It was recorded in by Irish tenor John McCormack. It became popular as a marching song among soldiers in the First World War and is remembered as a song of. 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' is perhaps the best known song of the First World War. It was written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams as a music hall song. The song was composed by Englishman Jack Judge in January , two years before the First World War broke out. Judge was a former fishmonger. The song was adopted as a marching tune by the Connaught Rangers, many of whom had been stationed at the Tipperary Barracks before the war. They were singing. The myth is that “It's a Long Way to Tipperary” was written solely by music hall entertainer Jack Judge in January It's a Long Way to Tipperary Up to mighty London Came an Irishman one day. As the streets are paved with gold Sure, everyone was gay, Singing songs of. How a bet, a change of name and a faster tempo helped shape one of the most famous marching songs of World War One. Rare Photographs of Irish Soldiers Up to mighty London came an Irishman one day, As the streets were paved with gold, sure ev'ry one was gay, Singing songs of. The song It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary was written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams [GB] and was first recorded by Harry Fay in Title: It's a long, long way to Tipperary; Summary: Tenor vocal solo, with male chorus and orchestra; Contributor Names: Werrenrath, Reinald -- Vocalist.