8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby plbramham » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:23 pm

8th Border football team c 1915 ( "rugby football"? - there's 15 players?) , officers & Sergeants. Location unknown.
Currently only identifiable is extreme right back row Sjt. Walter Dixon of Kendal - still wearing a Kendal Rugby shirt ( died between 3rd -5th July 1916 during the battalion's first action on The Somme.)
Photo from his great nephew, Peter Shand in Canada,
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby hussar1000 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:47 am

Great photo! Thanks for posting.
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby kerchi » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:36 am

Great to see Walter Dixon in another photo. Thanks to Peter in Canada for passing this on to you Paul and sharing with us.
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby kerchi » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:37 am

You can just make out 4 spectators in the background on the right. Shame about unknown location.
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby plbramham » Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:20 am

Re: "Shame about unknown location"
Spectators have civilian clothing and some have flat caps? - must be in England eh?!!
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby kerchi » Tue Apr 08, 2014 8:57 pm

plbramham wrote:Re: "Shame about unknown location"
Spectators have civilian clothing and some have flat caps? - must be in England eh?!!

Well at least that narrows it down a bit ;-)
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby petertheelder » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:47 am

My guess is that it may be have been taken in September 1914, at Codford, on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire where the battalion started training. The trees are still in leaf and a rugby game would likely have attracted locals who would want to see (and likely support) these new volunteers. I'm not familiar with the terrain around the Codford camps, certainly not my idea of a plain.
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby plbramham » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:16 pm

Good suggestion Peter, and nice to hear from you again.
For readers who do not know , Peter is the great nephew of Serjeant ( yes it was spelt with a "J") Walter Dixon of Kendal, 8th Border, died between 3rd-5th July 1916 on The Somme,
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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby mrdeacon » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:22 pm

I am going for a newspaper clipping I have from the West Cumberland Times dated Feb. 24. 1915.

Rugby Union 8th Bn Border's playing 10th Cheshire's at Codford on the parade ground. This was the second game according to the newspaper.

Team was -

Fullback - Nettleton
Three Quarters - Waugh, Craighill, Holmes, W Reed.
Half backs - F. Dixon and Lance Corpl Lymn.
Forwards - Sergt Dixon, R. Dixon, Chambers, Sergt Chambers, Jeffrey, Oatway, Pennington, R Ellson, Hodgson.

The game ended Border,s - 0 Cheshires 16.

Unfortunately I am struggling to attach the newspaper clippings to the forum sorry.

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Re: 8th Border football - rugby football team c 1915

Postby plbramham » Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:53 pm

That's him Mike, the Sergeant! There were two Kendal " Dixons" in the team, I think Chambers and Nettleton were also another 8th Bn casualties.
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