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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2008 15:01    Onderwerp: sportlui uit de Eerste Wereldoorlog Reageer met quote

Gesneuvelde sportlui in Eerste Wereldoorlog

(als die rubriek nog niet bestaat)



Graag een foto van het graf + referentie en indien mogelijk een korte samenvatting van het verhaal achter de man of vrouw

Vanavond probeer ik er een viertal te plaatsen, als niemand me voor is tenminste.
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Latheron Edwin Gladstone

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François Faber, wielrenner.

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Edgar Mobbs (Mobbsy) - verliet in 1913 zijn sport: Rugby. Op 14 september 1914 trad hij in het leger als private. Hij sneuvelde als Colonel Luitenant in juli 1917 in Zillebeke. Zijn lichaam werd nooit terug gevonden en staat vermeld op het Menenpoort paneel 43 en 45.



Jimmy Speirs - verliet in april 1915 zijn sport: voetbal. Hij was namelijk een prof. Hij trad in dienst op 17 mei 1915 en sneuvelde als sergeant in augustus 1917 ergens bij Hill 32. Sindsdien rust hij eeuwig op de Dochy Farm New British Cemetery (VI. E. 15.). Website over Speirs: http://jimmy-speirs.co.uk/

Matthew Austin - verliet in 1915 zijn sport: wielrennen. Hij behaalde wel overwinningen op de piste. In 1915 trad hij in het leger en sneuvelde op 12 oktober 1917 bij Zonnebeke. Zijn lichaaml rust op het Passchendaele New British Cemetery (XIII. F. 5.) Geen foto beschikbaar.


John de Voogd - deze Nederlanders verliet zijn sport Rugby voor de oorlog. Hij trad bij het Australische leger op 10 februari 1916 en sneuvelde op 12 oktober 1917 bij Passendale. Hij rust sindsdien op het Tyne Cot Cemetery (XXXV. G. 18.). Smile
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2008 16:33    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Een kleine moeite om naar de Menenpoort te gaan, zoeken is zeer simpel. De eerste paneel begint in het zuidelijke bovenvleugel en eindigd in het noordelijke bovenvleugel waar onze Mobbs bevind. Ik had geluk, hij staat onderaan. Maar ik vergat nog te melden dat hij werd onderscheiden met het DSO (Distinguished Service Order). Hier de foto.


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BLYTHE, COLIN (CHARLIE)

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Blythe, of New Cross, London; husband of Janette Gertrude Blythe, of 1, Vale Royal, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Professional Cricketer. Played for Kent between 1899 and 1914 during which time he took 100 wickets each season, bar two. He also played in 19 Test Matches for England.

Bij zijn graf ligt dan ook een cricketbal. (I L 2)




Graf nogal door Belgisch weer geteisterd.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2008 17:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

sorry , de lokatie van de 'cricketeer' : Oxford Road cemetery, Wieltje
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Major REGINALD OSCAR SCHWARZ

M C

6th Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps
attd. H.Q., 1st Echelon
who died
on 18 November 1918
South African Cricketer - played in twenty test matches.
Remembered with honour
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Major Reginald Oscar Schwarz, known as Reggie (born 4 May 1875 in Lee, London, England, died 18 November 1918 in Etaples, France) was a South African cricketer and international rugby footballer.

Schwarz won three caps for England at rugby against Scotland in 1899, and Wales and Ireland in 1901.

Schwarz played a handful of games for Middlesex in 1901 and 1902 before emigrating to South Africa and joining Transvaal; but it was on his return to England with the South African cricket team in 1904 that he made his mark, having learning from Bosanquet how to bowl the googly. Unusually, he bowled it as his stock delivery, with considerable success: in 1904 and 1907 he topped the bowling averages, in the latter year taking 137 wickets at just 11.70 apiece, and he was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1908. On that 1907 tour, the first on which South Africa played Tests in England, they had no fewer than four leg-break and googly bowlers, Schwarz having passed on the secret of the googly to Aubrey Faulkner, Bert Vogler and Gordon White.

Schwarz retired from regular playing after the 1912 season, though he appeared thrice more for L Robinson's XI over the next two seasons. In all he took 398 wickets at a fine 17.58 average, and in Tests he took 55 at 22.60. Despite his poor batting -- he passed fifty only twice in first-class cricket -- Schwarz did make a century: 102 in a non-Test game against an England XI at Lord's in 1904.

Schwarz was a major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps regiment of the British Army who fought on the Western Front in World War I. He survived the war, but died in the Spanish flu epidemic in Etaples, France just seven days after the Armistice had been signed. He was 43.

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pifilsofimos, ik denk dat ik eens terug ga. Kijk eens onderaan het grafsteen, die moet ik hebben. Ik bedoel het grafschrift. Bedankt!

Zijn er soms bevelhebbers die gesneuveld werden in de oorlog die aan sport deden? Ik heb nog eens opgezocht maar geen resultaat. Confused
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pifilsofimos @ 02 Aug 2008 18:20 schreef:
Major REGINALD OSCAR SCHWARZ




Surprised Dat was snel zeg. Very Happy
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Lieutenant RONALD WILLIAM POULTON PALMER

1st/4th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment
who died age 25
on 05 May 1915
Son of Professor Edward Bagnall Poulton and Mrs. Emily Palmer Poulton, of Wykeham House, Oxford. Captain of the England Rugby Football XV in 1914.
Remembered with honour
HYDE PARK CORNER (ROYAL BERKS) CEMETERY


Ronald Poulton-Palmer was born in Headington on 12th September 1889. Educated at Oxford University he played rugby union for the Barbarians and Harlequins. He eventually became captain of England and in a match against France in 1914 he scored four tries.

He became chairman of the Huntley and Palmer biscuit business in Reading but on the outbreak of the First World War he immediately volunteered for the Royal Berkshire Regiment. He arrived on the Western Front in March, 1915.

Ronald Poulton-Palmer was killed at Ploegsteert Wood on 5th May, 1915. A fellow officer reported that when he went round the company at dawn "almost every man was crying". Poulton-Palmer was one of 26 England rugby international players killed in the war. A further 30 Scottish internationals also lost their lives during the conflict.


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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2008 17:48    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Duffy James

23/04/1915

Titel: Private
Extra informatie: Boston, april 1914. James Duffy, een jonge Ier die in Schotland opgroeide maar als 21-jarige emigreerde naar Canada, wint de prestigieuze marathon van Boston na een ijzingwekkende eindstrijd. Zijn eerste verzoek na de finish is om een sigaret, zijn tweede om een flesje bier. De flamboyante Duffy geniet met volle teugen van het leven. Hij combineert dit met harde trainingen en opeenvolgende overwinningen.
Duffy, een van de grootste looptalenten van zijn generatie, kan volgens zijn Canadese achterban het Olympisch marathongoud in 1916 niet ontlopen.

Hamilton (Canada), augustus 1914. De Eerste Wereldoorlog breekt uit. Duffy meldt zich enthousiast als vrijwilliger, voor de goede zaak, voor die ene grote – vermoedelijk toch korte - wedstrijd.
The greater game. In april 1915 komt Duffy in België aan en wordt hij bij Ieper gelegerd. Op 22 april slaan de Duitsers met de eerste gasaanval in de geschiedenis een bres in de verdediging rond Ieper. Het 16e bataljon (The Canadian Scottish) waartoe Duffy behoort, moet rond middernacht een tegenaanval uitvoeren en de Duitsers uit Kitchener’s Wood (Sint-Juliaan/Langemark-Poelkapelle) verdrijven. Duffy loopt niet ver. Zwaargewond wordt hij naar een veldhospitaal gebracht. Hij overlijdt aan zijn verwondingen op 23 april 1915.

