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CAPT. W. F. C. HOLLAND. Durham L.I., who died suddenly last week at Seaham Harbour, was one of the best known figures at Henley Regatta, being on the Committee of Management and officiating as judge, positions he held at the last meeting in 1914. During his active rowing career, Capt. Holland took a very prominent part in eight-oared racing, and was in the Oxford crew against Cambridge four years in, succession, 1887–1890, being at bow three years and at stroke in 1889. Cambridge won in the first three years, but in 1890 Oxford proved successful by a bare length, the first of a series of nine wins. Capt. Holland started his rowing career at Jiton, wnere, too, he did well in running and jumping. In 1885 he obtained his place at bow in the Eton eight for Henley, and the crew won easily, beating Oriel and Corpus, Oxford, in heat and final respectively of the Ladies’ Plate. In the following year he was at 2 in an Oxford Etonian crew for the Grand Challenge Cup, which reached the filial to be beaten by Trinity Hall, and rowed unsuccess fully in 1887 in another Oxford Etonian crew. In 1888 C’ap’t. Holland took part in three races at Henley he was bow in the Learider C’.ub eight for the “Grand which beat London and lost the final to Thames, and 2 in the Brasenose College four which beat Thames in a heat for the Stewards’, and lost the final to Trinity Hall, while in the Visitors’ the crew beat Pembroke College in a heat and Trinity Hall second crew in the final. In 1889 he was rowing for Leander in both the Grand and “Stewards’,” but the Thames R.C., then at the top of their form, won’ both events. In 1890 Brasenose put on ail eight for the Grand, “Jwith Capt. Holland at 3, which reached the final and went down to London, and he was at bow in the Brasenose four which won the Stewards’ from Leander and Thames. In 1891 Leander made a deter mined effort to upset the Henley supremacy of the Metro politan clubs, and Capt. Holland was at bow in the powerful eight for the “Grand” stroked by C. W. Kent, which rowed a dead-heat with Thames R.C., won the “row-off,” and then defeated London II. C. in the final in record time he was also in the Brasenose four for the Stewards’, beaten by Magdalen. Capt. Holland did not row at Henley in 1892, but in 1893 took part in the “Grand,” “Stewards’,” and “Goblets,” winning the eights under Leander colours, beating Magdalen,. Trinity (Dublin),and London, and losing the fours and pairs. His last racing appearance at Henley was in 1896, when he was at 7 in the Leander eight which beat Yale University and New College in heats and Thames R.C. in the final, and also rowed for the Goblets, being beaten by the brothers Nickalls. Capt. Holland in later years had much to do with the coaching of Oxford crews, and, as a resident of Wargrave, took groat interest in local river sport. He will be greatly missed by all Thames men,. Cricketers will regret to read that the ray of hope that depends from the sufficiently meagre official “missing” has been removed by the appearance of the more dreaded “missing, believed killed” in the case of W. W. Odell, the one-time Leicestershire medium-paced righthanded bowler.. He was for several years a very useful bowler owing to his attack possessing that rare quality, genjuine “nip from the off. Here and there some did detect a suspicious Hick in his delivery, but I must say that, though I have played with and against him I never could say that his action was other than perfectly legal. It w,as from knowledge of Odell’s off-breaking powers that, some of us made no mistake when in 1907 we decided that the chief bowlers of P. W. Sherwells South African team were about to make history. The opening match of that tour was played on a perfect wicket at Leicester, where the pitch used to be particularly good. Where Odell could scarcely make the ball turn at all Schwarz and Vogler had no difficulty in making it “do” the breadth of the wicket. Lt. James Haslam, Artists’ Rifles (County of London Regt.), who was killed in action on October 30th, was prominently associated with rowing and other sport at Reading. For some years he was a tower of strength to the Reading Rowing Club. He stroked the four for the Wyfold Cup at Henley in 1905. 1906, and 1907, and although beaten on each occasion by London, the crew won other events at Molesey. Reading, Marlow, Henley Town, Bourne End, Maidenhead, and other regattas. He also took part successfully in skiff racing at the up-river regattas. In the winter he played hockey for the Berk shire Gentlemen and other clubs, and football for the Reading Amateurs. Brig. -Gen. Cecil G. Rawlirg, who has been killed, was the Tibetan explorer who in 1903 surveyed 40,000 square miles of Western Tibet, and who in 1904-5 commanded the Gar- tok Expedition in the same part of the world. From1909 to 1911 he was Chief Survey Officer, and afterwards leader, of the British Expedit:on to Dutch New Guinea, where he discovered a new pigmy race. A writer ill Tim Times states that Brig.