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Tournament: 8th Varsity Match • Venue: St. George's Chess Club, 20 King Street, London • Date: Thursday 18 March 1880
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The 8th Varsity Chess Match between Oxford University and Cambridge University was held at St. George's Chess Club, King Street, St. James's, London, on Thursday 18 March 1880 with Wilhelm Steinitz adjudicating unfinished games. Start time: 2pm, end time 6.30pm. Time limit: 20 moves per hour.

Bd Oxford University
Game 1
Game 2
Cambridge University
1b Walter Montague Gattie (Christ Church)
0-1
0-1
William Hewison Gunston (St John's)
2w Edward Herring Kinder (Brasenose)
0-1
½-½
James Fearn Sugden (Trinity Hall)
3b Robert Arthur Germaine (Brasenose)
0-1
0-1
Francis Parker Carr (St Catharine's)
4w Charles Taylor (Christ Church)
0-1
-
Frank Morley (King's)
5b Robert George Hunt (Merton)
0-1
0-1
Reginald Colebrooke Reade (King's)
6w Charles Scott Malden (Trinity)
0-1
½-½
Symons Sympson Tovey (Trinity)
7b Barton Reginald Vaughan Mills (Christ Church)
0-1
0-1
Walter Arthur Atmore (St John's)
   
1-12
 

Sources: Oxford-Cambridge Chess Matches (1873-1987), (compiled by Jeremy Gaige, Philadelphia 1987); ; Sergeant, Philip W, A Century of Chess (London 1934), p295-296 & 344 (ref'd as PWS); FreeBMD & other statutory records; Ancestry.com; FindMyPast.com; Who Was Who 1897-2007; Wikipedia. 4 of the 13 games played are available in the download.

The Field, 20 March 1880 (probably written by Wilhelm Steinitz): "THE INTER-UNIVERSITY CHESS MATCH. In a modest and unassuming manner, appropriate to the Universities for the ascendancy in the game of chess passed off on Thursday last, in the privacy of the St. George's Chess Club. According to the judgment of connoisseurs, before starting the Cantabs had the best prospects of victory, though the exact organisation of their team was not known until shortly before the commencement of the contest. The members of the Cambridge University Chess Club were known to be much more numerous than their adversaries, and they had the great advantage of having measured their forces against the great winner of the Paris tournament, who recently paid them a visit. The Cantabs had given an excellent account of their talents in their trial against the celebrated blindfold player, who could not obtain more than an even score in his performance at Cambridge. Their representatives included three competitors new to the public, but possessing the fullest confidence of their party, which, as it turned out, was well deserved, though at the outset the new accessions raised some doubt in the opinion of experts, when the Oxonians marshalled to the battle the tried team of last year (only slightly altered in the order of strength), which had on that occasion lost the contest with the honourable minority of only one game.

"Under all the circumstances, the final result of the match—which gave a hollow victory for the Cantabs, who scored eleven won games and two draws, without a single loss—must have taken even the victors themselves by surprise. Small influences often cause great effects, and the superior training of the Cantabs, opposed to the want of practice on the part of their adversaries, may in some measure account for such an extraordinary success. It is also due to state that, with the exception of last year's contest, all the previous Inter-University chess matches were decided by large majorities for the winning party. Nevertheless, such a one-sided issue is likely to remain as singular in the annals of chess contests as it undoubtedly will appear on the present occasion.

"The match commenced a few minutes after two o'clock, under the usual rules, which had only been subjected to slight modifications by consent of the two captains, a time limit of twenty moves per hour was added to the conditions; the maximum number of games to be played between each pair was fixed at two; a quarter of an hour's adjournment was to be allowed at four o’clock, and the termination of the contest to take place at half-past six.

"The toss fell to Cambridge, whose representatives had therefore the first move on four boards in the first round. The two games of Board No. 1 will be found below. The opponents were the same as last year, but the Oxonian did not show good form in the conduct of the defence, while his opponent pursued his attack with steadiness and caution, until at last an opportunity arose for winning a piece, which Gunston promptly seized, and obtained the first victory of the contest about ten minutes to four. The second game, which was commenced after the adjournment, lasted till shortly after six o'clock.

"At Board No. 2 Kinder offered the Q gambit, which was declined, and both parties turned their games into a Q fianchetto, the defence for a long time imitating the first player’s moves. About the eleventh move the Oxonian left one of his centre pawns unguarded, which Sugden won, forcing shortly afterwards an exchange of queens. Kinder's game gradually grew worse, until on the twentieth move he was threatened with the unavoidable loss of the clear exchange. The Oxonian elected to give up a B for a P, but without in the least succeeding in altering the unfavourable aspect of his position. He had ultimately to succumb on the forty second move, shortly before the adjournment.

"In the second game, a Sicilian defence, Kinder, by a clever manoeuvre, gained a P from his opponent, who had lost a move in the opening. He simultaneously effected an exchange of queens and doubled two adverse pawns, isolated on the c-file. He, however, did not press his advantage sufflciently, and made some injudicious exchanges which enabled the opponent to come out with a Kt against B in the ending, and subsequently to dissolve the weak doubled pawn. The game lasted till the time fixed for the termination of the match and when the umpire, Mr Steinitz, was called to adjudicate upon it, it presented the position given below on the diagram.

"On Board No. 3 Germaine lost a clear pawn on the fourth move of the defence in the Roy Lope [sic], having overlooked that the opponent had already protected the e-pawn with the N, he played 4.a3 and Carr answered by exchanging knights, thus doubling the adverse pawns besides coming out with a P plus. The Cantab steadily increased his advantage, and compelled his opponent to resign about four o’clock. In the second round the Oxonian played an irregular Giuoco Piano with Qe2 on the 4th move, but allowed his opponent early to take the attack in hand, which the Cantab was not slow to avail himself of. The Oxonian tried to relieve himself by a counter-attack at the sacrifice of some pawns, but failed to make the least impression. His game became gradually worse with four minus, while his opponent pressed upon him with two combined passed pawns which had already crossed the sixth line, and at half-past five o'clock he resigned the hopeless task of further defence. Carr, who had played sixth last year, well deserved his promotion.

"On Board No. 4 the Cantabs had not arrived at the commencement of the match, and, after a quarter of an hour's grace, his sandglass was set running until Morley put in an appearance about ten minutes to three o'clock. Morley is a new competitor, but a player of excellent promise, to judge from his performance in the even tournament of the Cambridge University Chess Club, where he obtained chief honours, after beating every one of his opponents, thirteen in number, without losing or drawing a single game. He declined the Evans Gambit in the defence, but was rather flurried and hasty in the opening, having to make up for lost time and to play twenty moves within half an hour. He acquitted himself of his task, but only at the cost of position and of a clear P. He, however, began to recover towards the middle part of the game, owing to the remissness of his opponent, who did not press the attack with sufficient energy. At the 27th move the Cantab effected the brilliant sacrifice of a R, whereby he was enabled to win the adverse Q for R and B. Taylor after that defended himself very well considering the odds against him, and the Oxonian made the final issue doubtful for some time. The game lasted all through the contest, and had at last to be submitted to the decision of the umpire in the following position.

