H.G. Bache – Death of a famous amateur footballer


"Play Up, Liverpool"

Tuesday, February 15 – 1916
News has been received at West Bromwich that Lieutenant H.G. Bache (Harold Godfrey Bache), the well-known amateur footballer, was killed last Tuesday at Ypres.

In October, 1914, H.G. Bache enlisted in the Lincolnshire Regiment with a “Pals” battalion formed by his brother Councillor C.S. Bache, who was then Mayor of West Bromwich.

After some months he secured a commission, and was attached to the 10th Lancashire Fusiliers, with whom he had been in France a few months. He was about twenty-five years of age.

An all-round athlete, H.G. Bache could hold his own in the best company at cricket, lawn tennis, and hockey, but it was as an Association footballer that he excelled. A clever centre forward, and usually a deadly shot, he gained his “blue” at Cambridge, was a valuable member of the Corinthians F.C., and gained international honours.

A couple of seasons ago…

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