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On this day 1918: A boxing tournament at Shoreham Camp produced ‘good sport’

Amongst a range of sports that took place in Shoreham that week, a boxing tournament at Shoreham Camp, organised by Eastern Command, produced good sport and raised money for St Dunstan’s Hostel.

Brighton youth George Gallagham bested Londoner Tommy Harris and Pte. A. Robson of the London Regiment put on a good show winning his bout with Staff Sergeant Zimmer. An exciting rematch between Sergt. Evans, R.G.A. and Corpl. Power, Irish Guards, was won by Power on points.

The colonials in Camp also got involved with Corporal G. Green of the South Africans beating T. Moore from the Canadians to the dismay of Moore’s supporters.

Famous boxer Bombardier Billy Wells  boxed at Shoreham Camp early in the war. Wells, B. 1911. Modern Boxing: a practical guide to present-day methods.
Famous boxer Bombardier Billy Wells boxed at Shoreham Camp early in the war. Wells, B. 1911. Modern Boxing: a practical guide to present-day methods.

Check out the full story in the West Sussex Gazette:

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(West Sussex Gazette, 22/8/1918)
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On This Day 1918: The King at Shoreham Camp

The King made a second successful visit to Shoreham Camp. On this occasion he inspected the physical exercises and treatments for those recuperating at the Camp from injury – such as bouts of boxing. He also visited the gardens where recuperating soldiers grew vegetables – 200 tons of potatoes in the last year!

During his inspection the large detachment of South African troops then at the Camp greeted the King with a wild ‘war whoop’.

The King also took time to present the Military Medal to Corporal Balls with an audience that included locally employed German prisoners.

He completed his visit to the coast with a trip to the Eastern Command Depot.

The King on his first visit to Shoreham Camp in 1916. The Illustrated War News, November 8th 1916 - part 22.
The King on his first visit to Shoreham Camp in 1916. The Illustrated War News, November 8th 1916 – part 22.

 

Check out the full story in the Mid-Sussex Times:

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 (Mid-Sussex Times 02/04/1918)
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