"On Board No. 5 Hunt, as second player, adopted Philidor's defence, but left himself open to the loss of a piece in two moves, already on the 6th move. He struggled after that with some ingenuity against heavy odds, and actually had an opportunity on the 24th move to recover his piece, but missed it. Reade then played very steadily. and about four o'clock had obtained a decisively winning position. In the second round the Oxonian adopted the Scotch Gambit, but could not recover the P sacrificed, and by some weak play allowed the opponent a strong attack, which the Cantab took vigorously in hand, and ultimately the latter had won a clear K, while Hunt’s pieces on the Q side were all shut up. The game ended at a quarter to six in favour of the Cantab.

"On Board No. 6 Malden, who had opened the Four Kts game, had obtained a slight advantage in the position, but lost his Q clean for a Kt on the 21st move by an oversight. His defeat became soon a certainty, though he struggled on to the 34th move. Tovey mated him at last, shortly after the adjournment. In the second game the Oxonian adopted a Two Kts defence, which was spun out without the least loss on either side until the termination of the match, and the umpire had no hesitation to declare it a draw, as the positions were also quite equal.

"On Board No. 7 Mills defended the Ruy Lopez, and held an even positon after exchanging queens, and up to the ending, in which however he lost first a P by an oversight, which broke up his position and made his pawns untenable. Atmore ultimately forced his opponent to resign at about five minutes to five o'clock. The second game was indifferently opened on both sides. The Oxonian left a P en prise from the fourth move, which his opponent would not take until he was almost forced to it. The Cantab after this played with considerable skill, and augmented his position until his opponent fell into a trap, whereby he lost his Q. The following list contains the detailed final score, and the pairing of this remarkable contest, the result of which leaves Cambridge two matches ahead in the record of annual contest.

"A select number of members and visitors attended the contest, and the company included Gen. Vvall [Vialls], Col. Law, Capt. Beaumont, the Hon. Lindsay, the Revs. Messrs Crichton, Lewis, Ranken, Wayte, Messrs Boursot, Cattley, Foster, Francis, Gumpel, Hoffer, Kunwald, Minchin, W. N. Strode, Thornton, Wyvill, and Zukertort.

"At eight o'clock, the University teams were entertained at dinner at the Criterion by the members of the St. George's Chess Club; and about forty gentlemen sat down, with Mr W. N. Strode in the chair. The toast of the evening—the health of the Cambridge and Oxford University Chess Club, coupled with the names of their respective presidents—Messrs Reade and Taylor, was received with enthusiasm, and the two presidents were warmly greeted before and after their response.

"The Hon. Mr Lindsay proposed the health of the Chess Masters, coupled with the names of Messrs Steinitz and Zukertort, who returned thanks. Mr Minchin proposed the health of the Champion of the St. George's Chess Club, the Rev. W. Wayte. The toast of the Chess Press, proposed by Mr Francis, coupled with the names of the Rev. C. E. Ranken and Herr Zukertort, who severally replied, and other toasts followed. In the various speeches the University guests were welcomed by their hosts, while the University players warmly expressed their thanks for the hospitality bestowed upon them."


[Chess-Monthly, April 1880, p.225-6] THE INTER-UNIVERSITY CHESS MATCH. - The annual contest for supremacy in our intellectual pastime is now a permanent institution with the sister Universities. For many years past Oxford and Cambridge had an annual match which was fought out by correspondence - a lengthy and cumbrous proceeding, To Mr. Steinitz belongs the merit of having suggested (in 1872) to the Presidents of the University Chess Clubs, Messrs, Ed. Anthony and J. de Soyres, the advisability of substituting a match over the board, to be played in London during the University week. The first three matches - '73, '74, and '75 - were played under the auspices of the City of London Chess Club; in 1876 the Universities were the guests of the West-End Chess Club; since 1877 the St. George's Chess Club is the recognised battlefield of these modest duels.

"The last match took place on Thursday, the 18th of March; play commenced at about two o'clock, and proceeded - save a quarter of an hour's interruption at four - until 6.30 p.m. The public at large does not take the same interest in the Chess match as in the other contests of the Universities, the number of Caissa's disciples being limited; but any sport of the two great Universities is always watched with eagerness, as from these two national centres of learning are recruited our future statesmen and generals, legislators and lawyers. Notwithstanding that the match was played in a private club, the attendance of members and visitors was numerous. We noticed Gen. Vialls, Col. Law, Maj. Ross, Capt. Beaumont, Revs. Messrs. Crichton, Lewis, Ranken, and Wayte, Messrs. Boursot, Burroughs, Cattley, Foster, Francis, Gümpel, Hoffer, Kunwald, Lindsay, Minchin, Salter, Simpson, Strode, Wyvill, Zukertort, &c.

"By mutual consent a time-limit of twenty moves an hour was adopted; the toss for the first move was won by the Light Blues. At starting the clocks and sand-glasses seemed to embarrass the players, but they soon became accustomed to a practice which was evidently novel to many of them. The result is so far unsatisfactory, as the Oxonians failed to score a single game.
[scorecard]

Three of the games, not being finished at 6.30, were adjudicated by Mr. Steinitz, who acted as umpire, as heretofore. The present victory places Cambridge two matches ahead. It does not require any great perspicacity of mind to find the reason of such a great defeat. We do not think that anyone ever arrived at the position of a first-rate Chess-player, however great his natural capacity may have been, unless backed up by the most persistent industry; nor have we ever heard of a Chess-player being born with a silver Pawn in his mouth. Cambridge's victory was anticipated and predicted as certain by Zukertort, after he had tried conclusions with the Light Blues during his recent visit. A careful perusal of the thirteen games - two will be found in another part of this number - told us plainly the main reason of the complete breakdown of the dark colours; absolute want of practice, as the fact proves that most of the games were conducted fairly up to a certain point and then thrown away by a blunder.

