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October 2022

Death Anniversary of Philip Walsingham Sergeant (27-i-1872 20-x-1952)

October 20
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Philip Walsingham Sergeant from A Century of British Chess from a photograph by F.A. Swaine Ltd. (1934)

BCN remembers Philip Walsingham Sergeant who passed away on Monday, October 20th 1952. PWS was born in Kensington on Saturday, January 27th, 1872 to Lewis Sergeant and Emma Louisa Sergeant (née Robertson) and was baptised at All Saints Church, Notting Hill. According to PWS's baptism record Lewis was an author. According to PWS in A Century of British Chess : "When I was seven years of age - about the period, by the way, in which my father began to…

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November 2022

Death Anniversary of Gordon Crown (20-vi-1929 17-xi-1947)

November 17
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Gordon Crown with BCM Editor Julius Du Mont observing

We remember Gordon Crown who died this day (November 17th) in 1947. Gordon Thomas Crown was born on Thursday, June 20th, 1929 to James Crown (born 18th November 1899) and Hilda M Crown (born 3rd October 1900, née Sharrott). James was a refrigerating engineer and Hilda carried out unpaid domestic duties. The birth was registered in the district of West Derby, Lancashire. Gordon attended Holt Secondary School which is now known as Childwall Sports and Science Academy. According to the…

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Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

November 19
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Death Anniversary of SIM Graham Mitchell (04-xi-1905 19-xi-1984)

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Death Anniversary of IM Robert Wade OBE (10-iv-1921 29-xi-2008)

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IM Bob Wade

We remember IM Bob Wade OBE who was born 100 years ago today on Sunday, April 10th 1921 In 1979 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Civil Division Bob Wade was awarded the OBE. The citation read simply : “For services to Chess” He won the BCF Presidents' Award in 1986. In the Foreword to the 2009 ECF Yearbook, President Gerry Walsh wrote : "As I started this report I had just heard the sad news that IM Bob Wade had died…

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December 2022

Death Anniversary of A(lfred) Christopher Reeves (19-ii-1939 03-xii-2012)

December 3
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Dr. Christopher Reeves, courtesy of British Chess, page 235. Photographer unknown

BCN remembers Dr. A(lfred) Christopher Reeves who passed away on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 in St. Agnes, Cornwall. His probate record (#4073868) is dated December 3rd, 2012 being recorded in the Bristol registry. Alfred Christopher Reeves was born in Wharfedale, Yorkshire on Sunday, February 19th, 1939. His mother's name was Tomlin. Alfred detested his first name to the extent that he asked people to call him Christopher and, when asked, told them that the A was for Arthur. For this…

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Death Anniversary of John Fuller (12-v-1928 08-xii-2004)

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John Arthur Fuller

We remember John Fuller who passed away aged 76 on Wednesday, December 8th 2004. His death was recorded in the district of Lancaster. At the end of his life he lived in Carnforth, in Lancashire. John Arthur Fuller was born in Hendon, Middlesex on Saturday, May 12th 1928. His parents were Horace Arthur Fuller (a Bank Officer) and Phyllis Fuller (née Gooch). John had three brothers: Julian Frederick who was two years older, Nigel Anthony who was three years younger…

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Death Anniversary of William Winter (11-ix-1898 18-xii-1955)

December 18
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William Winter, British Open Chess Champion, 1934. The verso frontispiece of Chess for Match Players, William Winter, London, Lawrence & Wishart, 1st edition. 1936 Author's inscription from Chess for Match Players, William Winter, London, Lawrence & Wishart, 1st edition. 1936 BCN remembers William (Willy) Winter who passed away on Sunday, December 18th, 1955 from tuberculosis (at the time known as "the white plague"). He refused to enter a sanatorium. There is some variation from sources who quote his Date of Birth.…

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Death Anniversary of Frank Parr (17-xii-1918 28-xii-2003)

December 28
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Death Anniversary of Frank Parr (17-xii-1918 28-xii-2003)

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Death Anniversary of Brian Reilly (12-xii-1901 29-xii-1991)

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Brian Patrick Reilly (12-xii-1901, 29-xii-1991)

Signature of Brian Reilly from an after dinner post card from Hastings 1945-46 We remember Brian Patrick Reilly who passed away on December 29th, 1991. Brian Reilly probably sometime in the 1920s. From The Encyclopaedia of Chess (Batsford, 1977), Harry Golombek OBE (written by Wolfgang Heidenfeld) :"Irish master born at Menton, of Irish descent, who has represented Ireland in nine Olympic team tournaments between 1935 and 1968; three times on top board. Brian observes a game during one of the…

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January 2023

Death Anniversary of Roland Scott (25-iii-1888 10-i-1953)

January 10, 2023
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Roland Henry Vaughan Scott, 1920 British Champion, British Chess Magazine, Volume XLI (1920), Number 10 (October), page 304

BCN remembers Roland Scott who passed away in Monte Carlo on Saturday, January 10th, 1953. Roland Henry Vaughan Scott was born in either Barnes or Holloway depending which Census record is correct. His parents were Walter Frederick Scott, a GP who was born in April 1960 and died in 1891 when Roland was three years of age. His mother was Lucie Vaughan was born in 1855 and died in October 1933. Roland had two sisters, Nina Vaughan Scott and Lucie…

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