Private JAMES DUFFY 29437 16th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regt.) who died on Friday 23 April 1915. Age 25.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Duffy, of 12, St. Mary Street, Edinburgh.
VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY Grave I. F. 14.


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BerichtGeplaatst: 02 Aug 2008 19:01    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dze site gevonden over Celtic and The Great War: http://www.hellfire-corner.demon.co.uk/celtic.htm
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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Aug 2008 11:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Dit vind ik zeer interresante kost,is het een idee om bekende personen op een ander gebied mee te nemen in dit[of een nieuw] topic?
Ik hoorde gisteren bijv een verhaal dat de beroemde componist ''Ravell''
ook aan de oorlog heeft deelgenomen en zo zijn er vast nog wel meer.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Aug 2008 11:15    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

misschien dit dan opnemen in topic : 'artistiek talent in Eerste Wereldoorlog' (schrijvers, kunstenaars)
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BerichtGeplaatst: 03 Aug 2008 11:19    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Het Belgische Nationale Militaire Elftal (februari 1914)

- Fischlin, Grenadiers & Standard C.L.
- D. Baes (*) (Grenadiers & C.S.Brugge), Godseels (Grenadiers & U.S.B.)
- Declercq (**) (2é Linie & A.A. Gent), De Ruyter (2é Linie & A.A. Gent), Fierens (7é Linie & B.A.C.)
- Michel (9é Linie & L.C.), Verstraeten (5é Linie & D.C.B.), Bosmans (4é Artillerie & B.A.C.), F. Nizot (Militaire School & L.C.), Van Cant (3é Artillerie & R.C. Mechelen) Baes, Declercq, De Ruyter, Fischlin, Fierens, Godseels
Michel, Verstraeten, Bosmans, Nizot, Van Cant

(*) Adjudant Baes Dominique Charles Jerôme, geboren te Brugge op 03-02-1893 overleed op 26-08-1918 in het Militaire Hospitaal van Beveren-aan-den-IJzer.
(**) Soldaat Declercq Edgard, geboren te Gent op 31-08-1894 overleed in het krijgsgevangenkamp te Ober-Offleiden, Duitsland op 09-11-1918.



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BerichtGeplaatst: 06 Aug 2008 12:26    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Een sporter van de "Lost Battalion": Edward Leslie Grant


Quote:
EDDIE GRANT MEMORIAL PLAQUE

One of baseball's great enduring mysteries has been solved with the Baseball Reliquary's acquisition of the Eddie Grant Memorial plaque. A Harvard graduate, Edward L. Grant was a light-hitting infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants from 1907 to 1915. He often annoyed his less educated teammates by refusing to yell the traditional, "I got it," when a fly ball was hit to his vicinity, insisting rather on voicing the more grammatically correct, "I have it."
In 1917, Grant enlisted in the U.S. Army and became captain of an infantry battalion attached to the 77th Division. He was the first major league ballplayer killed in action during The Great War when he was hit by machine gun fire on October 5, 1918 in the Argonne Forest near Verdun, France, a mere forty days prior to the cessation of hostilities.
In 1921, the New York Giants dedicated a memorial to Grant's honor in the Polo Grounds. A five-foot-high stone monument with an inscribed bronze plaque was erected in deep center field in front of the clubhouse building. Interestingly, although 470 feet from home plate, the monument was in fair territory, so balls hitting it or rolling behind it remained in play.
The plaque reads (slightly reformatted for legibility):




From the memorial's dedication in 1921 until the Giants abandoned New York and the Polo Grounds in 1957, a solemn wreath-laying ceremony was held at the Grant monument every year, usually between games of the then customary Memorial Day doubleheader.
At the conclusion of the final game played at the Polo Grounds on September 29, 1957, souvenir hunters mobbed the field and the New York Times reported that three teenagers were seen prying the bronze plaque off the monument. Rumors that the police ultimately recovered the plaque were never verified, and its whereabouts remained a mystery for over forty years.
In late July 1999, the Eddie Grant Memorial plaque was discovered in the attic of a Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey home formerly owned by Lena and Gaetano Bucca. The new home owners, Brian and Deborah Lamb, had discovered the plaque carefully wrapped in a blanket and hidden under a trap door in the attic. Brian Lamb contacted Baseball Reliquary Board member, Wendy Brougalman, a former business associate, with news of the discovery.
At this point, Albert Kilchesty, the Reliquary's Archivist and Historian, became instrumental in negotiating the plaque's acquisition, and in attempting to solve some of the mysteries of the large item's disappearance. In his field notes of August 1999, Kilchesty writes, "The Lambs purchased the home from the Bucca family after the death of Lena Bucca in 1998. Gaetano Bucca, a former New York City police officer, died in 1974. Several calls to the NYPD Department of Records revealed that Gaetano Bucca, who retired from the force in January 1958 and subsequently moved with his family to New Jersey, served in the city's 32nd precinct, an area of jurisdiction encompassing the Coogan's Bluff/Polo Grounds vicinity.
"Additional police records note that subsequent to receiving a gunshot wound during a routine investigation of a domestic disturbance in 1955, Mr. Bucca was assigned to light foot patrols in and around the Polo Grounds. 'Light Foot Patrol' duty at that time meant just that, a foot receiving light duty near the environs of a bar stool. The Eddie Grant Memorial plaque disappeared after the final New York Giants game on September 29, 1957. It is assumed that the affable Mr. Bucca, with the aid of a few well-lubricated colleagues, had arranged to take the plaque with the intention of delivering it for safekeeping to the Eddie Grant American Legion Post 1225 in the Bronx. The plaque never made it there. How and why it ended up in Mr. Bucca's attic is totally baffling. Benjamin Bucca, Lena and Gaetano's only surviving son and a well-respected probate attorney, had no knowledge at all of the 100-pound plaque situated just above his head in his former bedroom. 'You know, I never felt comfortable in that bedroom. Now I know why! That thing could've fallen on my head in the middle of the night and flattened me. My Pop was always a bit of a mystery, but this . . . This is . . . What the hell was he thinking about?'"

-- Albert Kilchesty and Terry Cannon, 1999

Since the above article appeared, the Baseball Reliquary has received dozens of responses, some amazing, some troubling. Someone even accused us of manufacturing a copy of the plaque, as if anyone in their right mind would fabricate a 100-pound piece of metal. One writer suggested, reasonably, that we may have stumbled upon a prototype for the original plaque, since the original as depicted in photographs has a distinctly different appearance than the Reliquary plaque. The Reliquary's position on the Eddie Grant plaque all along has been: it's The Eddie Grant Plaque. We've read our Lajoie, Boudreau, and Bordagaray along with our Deleuze, Baudrillard, Derrida, and all the other top French players, and we've come to the inescapable conclusion that the Baseball Reliquary's Eddie Grant Memorial Plaque is as real as reality could ever allow it to be.




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abn @ 02 Aug 2008 16:49 schreef:
François Faber, wielrenner.

http://www.forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=11753

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en als je aan de Rugby spelers begint .......
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Bijzonder cynisch aan het verhaal van Octave Lapize is dat hij 3 jaar oorlog meemaakt en tenslotte niet sneuvelt maar omkomt bij een frontale botsing.
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Quote:
Bijzonder cynisch aan het verhaal van Octave Lapize is



hoezo?Pifil heb je het niet verkeerd voor
want dit is niet wat de sites vertellen

krullebol aka
Octave Lapize kwam op 14 juli 1917 tijdens een luchtgevecht ,
boven Pont-à-Mousson om het leven. Hij werd slechts 29 jaar.