"At eight o'clock the teams of the Universities dined with the members of the St. George's Club in a special room at the Criterion Restaurant. About forty gentlemen sat down to an excellent repast, W. N. Strode, Esq., in the chair. After the usual loyal toast, the welfare of the Cambridge and Oxford Chess Clubs was proposed by the Chairman and responded to by the respective Presidents, Messrs. Reade and Taylor. Their spirited replies were received with general applause. Mr. Lindsay proposed, in a humorous speech, the health of the Masters of the Game, coupled with the names of Messrs. Steinitz and Zukertort who expressed their thanks. The toast of the Press could certainly not have been entrusted to a better advocate than Mr.Francis, who spoke most feelingly and eloquently, showing himself to be perfectly familiar with the subject. Mr. Francis spoke of the CHESS-MONTHLY in terms which are certainly above our deserts, and called finally upon Messrs. Zukertort and Ranken to reply. The former invited his senior literary confrère to take the lead, and Messrs. Ranken and Zukertort returned thanks accordingly. Mr, Minchin proposed the health of the Champion of the St. George's Club (Rev. Mr. Wayte) in flattering terms, and the rev. gentleman returned thanks. Several other toasts followed, in which the members expressed a hope of having the pleasure of entertaining the Universities on future occasions. Mr. Minchin dwelt on the fact that the Universities Chess Clubs were the chief recruiting ground of the St. George's. The company separated, after a very pleasant evening, at 11.30 p.m.


Huddersfield College Magazine, 1880: "OXFORD v. CAMBRIDGE. (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) The annual Chess match between the two Universities took place on Thursday, March 18th [1880], being, as usual, on the Thursday before the boat race. The rooms of the St. George's Chess Club in St. James's were the scene of the contest, as that club very kindly invites the members of the University Clubs to contend in its rooms and also invites them to a sumptuous dinner when the match is over.

"The Oxford team was the same as that of 1879, while in the Cambridge team there were a few alterations. Unfortunately for the Dark Blues two or three of their team were not in practice but no one present anticipated such an ending to the match as actually occurred. The Cambridge men on the other hand had been making strenuous exertions to render their players thoroughly efficient, and for that purpose they invited during the past term that celebrated player Dr. Zukertort to come to Cambridge and play blindfold against the members of the club who were about to take part in the University Match. The Cantabs then gave such a good account of themselves against this world-famed player that they were considered by the "Cognoscenti" to have a good chance of success.

"On entering the rooms of the St. George's Club the University men were most kindly received by the members and their courteous secretary, Mr. Minchin. One felt slightly awed at the sight of the large boards with the somewhat huge men set out in readiness, and at the appearance of the hour-glasses, minions of the "common enemy." The members of the respective teams looked anxious but prepared to fight their hardest for their respective colours. The Cambridge men wore in their button-holes a rosette of light blue ribbon with a small medallion in the centre, but the Oxonians were content with a narrow strip of dark blue.

"The following list contains the names of the players, the pairing off, and the final score in this remarkable contest. [see above] The Oxford reserve man was Mr. J. F. Welsh (Ch. Ch.) Cambridge this year brought no reserve man, which was somewhat unwise as their representative at No. 4 board did not put in an appearance until almost an hour late.

"The match commenced shortly after two o'clock under the usual rules. This year, however, a time limit of twenty moves per hour was added to the conditions, but at some of the boards this was not strictly adhered to. At one board in particular your correspondent always found both sandglasses lying inactive when he had occasion to pass the board. The maximum number of games to be played was two, and at only one board was the second game not begun. At four there was to be an interval of a quarter-of-an-hour for 'afternoon tea and the contest was fixed to conclude at half-past six punctually. Herr Steinitz, as usual, kindly acted as umpire and he adjudicated upon the games which were unfinished at 6-30. The conditions were that on the first two boards a winning position must be attainable within six moves in order to give the game as a victory to either side. Cambridge won the toss and consequently had first move on four boards, Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7.

At Board No. 1, Messrs, Gunston and Gattie began a Four Knights' Game in which White by a steady attack at length won a piece and the game at 3-50, just before the interval. At Board No. 2 Game No. 1 also went against Oxford. Kinder began by offering the Queen s Gambit which Black declined. Shortly afterwards Black secured a centre pawn and forced the exchange of Queens and won the game shortly before the interval. The opening at No. 3 Board was the Ruy Lopez, but the Oxonian made only a weak defence. This was to be accounted for by the fact that he left his bed to play in the match. This game was won by Cambridge before four. The Cantab at No. 4 Board had not arrived at two o'clock. After a quarter-of-an-hour's grace his sand-glass was set running. He eventually arrived at ten minutes to three but was naturally flurried at first as he was compelled to hurry his moves. Taylor played the Evaus Gambit which Morley declined, but he lost a pawn and seemed to have the worse position, but at the 27th move by brilliant play he won White's Queen for Rook and Bishop. The Oxford President now played splendidly and many of the spectators hoped that he might pull off the game for the Dark Blues who had not yet been successful in any. At the adjournment the game was unfinished. The first game at No. 5 was of no striking interest and Cambridge had won her fourth game before four. At No. 6, Malden opened with the Four Knights' game, and had obtained a slight advantage when by an unfortunate mistake he lost his Queen for a Knight and ultimately, of course, the game. At No. 7, Atmore played the Ruy Lopez and at the adjournment the game was still proceeding, as contrary to the agreement these two players agreed to continue.

"When the interval took place the match looked already a victory for Cambridge. The Cantabs had won five games to the Oxonians' none. Several eminent Chess-players were now to be noticed in the room, Revs. C. E. Ranken, and W. Wayte, Messrs. Hoffer, Minchin, Strode, Lindsay and Zukertort amongst others. The exhausted players attacked the tea, coffee and bread and butter with a vigour which augured well for a stout contest in the second round; and, as the writer faintly hoped, a victory even yet for the Dark Blues.

"About 4-15 the players returned to their boards to begin second games or continue games already in progress. At the first board Gattie played the Queen's Gambit which his Cambridge opponent declined. The game was stoutly contested and was finished a short time before the close of the match. Round this board a political discussion promoted by other players whose games were finished was indulged in, and the Oxonian frequently joined in to good purpose. Meanwhile another game had been lost by the Dark Blues at No. 3, where Germaine having opened with an irregular Giuoco Piano soon became four pawns minus and finally resigned at 5-30. At No. 5 Board also, the second game went in favour of Cambridge, making the score Cambridge 8, Oxford 0. By this time Cambridge had won the first game at No. 7. The second game was a ding-dong affair until the Oxonian's Queen was caught in a trap and his game lost. The score now had assumed a remarkable proportion, Cambridge having won ten games and Oxford none. During all this time and right up to the close of the match a magnificent contest was taking place at board No. 4. Taylor, who had Rook, Bishop, and Knight to Queen and Knight, played up with great steadiness and at one time looked like winning, but the odds in the hands of a player like his opponent proved himself to be were too much for him, and when time was called and the game stood in the following position, Steinitz had no difficulty in deciding in favour of the light blue. Of course they played no second game. There now only remain to be noticed the second games at boards 2 and 6 both of which were given by the Umpire as draws; According to the conditions a winning position must be attainable in six moves. This in the opinion of the Umpire was not possible and he rightly gave the game at board 2 as drawn. The following was the position at the close, Kinder having one clear pawn to the good. The second game at No. 6 was a very even affair, the pieces and position being entirely equal and the Umpire directly declared it a draw.

