Jane and clearly a labour of love

Jx
Reply John Peter Carr
10:04 AM on August 15, 2010 
Hi reading abou,t your story about Pip and Mary Fleming Mary was my grandmother and Tom Leamore my grandad , i have pictures of Tom through my mother , who was herself a professional dancer, i also old photos of various artists of that time. i new my grandad made the old 78s but he was more famous than i thought, i would like to hear more about him . Thaks John..