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sorry, ik had het over Lucien Petit-Breton.
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Autini Pitara Kaipara


Poverty Bay Captain, North Island & NZ Maori Rugby Player
Prowse Point Cemetery near Messines


Autini Kaipara was one of New Zealand rugby's most outstanding second five-eighths of the decade leading up to World War One. The son of Takawhata Pitara Kaipara and the husband of Hina Katerina Kaipara, he became a second lieutenant in the Maori (Pioneer) Battalion. He was killed in action at the age of 30 on August 4, 1917.

Autini Kaipara represented Poverty Bay from 1906 until 1913. Captain of the side from 1910, he led two Ranfurly Shield challenges against Auckland as well as playing for the North Island in 1910, 1911 and 1912. He represented New Zealand Maori in 1910 and 1911, was a member of the North Island Country team that toured the South Island in 1912 and also played for the North Island B team in 1914.

Autini Kaipara's status was such that he was described by the media of the time as the "india rubber man" and was still being written about decades after his death. In 1953 a correspondent wrote in "Te Ao Hou": "... As a young fellow in Gisborne I have happy recollections of seeing outstanding Maori footballers in Poverty Bay. One such man was A. P. Kaipara - in the opinion of S. S. Dean, noted rugby administrator - one of the greatest five-eighths New Zealand has produced."

Autini Kaipara was a law clerk and was also registered as an interpreter under the Native Land Act. He lived in Gisborne where, in the years immediately prior to the War, he played for the Young Maori Party Club, a club that still exists today.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 19 Aug 2008 22:06    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

nogmaals faber maar dan in actie tijdens de ronde van frankrijk

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Donald Simpson Bell was born in Harrogate in 1890. He trained to become a teacher at Westminster College and while in London played for Crystal Palace.

After leaving college Bell became a teacher at Starbeck College in Harrogate. He also played as an amateur for Newcastle United but in 1912 he turned professional and played for Bradford Park Avenue.

On the outbreak of the First World War Bell became the first professional footballer to join the British Army. He enlisted as a private but by June, 1915 he had a commission in the Yorkshire Regiment. Two days after his marriage in November, 1915, he was sent to France.

Second Lieutenant Bell took part in the Battle of the Somme. On 5th July, 1916 he stuffed his pockets with grenades and attacked an enemy machine-gun post. When he attempted to repeat this feat five days later he was killed. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his action of 5th July. It is the only one ever awarded to a professional footballer.



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KELLY, FREDERICK SEPTIMUS (1881-1916),
oarsman, musician and soldier,

was born on 29 May 1881 in Sydney, fourth son of Irish-born Thomas Hussey Kelly, and his native-born wife Mary Anne, née Dick. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School and, like his brothers Thomas Herbert and William Henry, in England at Eton (1893-99). He went up to Balliol College, Oxford (B.A., 1903; M.A., 1912), as a Lewis Nettleship musical scholar and graduated with fourth-class honours in history.


Possessing a rare combination of outstanding sporting and musical ability, Kelly had rowed in the Eton eight in 1897 and stroked that crew to victory in the Ladies' Plate at Royal Henley Regatta in 1899. He began to scull at Oxford and won the Diamond Sculls at Henley in 1902, 1903 and in 1905 — in the last setting a record that stood until 1938. In 1903 he also rowed in the Oxford eight and won the Wingfield Sculls. From 1903 he rowed for the Leander Club: in the eight which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley in 1903-05; in the coxless four that took the Stewards' Cup in 1906; and in 1908 in the veteran eight that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games. Contemporary reports of his oarsmanship were glowing: 'his natural sense of poise and rhythm made his boat a live thing under him'.


His musical abilities were apparent as a child: long before his hands could span an octave, Kelly played Mozart and Beethoven piano sonatas. At Eton he was taught by Dr Charles Harford Lloyd and at Oxford studied under (Sir) Donald Tovey. He often performed at the Oxford Musical Club (of which he was president) and in the Balliol Sunday evening concerts. In 1903-08 he studied piano under Ernst Engesser and composition and counterpoint with Ivan Knorr at the Dr Hoch Konservatorium, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He dedicated himself to fulfilling his dual ambition to become 'a great player and a great composer'.


On his return to England in 1908 Kelly played at numerous private and semi-public concerts. From 1909 he advised Sir Edgar Speyer on programmes of the Classical Concert Society, London, and in 1912 succeeded him as its chairman. In 1911 he visited Sydney and between June and August, to the delight of the Sydney critics, gave three solo recitals (with programmes ranging from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann and Brahms, to recent works of Scriabin and Debussy and his own Cycle of Lyrics). He also gave two chamber music concerts, performed the Beethoven G major concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and conducted a chamber orchestra concert when Melba's flautist John Lemmone played Kelly's Serenade for flute and small orchestra.


Back in London, Kelly gave three recitals in February and March 1912. The critics referred to his 'crisp, clear enunciation', his 'equable and melodious touch' and to his 'intellectual grasp of the music': that they objected to his giving the audience 'credit for nerves as strong as his own' in loud passages, suggests that his interpretation was in advance of its time. Later that year he played concertos by Beethoven, Schumann, Mozart and Brahms with the London Symphony Orchestra under (Sir) George Henschel. He also played chamber music and duo-sonatas with such notable instrumentalists as the violinist Jelly d'Aranyi (who was long deeply in love with him) and the cellist Pablo Casals.


His comparatively few compositions include some effectively written and charming piano pieces and later, more substantial works such as Theme, Variations and Fugue for two pianos and a Violin Sonata, written for Jelly d'Aranyi and first performed by her and Kelly's close friend, the pianist Leonard Borwick, at the memorial concert at the Wigmore Hall, London, on 2 May 1919.


In September 1914 Kelly joined the Royal Naval Division and was soon involved in the unsuccessful defence of Antwerp, Belgium. Early next year he sailed for the Dardanelles with the Hood Battalion with such scholar-soldiers as Rupert Brooke, Arthur Asquith and Patrick Shaw-Stewart; they were known on the ship as the 'Latin Club'. He landed on Gallipoli in April. While recovering from wounds he wrote the poignant Elegy for string orchestra, in memory of Brooke whose burial on Skyros he had attended. Promoted lieutenant in June, Kelly returned to Gallipoli in July and was among the last to leave. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for 'conspicuous gallantry' there. In May 1916 he went with the Hood Battalion to France, in command of 'B' Company. His strict standards of discipline 'were not generally palatable', but his 'unfailing fearlessness and scrupulous justice', and activities as director of the regimental band, won him enormous respect. He was killed on 13 November 1916 while leading an attack on a machine-gun emplacement at Beaucourt-sur-Ancre.


Kelly was a man of extraordinary vitality and physique. Speyer wrote that while one might on first acquaintance 'be struck by an apparent bluntness of manner and a disregard for some of the conventions of polite society', one soon realized this resulted from his 'transparent honesty … and contempt for anything like pretentiousness or insincerity'. His estate was valued for probate at nearly £20,000. Unmarried, he had lived at his home Bisham Grange, near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, with his sister Mary (Maisie). In 1915 at Malta she married Captain (Admiral Sir John) Kelly, after whom the famous destroyer, commanded by Mountbatten, was named.