-Gen. Rawling “had a passion for high mountains and the waste places of the earth.” He had explored the northern slopes of the Himalaya, and he it was who. finally determined1 the source of that elusive river, the Brahmaputra. He always bel’eved that MountEverest could be climbed from the Tibetan side, and had planned out an attempt on that high elevation when the outbreak of war called him to grimmer tasks. Many Rugby Unionists will have read with regret of the death from wounds of D. Gallagher, the captain of the 1905 New Zealand team that, as most people think, came to these isles and went undefeated. He was, I think, the quietest captain I have ever seen or heard. A good deal appeared in the papers in those days from the moment the team was christened the “All-Blacks,” butnone of that booming came at the instigation of the man ager, G. H. Dixon, or the captain. Indeed, it is doubtful whether any critic of the game had much of a talk with any members of that team, whatever may be said to the contrary. 1 travelled all over the kingdom, and was fortunate enough to see more of this team’s matches than any other writer on the game except one, since I regret to say deceased, and the silence of Gallagher and h:s men was as that of the Navy. Another proof that doers are not talkers. I regret to learn that Sec. -Lt. Donald Arthur George Buchanan Ryley, North Staffordshire Regt., the Lady Margaret B.C. oarsman, who was reported missing on February 11th last, is now officially reported as presumed to have been killed on that date. He rowed in the L.M.B.C. four which entered for the Visitors’ Cup and Wyfold Cup at Henley, the crew being stroked by D. I. Day, who made such a splendid bow oar in the fine Cambridge eight of 1914, and who fell in the war last year. Ladv Margaret were beaten by Pembroke (Cam bridge) in the Visitors’, but they won the Wyfold by defeating Queens’ (Cambridge) and University (Oxford). In 1914 Lt. Rvley again rowed for Lady Margaret and the eight which went to Henley for the Ladies’ Plate suffered defeat from a strong First Trinity crew. Lady .Margaret also entered a four for the Visitors’ with three of the men (including D. 1. Day and Lt. Ryley) that were in the winning crew for the Wyfolds the previous year, and the Johnians carried off the trophy, beating Brasenose (Oxford) in the heat and Magdalen (Oxford) in the final. Lt. James Crafter, who was reported missing on July 7th, was subsequently ascertained to have been killed on that date while flying over the German lines. Of his three brothers who also joined the forces, one has been killed and another discharged wounded. Mr. Tom Crafter, senior, despite these bereavements, has turned out Saturday after Saturday as trail-layer for the Blackheath Harriers, of which he is president and of which club all his sons were members, in order to keep things going. Lt. James Crafter was a distinguished athlete in many branches of sport. As hon. secretary of the BlackheathLacrosse Club he naturally took a keen interest in the great Canadian game, while at cricket he was a useful member of the Forest Hill C.C. Long distanc
e walking also had for him a great attraction, while swimming and water polo were also among his recreations. He went to France in September. 1914. A well-known international goalkeeper, Sergt. F. -L Griffiths, died in France last month from wounds received in action. His good work for the Stalybridge Club attracted the notice of the directors of the Millwall F.C., and they persuaded Sergt. Griffiths to come to London to assist the Southern League Club. In season 1899-1900 he was given his international cap and played for Wales against England and Scotland. A good many more than Lorettonians, Lancastrians, and Liverpudlians will regret to know that Capt. R. R. Jackson, M.C., R.F.A., has died of wounds received in action. He was a good wing three in the Liverpool and Lancashire fifteens, and was a member of that notable Liverpool team at Aigburth which, captained by the late F. H. Turner, captain of Scotland, had in its ranks the late R. W. Poulton Palmer, captain of England, and R. A. Lloyd, captain of Ireland. Few clubs have ever had three international captains of the same year in their team; indeed, this may be the only instance. Jackson used to play on the wing to Lt.-Col. A. W. Angus (Wat- sonians and Scotland) in that team, and the other two threes were R. W. Poulton Palmer and T. W. Lloyd. Jackson had played with success for Lancashire, and was spoken of as a likely international. As ho was the son of Mr. Stafford Jackson, of Liverpool, it may be that he would have played for England, but the Macleod brothers’ family lived in Lancashire, and both, educated at Fettes, played for Scotland at Rugby football, though K G. played for Lancashire at cricket. Rarely do old Scottish schoolboys play for any other but Scotland. French Rugby football has lost its fifteenth international player in the person of Henri Isaac, who fell in action during the recent advance on Laon. He will be remem bered by the manv who witnessed the international match at Richmond, in 1907 I think it was, when, after England had won easily, the crowd paid Isaac the most unusual compliment of carrying him off the field, an honour usually conferred only upon a player who has won a match. But Tsaac made himself extremely popular that day alike by his nlav. his pluck, and his vivacity. Rugby footballfeels sure he died finely.

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Nov, 17 1917

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