"The result as given out by the Secretary, Mr. Minchin, was CAMBRIDGE, 11; OXFORD, 0; DRAWN, 2. It is to be hoped that next year a more equal contest may be witnessed as in 1879 when Cambridge won by only one game. The result of this year's match makes Cambridge two matches ahead.

"At eight o'clock the annual dinner of the St. George's, to which the united teams and reserve were hospitably invited, took place at the Criterion, Mr. W. N. Strode, of Chislehurst, in the chair, having the victorious President Mr. Reade on his right, and the Dark Blue President on his left. About forty gentlemen sat down to the dinner, which was an excellent one in every respect. The usual loyal toasts having been heartily received the Chairman proposed the toast of the evening, " The Oxford and Cambridge Universities' Chess Clubs," coupled with the names of Messrs. Reade and Taylor. The Presidents were loudly cheered when they replied and they both spoke well. Mr. Reade touched upon the question of Chess being made too much of and ended by expressing disbelief in such an idea. Mr. Taylor, in the course. of an able speech, humorously compared the training of the Cantabs for the Chess match to the trial of the 'Varsity eight with a scratch crew. The Hon. Mr. Lindsay* proposed the health of the "Chess Masters" coupled with the names of Messrs. Steinitz and Zukertort who suitably responded. Mr. Francis proposed the "Chess Press" coupled with the names of Messrs. Zukertort and Ranken who in their replies described some of the difficulties which Chess Editors had to encounter. Mr. Minchin proposed the health of the Rev. W. Wayte, champion of the St. George's, which was well received. The last toast was the health of Mr. Minchin, the courteous secretary of the St. George's, proposed by Mr. Mills (Oxford), who expressed the thanks of the University teams for the warmth of their reception.
Thus ended the Inter-Universities' Chess Match of 1880. That of 1881 cannot be more pleasant but may it be better contested! J. F. W. [presumably John Francis Welsh, Huddersfield born, who played in the 1881 match and later become Bishop of Trinidad, dying in 1916]

* This gentleman [William Alexander Lindsay (1846-1926), barrister and would-be MP] is now gallantly contesting the borough of Huddersfield against heavy odds. We have had the pleasure of witnessing his play, which is of a very high order, with some of the leading Huddersfield amateurs. Mr. Lindsay has very kindly promised us some of his best London games for the HCM - EDITOR.


Biographical Notes

Walter Montagu(e) Gattie (21 July 1854 - 17 November 1907), author of papers and books (What English People Read, 1889). Grade 1 clerk/surveyor, GPO. "Gattie, Walter Montague, 1s. William, of London, gent. Christ Church, matric 16 Oct., 1874, aged 20; exhibitioner 1876-8, B.A. 1878." (Alumni Oxoniensis). (BCM, Dec 1907, p542): "It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr. W. M. Gattie, of London, who died at Bournemouth on November 17th [1907], in his fifty-second year. Mr. Gattie was a graduate of Oxford, and represented his University no less than five times in the annual matches with Cambridge. The last occasion was in 1881, when he headed the Oxford team and defeated Mr. J.F. Sugden. During the eighties Mr. Gattie was recognised as one of the strongest of Metropolitan amateur players, and he rendered excellent service in matches for the St. George's Chess Club, of which he was a leading member, contemporary with the late Rev. W.W. Wayte, Rev. A.B. Skipworth, and Mr. J.I. Minchin. Mr. Gattie was a close student of the theory of chess, and possessed a wide knowledge of the openings, which enabled him to render valuable help in assisting to prepare for publication the Book of the London International Tournament of 1883. During recent years indifferent health prevented his indulging in hard play, but he competed in the recent amateur tournament at Ostend." Won the first British Amateur Chess Championship in 1886. Played in the 1876, 1877, 1879, 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches. President of OUCC, 1878-9.

Edward Herring Kinder (5 July 1856 - 25 October 1938). Clergyman, schoolmaster. Obituary, BCM, Dec 1938, p543: "Edward Herring Kinder b 5 July 1856 (Lumb, Lancashire), d 25 October 1938 (Reedham, Norfolk) The Rev. E. H. Kinder died on October 25th at Reedham, Norfolk, at the age of 82. He was for 34 years Rector of Kirby Bedon, and formerly Headmaster of St. Ives Grammar School, Hunts. Edward Herring Kinder was born on July 5th, 1856, at Lumb-in-Rossendale, Lancashire, and at the age of 12 learned chess from his father. He was educated at Norwich School and Brasenose College, Oxford, becoming President of Oxford University Chess Club in 1879. His chief contemporaries and opponents then were Rev. C. E. Ranken, Sir Walter Parratt, and Signor Aspa. He played regularly for Norfolk at one of the top boards for a large number of years with great success, but excelled at correspondence play. His hobby other than chess was cultivating roses. He held the appointments of Commissioner of Taxes at Norfolk; Chairman of School Management; Member of Norwich Diocesan Dilapidations Board and Diocesan Lecture Association. He published a nice descriptive little book on Kirby Bedon in 1924." Alumni Oxonienses: 2 s. Ralph [Kinder], of Lumb in Rossendale, Lancs., cler. Brasenose College, 14 Oct 1876, aged 20, B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883, head-master of St. Ives' School. Played in the 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882 Varsity chess matches. See his Chess Reminiscences, published in 1932 in BCM.

