Category Archives: England

Spotlight on John Warburton Sagar

Born on the 6th December 1878 at Deaf Hill, Trimdon, Durham, John Warburton Sagar was the eldest son of the Reverend Oates Sagar and Hannah Warburton.  He was educated at Durham School and Jesus College, Cambridge. Whilst at Cambridge, he … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Edgar Roberts Mobbs (England), 31/07/1917

Edgar Roberts Mobbs was born in Northampton.  He was one of six children of Oliver Linnel Mobbs and his wife Elizabeth Anne.  His father was an engineer and his mother came from a background in shoemaking, for which Northampton was … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Arthur James Wilson (England), 31/07/1917

Arthur James Wilson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, the son of Henry Bainbridge Wilson and his wife Emily Jane.  Henry was a wool, skin and hide broker, and Emily’s father was a master rope maker.  In all they had … Continue reading

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Passchendaele and the last moments of Edgar Mobbs, 31st July 1917

By capturing the village of Passchendaele, the British hoped to progress in the direction of the Belgian coast where the Allies might curtail the threat of the German U-boat.  After long deliberation Prime Minister Lloyd George agreed Field Marshal Haig’s … Continue reading

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Remembering Drewy Stoddart – ‘the most famous sportsman in Queen Victoria’s empire’

Name: Andrew Ernest Stoddart  Birthplace: Westoe Position: Threequarter Total Caps: 10 Calcutta Cups: 1 retained Triple Crowns:  0 Outright Championship Victories: 0 Grand Slams: n/a World Cups: n/a

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Lest We Forget – George Eric Burroughs Dobbs (England) 17/06/1917

George Eric Burroughs Dobbs was born in Co Kilkenny, near Castlecomer where his father Joseph owned a coal mine.  Joseph had married Mary Augusta Harte in Dublin in 1878 and they had seven children, George being the 2nd of four … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – John Edward Raphael (England) 11/06/1917

John Edward Raphael was born in Belgium and died in Belgium, though this did not prevent him becoming one of England’s most accomplished sportsmen of his day, exemplified by the fact that at Oxford he won 14 Blues across four … Continue reading

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