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Vorig jaar heb ik meegedaan aan een loopwedstrijd in Passendale ter ere van Alex Decoteau. De Canadees liep in 1912 de finale van de 5.000 meter op de Olympische Spelen in Stockholm. Op 30 oktober 1917 werd hij gedood in de omgeving van Passendale.
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Inderdaad, dit verhaal heb ik hier niet opgenomen omdat ik dacht dat iedereen dit al kende, maar bij deze zal ik het toch doen.


During one of many stops on the Aboriginal Spiritual Journey (ASJ) to France and Belgium organized by Veterans' Affairs Canada to honour the contribution of First Nation, Metis and Inuit soldiers during the First and Second World Wars, Canadian forces historian Dr. Jean Martin told the story of Private Alexander Decoteau, who was killed at the age of 28 on Oct. 30, 1917 by a German sniper during the battle of Passchendaele. Decoteau is buried at the Passchendaele New British Cemetery.
The Native soldier was born on the Red Pheasant reserve on Nov. 19, 1887. His father, Peter Decoteau, was one of Poundmaker's Cree warriors at the battle of Cutknife Hill on May 2, 1885.
Alex Decoteau was a well-known long distance runner, Canada's first Aboriginal police officer and "a local hero," Martin told the ASJ audience.
The Edmonton municipal police hired him in 1909, and in 1914 he became the first Aboriginal sergeant in any Canadian municipal police force.
"Between 1909 and 1916, he entered every major middle and long distance race in Western Canada," Martin said.
The Cree athlete was the only participant from either Alberta or Saskatchewan to represent Canada at the Olympics in Stockholm in 1912.
"On July 10 in Stockholm, he competed in the 5,000 metre race but unfortunately he was hindered by leg cramps and finished in eighth place," Martin added.
April 24, 1916 was the day Decoteau quit the police and joined the army.
Before going into action, he participated in two memorable races in England. In one five-mile event, held on a military sports day, he won the race.
"King George V, who was in attendance that day, awarded Alex his own gold pocket watch because the trophy was late in arriving," Martin said.
That watch would later become the subject of what Martin called a "folklore legend."
It's said the sniper who killed Decoteau took the watch only to lose it, along with his life, when he was later killed by Canadian forces. The watch was eventually sent home to Decoteau's mother.
Martin said the other memorable race showed just what a remarkable athlete the Red Pheasant citizen really was. During his army training, he ran several miles to compete at another race in England only to discover it was a bicycle race.
"So he borrowed a bicycle and won that race as well," Martin said, causing the Aboriginal veterans present to laugh out loud despite the solemnity of the occasion.
Jean Martin said a special ceremony was held in August of 1985 on the Red Pheasant reserve, with Elders in the community singing a song to guide Alex Decoteau's spirit home.
Martin noted that Mary Wuttunee, the daughter of Decoteau's first cousin and childhood running partner, was in attendance in her role as an advisor to the Aboriginal youth on the ASJ.
Sage introduced Wuttunee to Erwin Ureel-Vanhaverbeke. The Belgian gave the Elder a ride to the cemetery where her relative is buried. With his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the battlefields in the region he was also able to point out where Decoteau lived, fought and died.
It was an extremely emotional moment for Wuttunee as she leaned on Decoteau's tombstone and spoke in Cree to the spirit of her father's close friend. With respected Blackfoot spiritual leader Adrian Wolfleg standing by to provide support, she paid her respects before moving on to rejoin the ASJ delegation.



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Al vroeger bij dit topic vermeld : het verhaal van de wielrenner Matthew Herbert Austin. Als aanvulling hier een foto van zijn graf op Passendale New Mil. Cem. waar dus ook Decoteau ligt.

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Johannes (Hanns) Braun

* 26. Oktober 1886 (Wernfels/Mittelfranken)
† 09. Oktober 1918 (Croix Fonsommé bei Cambrai /Frankreich)

Er starb als Leutnant und Kampfpilot nach Kollision um 11.00 Uhr mit einem Flugzeug aus der eigenen Jagdstaffel Nr. 34b und ruht nun auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Vladslo/Belgien, Grablage: Block 3, Grab 2170.

Sohn eines Kunstmalers; gelernter Bildhauer; studierte Kunst in München, dann Architektur in Berlin; seit 1914 zum Kriegsdienst eingezogen, wurde er Fluglehrer, startete für den Münchner Sport-Club und war auswärtiges Mitglied des Berliner Sport-Club.

Zu seinem Gedächtnis wird in München seit dem 17./18. Mai 1930 in unregelmäßiger Folge das internationale Hanns-Braun-Sportfest durchgeführt.

Im Jahre 1921 stiftete der damalige Süddeutsche Leichtathletik-Verband zur Erinnerung den 1920 von dem Münchner Bildhauer Obermaier geschaffenen Hanns-Braun-Gedächtnispreis und verlieh diesen bis 1935 alljährlich in seinem Verbandsgebiet. Von 1936 bis 1939 wurde dieser Preis durch das Reichsfachamt Leichtathletik als Ehrung auf Reichsebene vergeben. Die Statue ging jedoch in den Kriegswirren verloren. 1951 stiftete der DLV diesen Preis neu und verleiht ihn als jährlichen Wanderpreis für besondere Leistungen und außerordentliche Verdienste in Führungspositionen.

Am Grab von Hanns Brauns Vater, Louis Braun, Alter Nördlicher Friedhof in München; Grablage 3-1-20, befindet sich eine Gedenktafel für Hanns Braun. Im Olympiapark Berlin hält die Hanns-Braun-Straße und der Hanns-Braun-Platz seit April 1936 die Erinnerung an den Ausnahmeathleten wach.
Von Rekord zu Rekord

Lauf Zeit Ort Datum Rekord*
100m 10,8 Zoppot 24. Juli 1910 DR
110mHrd 16,2 Prag 08.September 1909 DR
200m 22,4 Helsingfors 05. August 1911 DR
400m 49,0 Frankfurt/M 28. August 1909 DR
400m 48,3 Stockholm 13.Juli 1912 DR
400mHrd H 66,4 Berlin 27. Februar 1910 DR
800m 1:57,4 Leipzig 28. Mai 1908 DR
800m 1:55,2 London 21. Juli 1908 DR
800m 1:54,4 Stockholm 12.September 1910 DR
800m 1:53,2 Stockholm 08. Juli 1912 DR
800m H 2:02,2 Berlin 27. Februar 1910 DR
1000m 2:36,0 Budapest 04. Oktober 1909 DR
1000m H 2:39,0 Berlin 07. Februar 1909 WR
1500m 4:16,8 Frankfurt /M. 25. August 1907 DR
1500m 4:14,6 Leipzig 28. Mai 1908 DR
4x400m 3:28,5 Stockholm 14. Juli 1912 DR
Olymp. Staffel 3:32,4 London 25. Juli 1908 DR
*DR - Deutschland-Rekord, ER - Europa-Rekord,WR - Welt-Rekord

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Richard @ 13 Sep 2006 0:37 schreef:
Op http://sportgeschiedenis.web-log.nl/sportgeschiedenis/2006/09/temidden_der_do.html las ik:


Quote:
Temidden der dode kampioenen
Voor zover bekend is de Canadese militair Mark Anthony Graham de eerste Olympiër die is gesneuveld in Afghanistan. Vorige week kwam hij om door friendly fire. Sport en oorlog is een bizarre, maar helaas veel voorkomende combinatie. Zowel in de Eerste als Tweede Wereldoorlog zijn veel voormalige deelnemers aan de Olympische Spelen gesneuveld. Een kort overzicht.