Robert Arthur Germain(e) (1854 - 4 June 1905), barrister, politician. o.s. Charles, of London, arm. Brasenose College, matric. 17 Oct 1874, aged 20. Scholar 1874-7, B.A. 1878, M.A. 1882, bar.-at-law, Inner Temple, 1882. KC 1902; Recorder of Lichfield from 1901; b London; s of late Charles Germaine; m Beatrice, y d of late John Z. Laurence, MB, FRCS. Educ: Univ. Coll. School (exhibitioner); Univ. Coll. London (exhibitioner). Work: Exhibitioner, Prizeman, and BA of London Univ.; Scholar and Exhibitioner of Brazenose Coll. Oxford; MA; Pres. of the Union, and Pres. of the Univ. Chess Club, Oxford, and represented Oxford against Cambridge, 1878-82. Called to the Bar, Inner Temple, 1882; practised on the Oxford Circuit; in conjunction with Sir Robert Reid represented the British claim in the Franco-Chilian Arbitration before the Swiss Tribunal; sat for Fulham on the first London County Council; founded the United Club; contested the Hoxton Division of Shoreditch, 1885 and 1886, and Northampton, 1891; did journalistic work, and coached whilst at Oxford, and in the early years at the Bar. Recreations: horse-riding, travel, music, chess, foreign languages, politics, and public matters generally. Address: 4 Roland Houses, South Kensington, SW; 1 Temple Gardens, Temple, EC. Clubs: Devonshire, Automobile. Died 4 June 1905. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Charles Taylor (b abt 1855 - ?) 3s. of James [Taylor], Manchester, gent. Christ Church, matric. 19 Oct 1876, aged 21, B.A. 1880 (Class 2, Modern History), M.A. 1884. No further info found. Played in the 1878, 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches.

Robert George Hunt (abt 1853, USA - 14 July 1936). Clergyman, born Stanley, Rupert's Land, USA. http://www.historywebsite.co.uk/genealogy/KennethHunt/chapter1.htm - "... father, Robert George Hunt, came from the town of Stanley in the United States, and was the son of the Reverend R. Hunt who was a missionary amongst the Red Indian tribes of the North West States. Although he had spent several years training for a position in the London Stock Exchange, he was ordained into Holy Orders in London in 1876. He had been a priest for eight years by the time [his son] Kenneth was born. He had gained an Honours Degree in Humanities at Merton College, Oxford in 1879 and had been a curate at St. Mary's Church, Hornsea Rise, near London between 1879 and 1881. At the time of his son's birth Robert Hunt had been seconded from mainstream Parish life to become the "Distribution Secretary of the British and Foreign Bible Society", a position he held until 1893. The family was living in Oxford ... Robert had been establishing an administrative base for the Bible Society in the town, which would cover the southern part of the English Midlands. He also took the opportunity whilst in Oxford to convert his Bachelor's Degree to a "Masters". After four years as Vicar of St Matthew's, Islington, Robert moved with his [family] to take up the "living" at St. Mark's Church, Chapel Ash in Wolverhampton." RG Hunt's son Kenneth won an FA Cup winner's medal with Wolves in 1908. RG Hunt played in the 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Charles Scott Malden (17 April 1858 - 4 September 1896), schoolmaster. Alumni Oxonienses: "elder son, Henry Charles [Malden], of Brighton, arm. Trinity College, matric 14 Oct 1876, aged 18, B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883." Headmaster of Windlesham School, Isle of Wight. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Barton Reginald Vaughan Mills (29 October 1857 - 21 January 1932). Clergyman. Vicar of Bude Haven, Cornwall. BCM, Feb 1932, p67: "The Rev. Barton V. Mills died suddenly at a nursing home in London on January 21st. He was aged 74 and was the elder son of the late Arthur Mills, M.P. He was a regular member of the Athenaeum team which plays for the Hamilton-Russell Club Cup, and played frequently for the Imperial Chess Club. The fact that he had promised to play in a match v. Golders Green on January 25th shows how painfully sudden was his death." Clergy list: "Mills, Barton Reginald Vaughan, M.A. 'Ch. Ch. Ox.; d[eacon?] 1882, p[riest?] 1883 (Roch.); cur. of Battersea, S.W. 1882-4; Broad Clyst, Exeter 1884-6; St. George, Hanover Square, W. 1886; chaplain at All SS, San Remo 1886-7; vic., of Poughill, Cornw, 1887-9; vic., from 1891, of Bude, Cornw. Alumni Oxonienses: "Mills, Barton Reginald Vaughan, 1s. Arthur, of London, arm. Christ Church, matric. 13 Oct, 1876, aged 18; B.A. 1880, M.A. 1883, rector of Poughill 1887. See Foster’s Baronetage." Authority on the works of St. Bernard of Clairvaux. Sons Arthur and George Mills were both writers (crime/adventure and children's adventures respectively). President, OUCC, 1880. Played in the 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.


William Hewison Gunston (9 September 1856 - 25 January 1941), Cambridge don & auditor. Obituary [BCM, June 1941, p164] "William Hewison Gunston, elder son of Robert and Mary Gunston of Loughborough Park, Brixton, was born on September 9th, 1856. He was educated at Danehill House, Margate, and St Olave's, Southwark. In 1871 he did such remarkable papers in the Oxford Local Examination that he was offered a scholarship at Oxford when too young (15!) to accept it. Later, at the ordinary age, he went up to Cambridge with a scholarship at St John's. He was fourth wrangler in 1879: a fellowship followed in due course. He was also M.A. and mathematical gold medallist of London University. He played five times for Cambridge against Oxford: 1876 (one win, one loss at board 6, 1877 (one win, one loss at board 3), 1878 (two wins at board 2), 1879 and 1880 (three wins, one draw v. W. M. Gattie at board 1). He was President of the University Chess Club in the Michaelmas Term, 1877. Later in life he was for many years President of the Cambridge Town Chess Club. Till 1890 Gunston had not much more than a local reputation. The British Chess Magazine says in that year: "he is the acknowledged strongest player in Cambridge; he was fancied by his friends, before play commenced, for first prize". He had married in 1883 Letitia Dougan (sister of the Professor of Latin, Queen's University, Belfast) and settled down to a severe life's work of teaching and examining. His fellowship lapsed, but he was for many years auditor to his college. No doubt by 1890 he had thoroughly established his professional position. Anyhow in that year, with a double illumination, he began a triumphant procession of successes.

1890 - C.C.A. at Cambridge: 1st without a loss. Of his game with Skipworth the British Chess Magazine says: "he made one of the most brilliant combinations of which the chess board is capable, surprising and outplaying his veteran opponent."
1890 - Manchester International Tournament. Frankenstein brilliancy prize for game v. Gunsberg.
1893 - Cambridge, unofficial National Tournament at St Catharine's College, 2nd.
1893 - Match, North v. South (106 boards): draw with C. E. Ranken at board 5.
1894 - Match, North v, South (108 boards): draw with T. B. Wilson at board 12.
1896 - S.C.C.U. at Clifton: 3rd and 4th equal, and brilliancy prize for game v. C. J. Lambert.
1897 - S.C.C.U. at Southampton: 4th.
1898 - S.C.CU. at Salisbury: 3rd.
1903 - Cable match, Great Britain v U.S.A. won v. C S. Howell at board 9.
1903 - S.C.CU. at Plymouth: 2nd and 3rd equal.
1904 - B.C.F. Hastings: 1st in First Class Amateur Section A.
1909 - B.C.F., Scarborough: 3rd in First Class Amateur Section B, and brilliancy prize for game v. P. Wenman.
1910 - B.C.F., Oxford: 1st in Major Open (the first year of these tournaments), and brilliancy prize for game v G. Shories.
1912 - B.C.F., Richmond: 1st equal (with A. Speyer) in Major Open, and brilliancy prize for game v. J. C. Waterman.

