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Cover Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978)

Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978)  

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Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899–1978) by A. R. Coster, 1924 [after winning the 100 yards at the AAA championship at Stamford Bridge, London, on 21 June 1924] Getty Images – A. R. Coster

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Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant  

Norris McWhirter

Abrahams, Harold Maurice (1899–1978), athlete and civil servant, was born at 30 Rutland Road, Bedford, on 15 December 1899, the youngest in the family of two daughters and four sons of Isaac Klonimus (1850–1921) of Vladislavovka in Russian-occupied Poland and his wife, Esther Isaacs...

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Anthony, Donald William James [Don] (1928–2012), athlete, sports administrator, and historian  

Peter Lovesey

Anthony, Donald William James [Don] (1928–2012), athlete, sports administrator, and historian, was born at 43 Middle Ope, Watford, on 6 November 1928, the son of George Anthony, bricklayer, and his wife, Annie Eva, née Starkey. Educated at Watford grammar school, he excelled at sport, playing for ...

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Applegarth, William Reuben [Bill] (1890–1958), athlete  

Martin Polley

Applegarth, William Reuben [Bill] (1890–1958), athlete, was born at 3 Union Street, Guisborough, Yorkshire, on 11 May 1890, the son of Henry Applegarth, a journeyman grocer, and his wife, Harriet, née Bulmer. Soon after his birth the family moved to Kentish Town, London...

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Cover Applegarth, William Reuben (1890–1958)

Applegarth, William Reuben (1890–1958)  

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William Reuben Applegarth (1890–1958) by unknown photographer, 1912 © Popperfoto/Getty Images

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Bailey, Emmanuel McDonald [Mac] (1920–2013), athlete  

Mel Watman

Bailey, Emmanuel McDonald [Mac] (1920–2013), athlete, was born on 8 December 1920 in the village of Hard Bargain, Williamsville, Trinidad. He was educated at Tranquility Boys' School in Port of Spain (of which his father, Charles McDonald Bailey, was headmaster) and Queen's Royal College for Boys...

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Bailey, Emmanuel McDonald (1920–2013)  

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Emmanuel McDonald Bailey (1920–2013) by unknown photographer, 1952 ANL / Rex Features / Shutterstock

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Bannister, Sir Roger Gilbert (1929–2018), athlete, neurologist, and college head  

Mel Watman and Alan Craft

Bannister, Sir Roger Gilbert (1929–2018), athlete, neurologist, and college head, was born on 23 March 1929 at Millbrook, Sumner Road, Harrow, Middlesex, the younger child and only son of Ralph Bannister (1894–1971), a civil servant then serving as a technical officer in the ...

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Bannister, Sir Roger Gilbert (1929–2018)  

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Bennett, Charles (1870–1948), athlete  

Ian Buchanan

Bennett, Charles (1870–1948), athlete, the third son and fifth child of Henry Bennett and his wife, Peggy Kerley, was born on 28 December 1870 on a farm at Shapwick, near Wimborne, Dorset, where his father worked as a labourer. Nothing is known of his childhood; he later worked as a railway engine driver at ...

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Board, Lillian Barbara (1948–1970)  

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Board, Lillian Barbara (1948–1970), athlete  

Rachel Cutler

Board, Lillian Barbara (1948–1970), athlete, was born in Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa, on 13 December 1948, the second of the three children of George Board, a builder, and his wife, Frances Eleanor, née Hamnett. She had a twin sister, Irene, born fifteen minutes after her. Her parents had emigrated from ...

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Brasher, Christopher William [Chris] (1928–2003), athlete, journalist, and businessman  

Martin Polley

Brasher, Christopher William [Chris] (1928–2003), athlete, journalist, and businessman, was born on 21 August 1928 in Georgetown, British Guiana, the son of William Kenneth Brasher, a Colonial Office engineer, and his wife, Katie Howe Brasher. His family moved to Jerusalem and then, when ...

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Brasher, Christopher William (1928–2003)  

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Christopher William Brasher (1928–2003) by unknown photographer, 1956 © Popperfoto

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Brown, (Arthur) Godfrey Kilner (1915–1995), athlete and schoolmaster  

Richard Holt

Brown, (Arthur) Godfrey Kilner (1915–1995), athlete and schoolmaster, was born on 21 February 1915 in Bankura, Bengal, India, the fourth child and third son of the Revd Arthur E. Brown, principal of Bankura College, Bengal, and his wife, Gertrude Parsons. His parents met at ...

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Bruce, Clarence Napier, third Baron Aberdare (1885–1957), athlete  

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Bruce, Clarence Napier, third Baron Aberdare (1885–1957), athlete, was born in London on 2 August 1885. He was the second son of Henry Campbell Bruce, second Baron Aberdare (1851–1929), and grandson of Henry Austin Bruce, first Baron Aberdare and home secretary. His mother, ...

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Bryant, John William (1944–2020), athlete, journalist, and newspaper executive  

Christopher McKane

Bryant, John William (1944–2020), athlete, journalist, and newspaper executive, was born on 25 April 1944 at the hospital in Crewkerne, Somerset, and brought up at Swan Cottage in the Somerset village of Haselbury Plucknett, where his parents, James Douglas John (Jim) Bryant (...

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Butler, Guy Montagu (1899–1981), athlete  

Wray Vamplew

Butler, Guy Montagu (1899–1981), athlete, was born at Church Hill, Harrow, Middlesex, on 25 August 1899, the only son of Edward Montagu Butler (1866–1948), assistant master at Harrow School, and his wife, Gertrude Mary, née Fair (d. 1945). He was born into a family with sporting prowess: his father won blues for cricket and athletics at ...

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