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Terris and Romaine

My great uncle Jack Terrisfield was half of a successful vaudeville act, Terris and Romaine, which performed in Music Halls throughout the country and beyond.  During the First World War years they performed in more than 500 performances for wounded soldiers. 

Trained in Brighton, Jack first appeared in Con Conrads Minstrels, at one point part of an act as ‘Jews in kilts’. Teaming up with a talented pianist, Martin Romaine, they formed a partnership calling themselves Terris and Romaine and became increasingly popular, appearing at one time on the Bill with Sarah Bernhardt. They also provided entertainment for wounded soldiers from 1914 until 1918. His mother had kept these press and newspaper cuttings throughout Jack’s career.  As you can see from the playbills the pair went from performing in a Minstrel group to becoming head-line acts.

Jack, as well as having had rheumatic fever as a child, also caught Malaria when he toured in South Africa, Jack was therefore unable to serve in the armed forces.  Martin Romaine on the other hand was conscripted and was killed in France on 9th April 1917; when he went abroad Jack found another musician to replace him, but kept the name of the act.    During a season in Ireland Jack fell ill with flu and died on 29 June 1918. He is buried in Cork cemetery.  

Lola Fraser

  • 1903 Hove Academy of Music
  • 1903 Hove Academy Pupils' Concert
  • 1903 Jack as a student of Mr Quirke
  • 1903 Emmanuel Church Literary Soc. Brighton
  • 1913 Kings Theatre as part of Con Conrads Minstrels
  • 1913 Olympia
  • 1913 Star Performer. Troupe entertainment
  • 1913 Jack Terris in Johannesburg
  • 1913.06.02 S. African Tour
  • 1915.09.21 Wigan Examiner
  • 1915.10 Dundee Peoples Journal
  • 1915.10.05 Ipswich Daily Times. Sketch about a submarine
  • 1915.10.18 Ayr Pavilion Playbill
  • 1915.10.21 Ayr Advertiser
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Adventurer
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Adventurer
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Adventurer
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Adventurer
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Adventurer
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Courier
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Peoples Journal
  • 1915.10.26 Dundee Telegraph
  • 1915.11 The ER. New partner.
  • 1915.11.08 Golders Green Hippodrome Playbill
  • 1915.11.11 Territorial Force Assn. Letter of thanks
  • 1915.11.11 The Motor Club Playbill
  • 1915.11.18 Performer. Deputising at the Hackney Empire
  • 1915.11.24 Northern Echo
  • 1915.11.24 Northern Echo
  • 1915.12 New York Star
  • 1915.12 Swansea Post
  • 1915.12 The Palace
  • 1915.12.08 The Era
  • 1915.11.08 Golders Green Hippodrome Playbill
  • 1915.11.11 Territorial Force Assn. Letter of thanks
  • 1915.11.11 The Motor Club Playbill
  • 1915.11 The ER. New partner.
  • 1915.11.18 Performer. Deputising at the Hackney Empire
  • 1916 Palace Theatre
  • 1916 The Palace Burnley
  • 1916 Tivoli Theatre
  • 1916.01.10 Playbill Pier Pavilion Swansea
  • 1916.06.27 Carbill News
  • 1916.07.15 Edinburgh entertaining the wounded
  • 1916.01.25 Newport Evening Post
  • 1916.03 Tivoli Ad
  • 1916.03 The Stage. Without Romaine
  • 1916.02.26 Bristol Hippodrome Ad with Sarah Bernhardt
  • 1916.03.08 The Era
  • 1916.03.09 The Stage
  • 1916.03.21 Sussex Daily News
  • 1916.03.29 Enquirer Burnley
  • 1916.03.29 News Burnley
  • 1916.04.27 Playbill Grove Park Depot
  • 1916.06.26 Playbill Palace Carlisle
  • 1916.06.27 Carbill News
  • 1916.07.15 Edinburgh entertaining the wounded
  • 1916.07.18 Sheffield Independent
  • 1916.07.20 Sheffield Cheering the wounded
  • 1916.07.20 Sheffield
  • 1916.07.22 Musical Prodigies who have played before the King 508th concert for the wounded. Event in Buluwayo
  • 1916.07.22 People's Journal Pictures
  • 1916.07.29 Glasgow Eve Times
  • 1916.08.15 The Era
  • 1916.09 Leeds
  • 1916.09.30 Brighton Herald
  • 1916.10.12 Thanks from Soldiers Club Beverley
  • 1916.10.19 Playbill 16th Bttn London Vol Regt 1
  • 1916.10.19 Playbill 16th Bttn London Vol Regt 2
  • 1916.10.21 Playbill Kodak Hall, Wealdstone 1
  • 1916.10.21 Playbill Kodak Hall, Wealdstone 2
  • 1916.12.15 Thanks from Lord Kitchener Memorial Fund

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