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Henry Wilfred Austin (1906–2000) by Edward G. Malindine, 1933 ? reserved; collection Science & Society Picture Library; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Austin, Henry Wilfred [Bunny] (1906–2000), tennis player and evangelist, was born at 11 Crescent Road, South Norwood, Croydon, on 26 August 1906, the son of Wilfred Austin, stock jobber, and his wife, Kate Leah Cock. He seems to have acquired the nickname Bunny...

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Boland, John Pius (1870–1958), politician and tennis player, son of Patrick Boland (1840–1877), businessman, and his wife, Mary Donnelly, was born at 135 Capel Street, Dublin, on 16 September 1870. His father, the wealthy proprietor of the largest bakery in Ireland, died in 1877, and his mother in 1882, leaving their seven children under the guardianship of ...

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Cavanagh, John [Jack] (d. 1819), fives player, was born in Ireland but moved to London and earned his living as a house painter. Ireland was the home of handball, the game from which fives originates; it was established in England by the mid-eighteenth century as a working-class sport played for wagers or rewards. According to ...

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Chambers, Dorothea Katharine Lambert [née Dorothea Katharine Douglass] (1878–1960), lawn tennis player, was born on 3 September 1878 at Ealing, Middlesex, the second daughter of the Revd Henry Charles Douglass (d. 1916), vicar of St Matthew's, Ealing Common, and his wife, ...

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Dorothea Katharine Lambert Chambers (1878–1960) by unknown photographer, 1904 Getty Images

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Doherty, (Hugh) Lawrence [Laurie] (1875–1919), tennis player, was born on 8 October 1875 at Beulah Villa, Hartfield Road, Wimbledon, Surrey, the son of William Doherty, a printer, later of Clapham Park, London, and his wife, Catherine Ann Davis. His elder brother Reginald Frank [Reggie] Doherty...

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(Hugh) Lawrence Doherty (1875–1919) by Ernest Clarence Elliott, pubd 1904 [Doherty brothers [left to right]: Reggie Doherty (1872-1910) and ] ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gem, Thomas Henry (1819–1881), lawyer and tennis player, was born in Birmingham on 21 May 1819, the eldest son of William Henry Gem (d. 1856), a well-known Birmingham solicitor and one of the clerks to the Birmingham magistrates. He was educated under ...

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Godfree [née McKane], Kathleen [Kitty] (1896–1992), tennis player, was born in Kensington, London, on 7 May 1896, the younger child of John McKane, pianoforte dealer, and his wife, May. She was educated first at home and later at St Paul's Girls' School, London...

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Kathleen Godfree (1896–1992) by Bassano, 1938 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Heathcote, John Moyer (1834–1912), real tennis player, the eldest son of John Moyer Heathcote (1800–1892), of Conington Castle, near Peterborough, and his wife, the Hon. Emily Frances (d. 1849), third daughter of Nicholas William Ridley Colborne, first Baron Colborne, was born in ...

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Blanche Hillyard (1863–1946) by unknown photographer, 1894 Getty Images

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Hillyard [née Bingley], Blanche (1863–1946), tennis player, was born on 3 November 1863 at Stanhope Lodge, Greenford, Middlesex, the daughter of Charles Bentley Bingley, 'gentleman', formerly proprietor of a tailoring business in Great Marlborough Street, London, and his wife, Elizabeth Harrison. In ...

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Lambert, George (1842–1915), real tennis player, was born on 31 May 1842, the third son of Joseph (John) Lambert (1814–1903), who was employed at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, as a professional tennis player by the second marquess of Salisbury. George Lambert's first engagement was under ...

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Larcombe [née Thomson], Ethel Warneford (1879–1965), badminton and lawn tennis player, was born at 26 Mildmay Road, Islington, Middlesex, on 8 June 1879, the second child of Herbert Warneford Thomson (1850–1894), surgeon, and his wife, Sophia Charlotte, née Bond (1854–1924). She had one sibling, a brother, ...

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Ethel Warneford Larcombe (1879–1965) by Bob Thomas, 1912 ? Popperfoto/Getty Images

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Latham, Peter Walker (1865–1953), racket sports player, was born in Manchester on 10 May 1865, the only child of William Latham, engine fitter, and his wife, Sarah Jane Hewitt. At the age of eleven he started his sporting career in the Manchester rackets club...

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Lo, Kenneth Hsiao Chien [Lo Xiaojan] (1913–1995), restaurateur and tennis player, was born on 12 September 1913 in Fuzhou, southern China, the second of the three sons of Lo Tsung Hien (Lo Zong Xian), a diplomatist, and his wife, Wei Ying...