Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF
TO MEET AT EXHIBITION BOUT
Georges Carpentier and his manager, François Dechamps, are coming to England to take part in the annual boxing programme promoted by Brighton’s most popular townsman, Mr Harry Preston.
On this occasion Deschamps will don the gloves with the genial Harry, who, in his prime was a great boxer. Georges will be in his manager’s corner, while another world-famous fighter will second Mr. Preston. PALL MALL GAZETTE 14 Oct 1921
The star attraction was, of course, Georges Charpentier, middleweight champion of the world from 1920 to 1922, so here he is, in Brighton, in October 1921 with (according to the Gallica caption):
De droite à gauche MM.] V. [Victor] Beyer, [Harry] Preston, [Georges] Carpentier, [François] Descamps [venus pour un tournoi de boxe à Brigthon : photographie de presse / Agence Rol
[From right to left Beyer, Preston, Charpentier, Descamps in Brigthon for a boxing match]
Ah, that mythical city, Brigthon !
Source gallica.bnf.fr / BnF
During her research for the Fabrica Gallery on ‘The Boys on the Plaque’, Lyn Turpin found a rather curious name: Quero. Lyn’s research shows that, following death of both his parents, at the age of 12 Joseph Marie (or William) Query became an apprentice hairdresser in a prestigious Parisian salon. Ten years later he set off for England, married Brighton girl, Bessie, and set up his hairdressing business at 32 Ship Street. Joseph Marie was not just a run-of-the-mill hairdresser. He was a coiffeur pour dames and a perruquier [wig-make]. Joseph did not retire from the Ship Street salon until 1950.
As the family grew, the Queros moved their home to 66 Hallyburton Road in Hove. Nostalgia must have kicked in as Brittany-born Joseph give his house a Breton name Ker Armor [villa near the sea].
For a more detailed account of Joseph’s life and some terrific photos, go to Lyn’s article.
Much more information is available from ‘The Boys of the Plaque” WW1 project.
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