During the Great War, Gunston, as were other mathematicians, was entrusted by the Admiralty with the task of working out the trajectories of anti-aircraft projectiles. After the war, except for a few appearances in matches, mostly local, Gunston gave up serious play over the board, and devoted himself to correspondence chess. He was an honorary member of the London Four-Handed Chess Club, and was exceedingly fond of, and clever at, both that game and Kriegspiel. Gunston played a hard-hitting, sensible, logical game. He once said to R.P. Michell, "I would rather be known as a sound than as a brilliant player": but if a bird of brilliant hue crossed his path, he could usually put salt on its tail. Did any other English amateur ever win five brilliancy prizes in international and national tournaments? He was a master of the Ruy Lopez, and very successful with it. At Richmond in 1912 after winning his tournament game v. Speyer (who was White in a Q.G.D.) in the morning, he successfully defended a Lopez v. Yates in the match, Championship v. Major Open, the same evening: a remarkable double event. He got good results against the Petroff with the old continuation 3 P-Q4, PxP (long thought better than 3...KtxP). In his later years when close defences reigned, he seemed completely at home against the Caro-Kann, usually adopting the exchange variation. He had the strong player's preference for Bishop as against Knight - "I am a convinced Episcopalian, as far as chess is concerned, at any rate" - and considered two Bishops, well posted, as strong as Rook and Knight. Gunston was a man of genial habit and manner. He could take care of himself, but was essentially modest. He did not overvalue chess or his own strength at it. He did not keep the scores of his games, and many most striking correspondence games, unless preserved by his opponents, are lost. Once he showed a final position, in which his three last moves were Q-R4, Q-R4, Q-R4; but the full score of the game was not forthcoming. He had many other interests. He was musical, and used to say that all chess-players were so. He retired from professional life in 1926. He died at King's Lynn on January 25th, 1941. His wife, four sons, and three daughters survive him.

Gunston,W - Louis,A [C48] BCF Major Open Richmond, 1912 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bb5 Nf6 4 0-0 Be7 5 Nc3 Nd4 6 Nxd4 exd4 7 e5 dxc3 8 exf6 cxb2 9 Bxb2 Bxf6 10 Re1+ Kf8 11 Ba3+ Kg8 12 Re3 h6 13 Qe2 Kh7 14 Bd3+ g6 15 Re1 d5 16 Be7 Bxe7 17 Rxe7 Rf8 18 Qh5 Qd6 19 h4 Kg7 20 Qf3 h5 21 R1e5 c6 22 Bxg6 Bg4 23 Qf4 Be6 24 Qg5 Rg8 25 R5xe6 Qxe6 26 Bxf7+ Kf8 27 Qxg8+ Kxe7 28 Bxe6 Rxg8 29 Bxg8 1-0 If Gunston had sent this game in for the brilliancy prize, instead of his game with Waterman, he might well have been equally successful." B.G.B. [Bertram Goulding Brown]. Alumni Cantabrigienses: " Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Apr. 27, 1875. Of Middlesex. [Elder] s. of Robert, 'porkman' [and Mary]. B. Sept. 9, 1856, at St Peter's, Saffron Hill. Bapt. Oct. 5, 1856. [Schools, Danehill House, Margate, and St Olave's, Southwark.] Matric. Michs. 1875; Scholar, 1877; B.A. (4th Wrangler) 1879; M.A. 1882. Fellow, 1879-85. Mathematical 'coach' and well known as a chess player. Of 26, Station Road, Cambridge, in 1939. Died Jan. 25, 1941, at King's Lynn. (The Times, Jan. 29, 1941; British Chess Magazine, LXI [1941]. 164-5.)" Played in the 1876, 1877, 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

James Fearn Sugden (1857 - 1 August 1925), clergyman. James Fearn, M.A. Cam. P(became clergyman?) 1890, cur. 1889, S. Luke, Old-street, London E.C. 16. Helmet-row, St. Luke’s, E.C. (Clergy List 1896). Moved to become vicar of Welton, Northamptonshire, 1906. Born Westminster, reg'd, 1st q of 1857, died Welton, Northamptonshire. Unmarried. Champion of Battersea CC, 1885, and also club president (BCM, 1896, p240). Played for Surrey county. Later played for the Northampton club after he moved to the area. Also played cricket for Battersea. Played in the 1878, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Francis Parker Carr (13 June 1860 - 15 June 1945). Worked in family business, Carr's Inks. Alumni Oxonienses: "Entered Lent, 1879, Adm. pens. at St Catharine's, Jan. 25, 1879. S. of Robert. B. in London. [School, City of London.] Matric. Lent, 1879; B.A. 1882. Brother of Edward R. (1871)." Born in Southwark, died in Worthing. Father of Edward Hallett "Ted" Carr (1892-1982), history professor and author. Defeated Zukertort in a simul, 1885. Played for Athenaeum CC, 1890s and 1900s, and also for Middlesex. Played in the 1879, 1880, 1881 and 1882 Varsity chess matches.

Frank Morley (9 September 1860 - 17 October 1937). Mathematics professor, USA. Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, died in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Frank Morley entered King's College Cambridge in 1879, having won an open scholarship. However ill health disrupted his undergraduate course and he was forced to take an extra year because of these health problems. Morley only achieved the eighth place in the First Class Honours. To say 'only' here may seem strange since this was an extremely good result in an examination which saw Mathews first and Whitehead fourth. Richmond writes in [4], however:-

Ill health beyond all doubt had prevented him from doing himself justice, but the disappointment was keen. In middle life he was loath to speak of his student days... Morley graduated from Cambridge with a B.A. in 1884 and taught mathematics at Bath College until 1887. He settled in the United States and was appointed an instructor at the Quaker College in Haverford, Pennsylvania in 1887. The following year he was promoted to professor. At Haverford, Morley worked, not with others at the College, but with the mathematicians Scott and Harkness, both also graduates of Cambridge, England, who were at Bryn Mawr which was close to Haverford.

