Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Percy Jeeves of Goole

On Saturday 2nd March the Goole Rotary club are holding their annual hobbies exhibition in the Leisure Centre. It is always very popular and, as I have done for the last few years,  I shall be having a stall.

I am busy now putting my old pictures, many of which originally appeared in the Goole Times,  into albums so that they are easier to look at. It seems a never ending task! I am taking my printer so that I can make copies on the spot for anyone who finds a picture of themselves or their families.

Molly is keen to go out for a walk but it is so cold and grey that I am not very enthusiastic. The snowdrops in the garden are looking well - but I  am appreciating them from out of the window.

Today I have been talking to a gentleman who is writing a biography of Percy Jeeves, the cricketer. Percy was brought up in Goole, played for Warwickshire and was killed in on the Somme in 1916 while serving with the Royal Warwickshires.

His name was noticed by author P G Wodehouse who was watching a match and immortalised in his books.

Percy's parents lived down Manuel Street where Percy and his two brothers grew up and are buried in Goole cemetery.

How many people know of this Goole connection?

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