A grandfather who appealed for help in naming his father’s football team mates has been overwhelmed by the public’s response to his plea.
Andrew Dodwell, 56, reached out to Thame Gazette readers in the hope that they may be able to help name some of the sportsmen in his father Bernard’s football team from Lord Williams’s School in 1914.
Andrew, of Thame, said: “I have been amazed at the interest shown in the photo from readers and also of the school itself, as well as details the school archive department have been able to supply.”
Previously, Andrew had only managed to identify his father – on the front row, far right – and the sports master Ron West, in the centre.
Now, thanks to locals Anne Sobolevski and Bill West getting in touch, he has been able to positively identify Anne’s grandfather and full back Headley Purser, as well as Bill’s father and sportsmaster Ron West.
Further research from the Thame secondary school’s archivists has uncovered the surnames of some of the team members.
The goalkeeper has been identified as Green, full backs as Purser and Warwick, half backs as Woodcock, Golby and Burrell, and the forwards as Vertigen, Dodwell, Martin, Dancer and West.
Andrew has also discovered new information about his late father. He said: “I have learnt that he was the winner of the 1915 Junior Challenge Cup, as he won 100, 220 and 440yds and came second in the hurdles and long jump. I have the cup on my mantlepiece now.”
If you recognise one of the surnames and believe your relative could be in the team, Andrew would love to hear from you on 01844 212060 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org