Morley wrote mainly on geometry but also on algebra. His own favourite among his geometry papers was On the Lueroth quartic curve which he published in 1919. He is perhaps best known, however, for a theorem which is now known as Morley's Theorem [in which he made reference to the squares on a chessboard]. Morley was an exceptionally good chess player; the problem above reflects one of his hobbies. He played at the highest level and beat Lasker on one occasion [in a simul] while Lasker was World Chess Champion. He was described by Cohen as "a striking figure in any group." Deliberate in manner and speech, there was a suggestion of shyness about him. He was generally very well informed and interested in a strikingly wide range of subjects. He was of an artistic temperament. While many of his papers and lectures seemed involved to the uninitiated, they all possessed a characteristic artistic charm. Frank Morley was the President of the American Mathematical Society in 1919-1920. From My One Contribution To Chess by Frank Vigor Morley (direct link to original text): "...my father was a natural chess player, and ... while he was a boy he achieved a local reputation for the game. When he was not more than ten or twelve his father encouraged him to make tours from Woodbridge to such centres as Ipswich, Debenham, and Wickham Market to play against the best that they could muster. The summer before he died, he mentioned the great battle he once had with the butcher in Debenham. Of more importance than the butcher, Sir G.B. Airy, the Astronomer Royal, retired, about the year 1870, to live at Playford, a couple of miles from Woodbridge. Airy, though he was beginning to get on in years, had by no means lost his unusual gift for exact and elaborate computation. By all accounts the hard-headed old gentleman and the Quaker tradesman's son had a very good time playing chess together. When my father's father died, in 1878, and the death-rattle of the china trade was heard in the town, it was Airy who insisted that though the others of the family might go at once to work, my father should prepare himself to go on from school to Cambridge."

American National Biography: "Morley, Frank (9 Sept. 1860-17 Oct. 1937), mathematician, was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, the son of Quaker parents, Joseph Roberts Morley, the proprietor of a china store, and Elizabeth Muskett. Morley's early passion and skill in chess led him to meet the Astronomer Royal, Sir George Biddell Airy, who shared the same enthusiasm. This friendship, combined with Morley's strong scholastic record at the Seckford Grammar School, enabled him to win an Open Scholarship to King's College, Cambridge. Morley entered Cambridge in 1879, where illness delayed completion of his undergraduate studies until 1884. At Cambridge he did not adjust well to the strenuous demands required for achieving a high place in the Mathematical Tripos. Although recognized as being in no way commensurate with his abilities, Morley's poor showing precluded him from receiving a fellowship. Unable to remain in Cambridge, he accepted a school mastership at Bath College (1884-1887), where he regained his health and mathematical confidence.

"In 1887 Morley came to the United States as an instructor at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. From 1888 to 1900 he served as professor of mathematics there. In 1889 he married Lilian Janet Bird of Hayward's Heath, Sussex, England; they had three sons, all of whom achieved prominence. Morley's Haverford years were likely the most congenial and mathematically creative of his life as they involved his close association and friendship with the Cambridge-trained mathematicians Charlotte A. Scott and James Harkness, both of nearby Bryn Mawr College. With Harkness, he wrote A Treatise on the Theory of Functions (1893), which was later improved and reissued as Introduction to the Theory of Analytic Functions (1898). Well received on both sides of the Atlantic, these were among the first advanced level textbooks on pure mathematics to be produced in the United States. They still offer a valuable perspective on the state of function theory as it existed at the end of the century. Almost half of Morley's mathematical publications appeared in his Haverford period, and during this time he became well known through his editorial service for the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society and the American Journal of Mathematics.

"In 1900 Morley's life underwent a radical change when he was called to the Johns Hopkins University as professor and head of the mathematics department. The latter position included editorship of the American Journal of Mathematics, and he discharged these duties for the next thirty years. The Hopkins program in mathematics had been initiated by the great British mathematician James J. Sylvester, who had been one of the university's first professors (1876-1883). Between 1878 and 1900, the Hopkins mathematical program had flourished and produced over a third of the American doctorates awarded in mathematics. In 1900, however, the program was in disarray, and the appointment of Morley was intended to remedy this situation. Morley, who largely fulfilled these expectations, proved himself a wise choice. He served as professor and department head until his retirement in 1928 and continued to supervise doctoral students until 1931, producing a total of forty-eight Hopkins doctorates. In 1903, when American Men of Science rated the leaders in American science, Morley was rated seventh on a list of eighty mathematicians. In 1919-1920 he was president of the American Mathematical Society.

"Morley was an inspiring teacher who was particularly concerned with finding problems that were appropriate to his doctoral students' abilities. His son Frank V. Morley recalled that such duties, and the seemingly endless stream of students, prompted the family to bestow the nickname "Doctors" on the elder Morley. Many of his most promising ideas were passed on to his students, and Morley published in toto only some seventy-five research papers.

"Morley's mathematical interests were unusual and largely concerned with isolated geometric problems and configurations. As he would have readily admitted, pleasant questions with elegant and unexpected answers held a lasting fascination for him. His often ingenious results include the remarkable Morley's theorem (c. 1899), Morley chains (1900), and the clever use of complex numbers and inversions in geometric problems. This last topic was a favorite of Morley, and a twenty-year collaboration with his son F. V. Morley, led to the book Inversive Geometry (1933). Perhaps his most characteristic work, it has remained the only definitive study of the subject. Today much of Morley's research seems of less than compelling significance, and one is tempted to regard his interests as those of a talented amateur—an artist who took delight in small and beautiful things—rather than those of a professional mathematician. Yet, whatever significance one chooses to attach to them, Morley must be given credit for both finding and solving such questions. Morley died peacefully at his home in Baltimore. Although a U.S. resident for almost fifty years, he died a British citizen.

"Morley's contribution to American mathematical life rests primarily on his three books; his impressive number of doctoral students, who were much in demand by American universities; and his yeoman service to the mathematics program at Johns Hopkins. At a critical juncture he was largely responsible for saving this program, which, in less capable hands, might well have ceased to exist. He was fondly remembered by his colleagues and friends as a kind and courtly gentleman who was gifted with a lively imagination." Played in the 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883 and 1884 Varsity chess matches. Bibliography Morley's retiring address as president of the American Mathematical Society, "Pleasant Questions and Wonderful Effects," Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 27 (Apr. 1921): 309-12, provides an interesting glimpse of his style and taste. F. V. Morley, My One Contribution to Chess (1946), contains a number of personal reminiscences. A biographical sketch of Morley by R. C. Archibald in A Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 1888-1938 1 (1938): 194-201, includes a roster of his doctoral students and a complete list of his publications. Obituary notices containing detailed comments on his research can be found in the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 44 (Mar. 1938): 167-70, and the Journal of the London Mathematical Society 14 (Jan. 1939): 73-78. An obituary is in the New York Times, 18 Oct. 1937. Joseph D. Zund