De Eerste Wereldoorlog
De Franse atleet Jean Bouin heeft de twijfelachtige eer één van de eerste dodelijke slachtoffers van de Eerste Wereldoorlog te zijn. Op de Olympische Spelen van 1912 verloor hij op de nipper een uiterst spannende finale op de 5.000 meter. Op 29 september 1914 stierf hij op 25-jarige leeftijd.
Ook de winnaar van het brons op die afstand was er bij de volgende Spelen – in Antwerpen - niet meer bij. George Hutson uit Groot-Brittannië vond namelijk ook de dood in The Great War.
Nog een bekende naam die zou sneuvelen, was de Duitse kampioen Hanns Braun, die op dezelfde Spelen met een tijd van 48.3 seconden de tweede plaats veroverde bij de 400 meter atletiek.
De Franse atleet Joseph Gillemot overleefde echter op een bizarre manier een aanval met gifgas: hij droeg zijn hart rechts.
De Tweede Wereldoorlog
Er was nog een atleet uit 1912, die een rol zou spelen in een Wereldoorlog, maar dan in de Tweede. De Amerikaan George Smith Patton werd in 1912 vijfde op de moderne vijfkamp. Hij wordt nu echter vooral herinnerd door zijn rol als tank-generaal.


George Smith Patton zelf
Een opmerkelijk figuur was de Duitse worstelaar Werner Seelenbinder, die op de Olympische Spelen van 1936 – de Nazi-Spelen dus - bij het middenzwaargewicht bij het Grieks-Romeins worstelen als vierde eindigde. Tijdens zijn reizen was hij ook koerier voor de illegale Kommunistische Partei Deutschland, de KPD. Op deze Spelen was hij tussen de wedstrijden door ook met deze klus bezig, dus eigenlijk onder de ogen van Adolf Hitler!
In de oorlog zelf vocht hij bij het communistische verzet, maar werd na arrestatie in 1944 met een groot aantal anderen geëxecuteerd. Tot op de dag van vandaag toe wordt hij in Duitsland herdacht voor zijn moedige werk.

Het graf van Seelenbinder
Zijn landgenoot Heinz Brandt daarentegen, die in 1936 goud won bij het paardrijden, was plaatsvervangend chef van de operationele afdeling van de generaalsstaf van het leger en direct betrokken bij het beramen van oorlogstaktieken. Hij werd beroemd toen hij in 1944 per ongeluk een aktetas wegschoof, waar later een bom in bleek te zitten tegen Hitler. Brandt raakte bij de explosie zelf zwaar gewond en bezweek na twee dagen aan zijn verwondingen.
En dan nog de Pool Wladyslaw Karas, die ook meedeed in 1936 in Berlijn en daar brons won bij het schieten. Meteen na de inval in zijn land werd hij vermoord door de Duitsers. En de Hongaar Endre Karbos zat op 4 november 1944 in de tram in Boedapest, toen de nazi’s de Margarethabrug opbliezen om de Geallieerden te blokkeren. Daar de tram toen over de brug reed, werd hij samen met andere passagiers gedood.


Hoe ik ook pieker, ik kan niet bedenken wat de plaats van het hart met het overleven van een strijdgasaanval te maken kan hebben. Iemand?


Uit: http://www.forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=6429&highlight=hart+rechts
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Zie ook:
http://www.forumeerstewereldoorlog.nl/viewtopic.php?t=23135
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Alle rugby spelers van Nieuw Zeeland, Australie en Zuid-Afrika:

http://www.xs4all.nl/~aur/layout/frames.htm?Individuals/allblacks.htm
http://www.xs4all.nl/~aur/layout/frames.htm?Individuals/Wallabies.htm
http://www.xs4all.nl/~aur/layout/frames.htm?Individuals/Springboks.htm
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Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Rugby’s War Dead

http://www.cwgc.org/admin/files/Rugby%20leaflet.pdf
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Twee Zuidafrikaanse rugbyspelers sneuvelden aan het Westers front.

Sep Ledger tijdens de aanval van de Zuid-Afrikanen op 12 april bij Fampoux in de richting van Roeux met de bedoeling Roeux station en chemical works in te nemen. Het werd een complete catastrofe om vele redenen. De belangrijkste was dat de Duitse mitrailleurnesten achter de spoorweg niet waren vernietigd wegens gebrek aan verkenning. Er was ook nauwelijks artillery barrage.

De Zuidafrikaanse bron hieronder zegt onterecht dat hij een van de eerste slachtoffers was van de oorlog.

De tweede figuur Moll sneuvelde tijdens de slag bij Bazentin-le-petit wellicht op 14 juli.

LEDGER, Septimus Heyns, Springbok op die oorsese toer na
Brittanje in 1912/13 was 'n voorspeler uit Griekwaland-Wes. Hy is in
1892 op Kimberley gebore waar hy die Kimberley High School besoek
en later in De Beers se Hoofkantoor gewerk het.
Hy was een van die eerste slagoffers van die Eerste Wereldoorlog
(1914-18). (Ook ander bekende Springbokke o.a. J. W. Morkel, het
hulle lewens in die oorlog gelaat.)
BRONNE:
(1) Die Huisgenoot: BI. 77, 8 Mei 1964.
(2) CRAVEN, D. H.: (i) Springboks Down the Years.
(ii) Springbok-annale (Rugby) 1889-1694.
(3) PARKER, A. C.: The Springboks 18'91-1970, London 1970.

Septimus "Sep" Heyns Ledger (died on 13 April 1917 aged 26.) was a South African rugby union player from Kimberley, South Africa. He was killed in World War I, in Arras, France while serving as a sergeant in the South African Infantry.[1] He was a clerk by profession.
Ledger took part in the 1912-13 South Africa rugby union tour.[1] He was awarded four caps, the first against Scotland. He scored three points, and a try. His club team was Griqualand West.




Tobias "Toby" Mortimer Moll (July 20, 1890-14 July 1916, aged 26) was a South African rugby union player from Cape Town. He was killed in World War I, while serving as a captain in the Leicestershire Regiment.[1] According to a fellow soldier of the time:
"We were now out of that nightmare wood in what was once a village - the village of Bazentin-le-Petit, and the day was 13 July. We had achieved our objective, and fondly believed that the Germans were on their way back to Berlin. We received orders to consolidate. The village was a shambles and nothing remotely resembling a house was to be seen. Here I came across an old friend from Hamilton's, Toby Moll, who told me that Cyril Bam had been killed. No trace of him was to be found. Soon after this, Toby was hit by shrapnel when he was quite near me and I saw at once that there was no hope. It was hard to see Toby go - everything else was impersonal, almost unreal, but with Toby one was up against it."
Moll was awarded a single caps on 27 August 1910, one against the British Isles team on their 1910 tour of South Africa. He played for the Transvaal team.

The battle of the Bazentin Ridge, which took place between 14 and 16 July 1916 during the Somme offensive, is arguably the biggest battle ever fought by the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. Four battalions, making up the 110th (Leicestershire) Brigade went into action over three thousand strong. They were the pride of Kitchener's New Army and the flower of the young men of Leicestershire. Their objective was to clear the Germans from their positions in front of Bazentin le Petit Wood, and to capture the village of the same name behind it.
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Bij CWGC staat dat Ledger op 12 april sneuvelde. Dat zou inderdaad veel logischer zijn tenzij hij bezweek aan zijn verwondingen de volgende dag.
De school waar hij les kreeg is Kimberley Boys High School :




Great Players

Kimberley Boys' High has a long list of great players, but then Griqualand West is the second oldest union in South Africa, used to host test matches and was stronger than places like Transvaal and Natal for several years. When the 1891 side came from Britain they brought with them the Currie Cup to be given first to the team that played best against them and then to become a floating trophy. They presented the trophy to Griqualand West, who were reluctant to part with it when it was due to become a floating trophy. Provinces have been reluctant to part with it ever since.

The following old boys played international rugby for South Africa: Fred Alexander, whose grandfather had been Napoleon's gaoler on St Helena, Jack Braine, William Cotty, Sid de Melker, who was the last husband of the notorious Daisy, the last woman publicly executed in South Africa, Jack Gage, Bertie Gibbs, Sep Ledger, who was killed in France during World War I,Sergeant SEPTIMUS HEYNS LEDGER

6004, 2nd Regt., South African Infantry
who died age 26
on 12 April 1917
Son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Ledger (nee Knobel). Member of the 1912 South African Rugby Football Team.
Remembered with honour
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World War 1 (1914-18)

World War I ended in 1918 and left 10 million dead in the fields of Western Europe. When one considers the very few players who are honored to play for their country and the numbers of losses shown below, one can only imagine the number of players lost to rugby clubs around the world by the conflict.

http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/rugbyatwar.html
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Talking Rugby: Timely tribute paid to rugby's fallen heroes
By Brendan Gallagher, 05 Nov 2002

Which country had most international rugby players killed in action during World War Two? England? France, perhaps? The answer, surprisingly, is Germany.

Lees verder op http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/4778091/Talking-Rugby-Timely-tribute-paid-to-rugbys-fallen-heroes.html
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Alphonse Six, Cercle Brugge, Belgisch nationaal elftal en Olympique Lillois.

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Happy birthday to Hank Gowdy

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Henry Morgan "Hank" Gowdy, a Columbus native, was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in World War I and the only one to serve in both world wars. He was a catcher who hit .270 over 16 seasons.

Gowdy led the 1914 "Miracle Braves" of Boston from last place (on the Fourth of July) to the pennant and a sweep of the World Series against the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics. He was a star hitter who hit .545 in the Series with five extra-base hits and three RBIs.

He was born in Columbus 121 years ago today, on Aug. 24, 1889. He played football, basketball and baseball at Hubbard Elementary and North High School. Throughout his decades in baseball as a player and coach, he always called Columbus home and resided here in the off season.

His major league debut was as a first baseman for the New York Giants in 1910, and he was traded to Boston the next year. In 1914, he became Boston's regular catcher.

Gowdy signed up in June 1917, was a national hero, and saw action in France with the Ohio National Guard. When he returned in 1919, he got his old job as a catcher back. Four years later, he was traded back to the Giants, where he played in the 1923 and 1924 World Series.

IN A 1999 DISPATCH ARTICLE about the athletes, coaches and sports personalities who helped shape Columbus' sports century, we reported:

Gowdy found himself on the wrong end of World Series attention in one of the most bizarre games in history. In the seventh and final game of the '24 Series between the Giants and the Washington Senators, the teams entered the bottom of the 12th inning with the score tied at 3.
Muddy Ruel of the Senators hit a pop fly near home plate -- seemingly an easy play for Gowdy. The wind shifted the ball's flight though, and when Gowdy took a step toward where the ball would drop he stepped in his catcher's mask, which he had tossed off to chase the fly.

Unable to shake free of the mask -- "It held me like a bear trap," he would later say -- Gowdy watched the ball drop in foul territory.

Given new life, Ruel hit a double and scored moments later when a ground ball hopped over the head of Giants third baseman Fred Lindstrom, giving the Senators a 4-3 win and their only world title.


In 1925, the Giants released him. He was manager of the old Columbus Senators in 1926. He later made a comeback with the Braves, but with limited playing time. He then became a coach with the Giants, Braves and Reds.

When the United States entered World War II, Gowdy enlisted again at age 53 and was promoted to major. In 1944, he returned to Fort Benning, Ga., where he served as Chief Athletic Officer. (The baseball field at Fort Benning is named "Gowdy Field.") He returned to coaching in 1946 with the Reds. By 1948, he had retired from baseball.

The Dispatch has reported that Gowdy came back to Columbus in 1950. He headed up the Columbus Youth Foundation, and his trademark was a big cigar in his mouth.

Hank Gowdy died in Columbus at age 76 and is buried in Union Cemetery.

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BLYTHE, COLIN (CHARLIE)

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Blythe, of New Cross, London; husband of Janette Gertrude Blythe, of 1, Vale Royal, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Professional Cricketer. Played for Kent between 1899 and 1914 during which time he took 100 wickets each season, bar two. He also played in 19 Test Matches for England.

Bij zijn graf ligt dan ook een cricketbal. (I L 2)




Graf nogal door Belgisch weer geteisterd.


Een paar weken geleden deze foto's genomen. Inmiddels ligt er heel wat meer bij zijn graf.




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Gevallen op ‘Dem Felde der Ehre’…
Is een wonderbaarlijk verhaal, een goede speurtocht en is geschreven met liefde voor het vak.

Van ‘gevallen’ Duitse coureurs is weinig bekend. Stuyfssportverhalen, in bezit van de complete jaargangen Radwelt 1903 tot en met 1928, heeft ze uit de loopgraven van het blad ‘opgediept’.

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John de Voogd - deze Nederlanders verliet zijn sport Rugby voor de oorlog. Hij trad bij het Australische leger op 10 februari 1916 en sneuvelde op 12 oktober 1917 bij Passendale. Hij rust sindsdien op het Tyne Cot Cemetery (XXXV. G. 18.). Smile


Ik ben eigenlijk wel heel benieuwd naar het gehele verhaal van deze persoon. Is er meer info over hem te vinden of te lezen? Of FEW volgens mij verder niet, toch?
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Walter Tull



Walter Tull (1888-1918) was de eerste zwarte profvoetballer in Groot-Brittannië. Hij zou juist een mooi contract tekenen bij Glasgow Rangers toen de strijd uitbrak, waarop hij zich maar bij het voetbalbataljon (het 17e) van het Middlesex regiment meldde, de zogeheten Die Hards.

Het regiment was propagandistisch van grote waarde en dat gold bovenal voor Tull. Niet voor niets werd juist hij tegen alle regels in de eerste zwarte officier van het Britse leger. In februari 1918 werd het bataljon ontbonden. Van de oorspronkelijke tweehonderd Die Hards waren er toen nog dertig in leven, onder wie Tull. Een maand later waren het er 29.

During the First World War Tull served in both Footballers' Battalions of the Middlesex Regiment, 17th and 23rd, and also in the 5th battalion, rising to the rank of sergeant and fighting in the Battle of the Somme in 1916. When Tull was commissioned as Second Lieutenant on 30 May 1917 (still in the Middlesex Regiment)[7] he became the first black/mixed race combat officer in the British Army, despite the 1914 Manual of Military Law specifically excluding Negroes/Mulattos from exercising actual command as officers.[citation needed] (Though Nathaniel Wells, the son of a white plantation owner and a black slave, received a Yeomanry commission in 1818[8]). Tull's superior officers recommended him for a commission regardless. Tull fought in Italy in 1917/18, and was Mentioned in Despatches by Major General Sydney Lawford for "gallantry and coolness" while leading his company of 26 men on a raiding party, to cross the fast-flowing rapids of the River Piave into enemy territory during the Battle of the Piave River. For bringing his men back unharmed Tull was recommended for a Military Cross. He returned to northern France in 1918, and was killed in action on 25 March during the Spring Offensive, near the village of Favreuil in the Pas-de-Calais. His body was never recovered, despite the efforts of Private Billingham to return him while under fire.