Reginald Colebrooke Reade (25 August 1853 - 29 June 1891), architect & surveyor. Entered King's, Michaelmas 1873. Adm. at King's, a scholar from Eton, Oct. 11, 1873. 4th s. of Alfred (1832), Esq., of Datchet, Bucks. B. Aug. 25, 1853. Matric. Michs. 1873; B.A. 1877; M.A. 1880. An architect. Of Torquay, Devon. Surveyor of ecclesiastical dilapidations in the diocese of Exeter for the Archdeaconry of Totnes. Secretary and Manager of St John's National School, Braddon Street, Torquay. An active member of the Torquay chess club. Author, A Mexican Mystery (1888); Wreck of a World (1889), written under the nom de plume of W. Grove. Died June 29, 1891, from injuries received falling from a cliff at Willow Cove, near Dartmouth. (Torquay Directory, July, 1891; King's Coll. Reg.) Monument erected where he fell from the cliff. President of CUCC, 1876-7. Played in the 1876, 1879 and 1880 Varsity chess matches.

Symons Sympson Tovey (26 July 1846 - 20 March 1910). Clergyman. born 26 Jul 1846 Bristol Gloucestershire, died 20 Mar 1910 Mentone France, son of Charles TOVEY of Clifton Bristol, wine merchant ... and Mary SYMONS; married, Emily. Education Manilla Hall Clifton (private) 11 Oct 1877 adm sizar Trinity College Cambridge 1881 BA Cambridge 19 Dec 1880 deacon London for colonies 21 Dec 1881 priest Sydney (111;2) Positions 20 Apr 1881-1883 curate S John Darlinghurst diocese Sydney 18 Jul 1883-22 Aug 1893 organising secretary Church Society diocese Sydney n d 1887-14 Jan 1910 rural dean West Sydney 1892-1893 acting precentor cathedral S Andrew Sydney 22 Aug 1893-20 Mar 1910 rector S John Bishopthorpe diocese Sydney (111) 1895 examining chaplain bishop of Bathurst (8) 1900 added to New Zealand government list of officiating clergy (51) 17 Jul 1903 leave of absence one year 22 Jan 1910 leave of absence one year in ill health (111) Other 1910 probate to widow Emily, £301 (366) 06 Apr 1910 obituary Town and Country Journal 08 Apr 1910 obituary The Guardian. Source: http://www.kinderlibrary.ac.nz/resources/bishop/T.htm [defunct link - John Kinder Theological Library]. Vice-president and founder member, Sydney Chess Club, 1883 (Adelaide Observer, 30 June 1883, p43). Played in the 1880 Varsity chess match.

Walter Arthur Atmore (1859 - disappeared 1896). Clerk. Born in King's Lynn, Norfolk, died in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Oct. 10, 1878. S. of George, chemist. B. at King's Lynn, Norfolk. Bapt. Sept. 14, 1859. School, King Edward VI, Grantham. Matric. Michs. 1878; B.A. 1882." Played in the 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches. * Notice placed in the London Daily News, 27 October 1902: "Walter Arthur Atmore, at Grantham 1883 to 1893, and afterwards at Ashford-by-Leicestershire. Left Melton Mowbray Station at 3.40 p.m. for London on 21st April, 1896. He posted a letter at Paddington on the morning of the 22nd April. Has not since been heard of; his age then was 35. ANY INFORMATION of him since that date is EARNESTLY REQUESTED—to be sent to Beloe and Beloe, Solicitors, King's Lynn"

Grantham Journal - Saturday 31 October 1903: "A Remarkable Disappearance.—Sir F. Jeune. in the Probate Court, on Monday, granted leave to presume the death of Walter Arthur Atmore, on or since April 20th, 1896. The presumed deceased had been cashier to Messrs. Hornsby & Sons, Ltd., at Grantham, and afterwards a clerk near Melton Mowbray. He was engaged to be married, and, after settling up his affairs, took a house at Melton Mowbray, and on April 20th, 1896, left for London. On the following day he wrote a letter, which bore the Paddington post-mark, in which be told his fiancée that his head had gone wrong, and that he was not fit to be anyone's husband. The brother of the deceased made inquiries at the railway and police stations and hospitals, but from that day to this nothing whatever had been heard of him."

Lincolnshire Chronicle - Friday 30 October 1903: "A Benedicts Disappearance —Sir F. Jeune in the Probate Court on Monday, granted leave to presume the death of Walter Arthur Atmore, on or since April 20th 1896. The presumed deceased had been chief cashier of a firm of engineers at Grantham, and also a clerk and accountant at Melton Mowbray. He was engaged to a Miss Julia Taylor [Tyler], with whom he was on most affectionate terms, and was going to be married at Brighton. After settling up his affairs he took a house at Melton Mowbray and on April 20th, 1896 he left for London. On the following day he wrote a letter, which bore the Paddington postmark, in which be told his fiancée that his head had gone wrong, and that he was not fit to be anyone's husband. The brother of the deceased made inquiries at the railway and police stations and hospitals, but from that day to this nothing whatever had been heard of him."

Melton Mowbray Marriage Banns: (1) 5 April 1896, (2) 12 April 1896, (3) 19 April 1896, Walter Arthur Atmore, resid. Melton Mowbray & Julia Tyler, St James's, Brighton.

Probate record: "ATMORE Walter Arthur of Nottingham-road Melton Mowbray Leicestershire died on or since 21 April 1896 at ____________ Administration London 18 November [1903] to Edward Alfred Atmore chemist Effects £527 6s. 7d." His name appears on King's Lynn electoral lists up to 1903. Played in the 1880 and 1881 Varsity chess matches.


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George Courtney Vialls (26 February 1824 - 10 November 1893), spectator at match. Alumni Cantabrigienses: "Adm. pens. (age 17) at Trinity [Cambridge], May 22, 1841. [Youngest] s. of [the Rev.] Thomas [Vialls]. B. [Feb. 26, 1824], at Twickenham, Middlesex. School, Westminster. Matric. Michs. 1841. Ensign, 95th Foot (the Derbyshire Regt.), 1843; Lieut., 1846; Captain, 1853; Brevet Major, 1856; Brevet Lieut.-Colonel, 1858; Brevet Colonel, 1865; Major-General, 1870. C.B., 1877. Served in the Crimea (severely wounded at the battle of Inkerman), and in the Indian Mutiny. Retired, 1882. Married, June 8, 1850, Sophie Louisa, dau. of Sir Henry Thomas Oakes, Bart. Died Nov. 10, 1893, at Teddington; buried there... (Record of Old Westminsters; Boase, III. 1094; Army Lists.)"


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