Walter Tull is remembered at the Arras Memorial, Bay 7, for those who have no known grave.[9] He fought in six major battles; Battle of Ancre, November 1916 (first Battle of the Somme); Battle of Messines, June 1917; 3rd Battle of Ypres, July-August 1917 (Passchendaele, Menin Road Bridge); September 1917; Second Battle of the Somme, St.Quentin, March 1918; Battle of Bapaume, March 1918 (2nd Somme).

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Les Darcy

Born James Leslie Darcy on 31 October 1895 at Stradbroke near Maitland he was a champion boxer and a folk hero. Les first made money as a boxer at 14 years of age. By September 1916 he had won 22 consecutive fights.

During 1916 Darcy was put under pressure to enlist in the army as an example for other young men to follow. Darcy was in an awkward position as a result of his Irish Catholic background. He sailed for America on 27 October 1916 (in breach of the War Precautions Act, which meant no passports were issued to young men of military age). The press had a field day, denouncing him as a shirker. On 5 April 1917 Les became a citizen of the United States.

On 27 April 1917, Darcy was admitted to hospital with septicaemia and endocarditis. While in hospital he developed pneumonia and died on 24 May 1917. Darcy's body was brought back to Australia and he received a huge funeral procession in Sydney before he was buried at East Maitland. Les stands out as one of Australia's greatest boxers, losing only four professional fights and never being knocked out.

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Snaaip @ 02 Aug 2008 17:02 schreef:



John de Voogd - deze Nederlanders verliet zijn sport Rugby voor de oorlog. Hij trad bij het Australische leger op 10 februari 1916 en sneuvelde op 12 oktober 1917 bij Passendale. Hij rust sindsdien op het Tyne Cot Cemetery (XXXV. G. 18.). Smile


Ik ben eigenlijk wel heel benieuwd naar het gehele verhaal van deze persoon. Is er meer info over hem te vinden of te lezen? Of FEW volgens mij verder niet, toch?


Een topic hierover:
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Ja, dat is wel handig van je Yvonne.
Ik heb de topic ook geopend naar aanleiding van de vraag van Paling.

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Donald Simpson Bell was born in Harrogate in 1890. He trained to become a teacher at Westminster College and while in London played for Crystal Palace.

After leaving college Bell became a teacher at Starbeck College in Harrogate. He also played as an amateur for Newcastle United but in 1912 he turned professional and played for Bradford Park Avenue.

On the outbreak of the First World War Bell became the first professional footballer to join the British Army. He enlisted as a private but by June, 1915 he had a commission in the Yorkshire Regiment. Two days after his marriage in November, 1915, he was sent to France.

Second Lieutenant Bell took part in the Battle of the Somme. On 5th July, 1916 he stuffed his pockets with grenades and attacked an enemy machine-gun post. When he attempted to repeat this feat five days later he was killed. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his action of 5th July. It is the only one ever awarded to a professional footballer.

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Spink To Sell The Only V.C. Awarded To A Professional Footballer, 2nd Lieutenant D.S. Bell

About Spink: Spink is the world’s leading auctioneer of coins, stamps, medals, banknotes, bonds, share certificates and autographs, with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Dallas. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holders of three royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offer an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.

Spink is pleased to announce the sale of the outstanding Great War July 1916 Somme V.C. casualty group of four awarded to Second Lieutenant D.S. Bell, Yorkshire Regiment. This is one of four V.C.s being sold at Spink tomorrow (Thursday). This is the first time in over a decade that this many Victoria Crosses have come up for sale in one auction. In 1913 Donald Bell, having had spells as an amateur with both Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, signed professional forms with Bradford Park Avenue F.C. After the outbreak of war in August 1914, Bell decided to serve his country in battle, ended his contract with the Football Club and enlisted as a Private in the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. In the summer of 1916, Bell performed a heroic act that saved many lives and insured his place in military history books. Under heavy military fire from a German Machine Post, Bell bravely rushed the hostile machine gun, killing the gunner with his rifle and taking out fifty other military personnel with bombs. His bravery saved many lives of British soldiers and ensured a successful attack. Sadly, five days after the attack, Bell lost his life performing yet another heroic act. Bell’s medals will be sold at auction this Thursday, 25th November 2010 and are estimated to fetch between £140,000-160,000.

History of a hero

Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell, V.C., was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, on the 3rd December 1890, the youngest son of Smith and Annie Bell, and educated at Harrogate Grammar School, and Westminster College, London. An outstanding athlete, whilst at Westminster College he was captain of athletics, and in the College's first team for cricket, rugby, football, hockey, and swimming. Standing six feet tall and weighing 14 stone, he had, as his childhood friend Archie White (later Colonel A.C.T. White, V.C., M.C.) put it: 'the build of a hammer thrower- he never looked like a runner.' Yet he had a unique gift of acceleration, and could reach his top speed within two strides. Whilst still at school he could complete the 100 yards in 10.6 seconds, and it was this lightening pace that he would later put to devastating effect. Football though was his main passion, and whilst in London he played a number of matches for Crystal Palace Football Club as an amateur. On leaving Westminster, Bell returned to Yorkshire to embark upon a career in teaching, and in 1911 was appointed an assistant master at Starbeck Council School in Harrogate, whilst on Saturdays played the occasional football match for Newcastle United, again as an amateur. However, in 1912 the salary of a young teacher, however well qualified, never exceeded £2 10s. a week, and so to supplement his income Bell signed professional forms with Bradford Park Avenue F.C., then in the Second Division of English football. He made his debut for the club at full-back on 13th April, 1913, against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineaux; the following season (1913-14) he was a key member of the team which won promotion to the top tier of English football.

At the outbreak of War in August 1914 Bell decided to join up, and obtained permission from the Directors of Bradford Park Avenue F.C. to be released from his contract. Enlisting as 15722 Private in the 9th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in November 1914, reputedly the first professional footballer to join-up following the declaration of War, he quickly rose through the ranks, and in June 1915 was Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment (the Green Howards). He went with the Regiment to France on the 25th November 1915, and was there for New Year's Eve, although not in the thick of the action: 'Missed a lively time on New Year's Eve, when our Battalion carried out a bombing raid which was highly successful. All our men came back with several slightly wounded. The Germans retaliated by shelling our line and our company had a hot time. Two of our officers were wounded, one slightly but the other very severely. As another officer is going on leave tomorrow we shall be shorthanded for our next trip into the trenches. Fortunately we are in the support which means lying low and nothing else.' (letter to the recipient's mother, dated 5.1.1916 refers).

Back in England the following summer on leave, Bell married Miss Rhoda Margaret Bonson at Kirkby Stephen, Westmoreland, on the 5th June 1916. It was a marriage that was to last just five weeks.

Attack on Horseshoe Trench

For the Great Somme Offensive, the 9th Battalion, Green Howards, was part of the 69th Brigade, 23rd Division. Their first objective was to capture an enemy position that was known as Horseshoe Trench, which ran from Lincoln Redoubt to Scots Redoubt. It was a position that was about 1,500 yards long and stood on high ground in a slight curve between La Boisselle and Mametz Wood, near the village of Contalmaison. The 69th Brigade consisted of four Yorkshire Battalions- the 11th West Yorkshires, the 10th Duke of Wellington's, and the 8th and 9th Green Howards. Before the Battle of the Somme started the 9th Green Howards had been waiting in the village of St. Sauveur which was in the valley of the River Somme to the south of the battlefield. On the 1st July they marched at night to some woods to the west of the village of Baizieux where they camped, and first heard the news of the heavy casualties sustained by the Allies on the battle's first day. The following morning they marched up to billets on the fringe of the battle area just outside the town of Albert. The following day, on the 3rd July, they marched through the town and out to positions on the Tara-Usna Ridge. At 4:00am on the morning of the 5th July, orders were given for the 8th and 9th Green Howards to enter the battle with an attack on the western side of Horseshoe Trench, but the success was nullified by a heavy counter-attack by the enemy, which drove the Allied advance posts back to their original line. Up to midday little advance had been made, and the objective of the brigade was strongly held up by the enemy. During the afternoon parties of the 11th West Yorkshires and 10th Duke of Wellington's again gradually pushed back the enemy on the eastern side, and on the western side the 9th Green Howards continued to gain ground slowly by bombing. Throughout the day Bell had been second-in-command of the Battalion's bombing section, and by mid-afternoon the artillery fire and the exertions of the infantry began to have their effect. However, at 5:45pm the enemy again rallied, and nearly the whole of the 69th Brigade was absorbed into the fight. At 6:00pm, as the Battalion made a final push, they immediately came under heavy fire from a concealed German machine gun on the left flank. The situation was critical. Bell's senior officer was knocked out, and he assumed command of his section. Seeing that the gun was holding up the advance, Bell immediately decided to attack. Crawling with two of his team up a communication trench, he launched himself across No Man's Land and charged the enemy gun at such speed that its crew had little time to react. Throwing his first bomb from 20 yards, he hit the machine-gun and put it out of action, before shooting the firer with his revolver and killing another 50 of the enemy with more bombs. The result was emphatic. Completely demoralised, the enemy could offer no further resistance to the Allied advance, and Horseshoe trench was taken, along with 146 prisoners and two machine-guns.

Writing home two days later, Bell was in celebratory mood: 'The Battalion has been in action and did splendidly, capturing a strong German position. I did not go over as I was Second in Command of the bombers. Unfortunately Gibson was knocked out so I carried on. As a result of Gibson's encounter, a machine gun was spotted on the left which could enfilade the whole of our front. When the Battalion went over, I, with my team, crawled up a communication trench and attacked the gun and the trench and I hit the gun first shot from about 20 yards and knocked it over. We then bombed the dugouts and did in about 50 Bosches. The General Commanding Officer has been over to congratulate the Battalion and he personally thanked me. I must confess it was the biggest fluke alive and I did nothing. I only chucked one bomb but it did the trick. The Company Commander says I saved the situation for this gun was doing all the damage. He told me that I was to be recommended so there is a chance of me getting a Military Cross or something. I am glad I have been so fortunate for Pa's sake, for I know he likes his lads to be top of the tree. He used to be always on about too much play and too little work, but my athletics came in handy this trip. We are out of the trenches at present and I am perfectly fit. The only thing is I am sore at elbows and knees with crawling over limestone flints &c. I believe that God is watching over me and it rests with him whether I pull through or not.' (letter to the recipient's mother, dated 7.7.1916 refers).

For his gallantry and conspicuous bravery Second Lieutenant Bell was indeed 'recommended', and his Victoria Cross was gazetted on the 9th September 1916, tragically too late for him to learn of the award. The two members of his team who accompanied him, Corporal Colwill and Private Batey, were both awarded Distinguished Conduct Medals.

Attack on Contalmaison

After four days in the reserve, on the 10th July the 8th and 9th Battalions Green Howards took part in the attack on the village of Contalmaison. At 4:00pm the village and the enemy trench in front of it were bombarded, the batteries firing in enfilade from the south and quickening their rate to cover the infantry during its approach to within assaulting distance. Fire then swept in five short bursts from the trench west of Contalmaison to its eastern edge. A smoke barrage was to have been put down by 4-inch Stokes mortars in position 400 yards west of Bailiff Wood, but although the wind was favourable it proved impossible, in the time available, to produce an effective screen. At 4:30pm the 8th and 9th Green Howards advanced from the northern part of Horseshoe Trench on a 1,000 yard front, some 2,000 yards west of Contalmaison. Moving out steadily in four waves, they were met by a murderous fire of all kinds. Heavy casualties were suffered, but at last the trench was carried, and the bulk of the enemy retreated into the ruins of the village.

Soon Contalmaison itself was entered, and although the enemy fought bravely, eventually all resistance was overcome and the village was in Allied hands. But the cost was heavy- the Green Howards had suffered over 50% casualties before reaching the trench, and at the roll call that evening only the Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel H.G. Holmes, his second in command, five subalterns, and 128 men remained out of a total force that morning of over 570. Second Lieutenant Bell was among the fallen, killed in action leading from the front in a heroic attack on the German positions, desperate once again to land a knock-out blow on the enemy. In the words of 69th Brigade's Commanding Officer, Brigadier T.S. Lambert: 'His was a great example, given at a time when it was most needed, both at the capture of the Horseshoe Trench, and at Contalmaison, when he lost his life. It is given to few to stand out among their comrades as he did, but in leading others his life was not given in vain.'

Second Lieutenant Bell was buried where he fell, and in his honour the spot, which later became a redoubt, was officially called 'Bell's Redoubt'. During his short time with the Regiment he had earned the love and respect of all who knew him, and through his noble self-denying and unflinching courage which earned him the Victoria Cross he had saved many lives. In the words of his childhood friend and fellow officer in the Green Howards, Archie White: 'Probably no one else on the front could have done what he did. Laden by steel helmet, haversack, revolver, ammunition, and Mills bombs in their pouches, he was yet able to hurl himself at the German trench at such speed that the enemy would hardly believe what their eyes saw. He was a magnificent soldier, and had he lived, with his high intelligence, superb physique, and firm religious principles, he would have risen high in his chosen profession.'

His Victoria Cross was presented to his widow by King George V in a private ceremony in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace on the 13th December 1916. Memorials were erected in his honour in his home-town of Harrogate, and at the schools where he was a boy and master. Tributes were also received from the Football community- Mr. T.E. Maley, the Secretary of Bradford Park Avenue F.C. said of him: 'A cheery, big chap, he took great interest in his men. As most of them came from football areas he soon found a way to their affection. He has triumphed, and if blameless life and unselfish and willing sacrifice have the virtue attached with which they are credited, Donald is in the possession of eternal happiness, and in his glorious record and great reward there is much to be envied.' Eighty four years later, on the 9th July 2000, a permanent memorial sponsored by the Professional Footballers' Association was unveiled at the spot where he fell- still known locally as Bell's Redoubt- by the Colonel of the Green Howards, Major-General F.R. Dannatt, C.B.E., M.C. (later General Sir Richard Dannatt, G.C.B., C.B.E., M.C.), in memory of 'The First English Professional Footballer to enlist in 1914 and the only Professional Footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross.'

Second Lieutenant Bell's shrapnel and bullet-riddled helmet, which he was wearing when he fell, was preserved from the battlefield, and is on display in the Green Howards Regimental Museum, Richmond, North Yorkshire.



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