Throwback Thursday (22/10/2015)

This week's Throwback Thursday is a bit special to coincide with the AGM.

This small image, though of very poor quality, shows what is possibly the earliest ever photograph of the club dating from 1913.

We came across this in an article in the November 1979 edition of the Black Country Bugle where the photograph was carried on the back page. We applied to see if the Bugle still had the actual photograph but sadly not.

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The letter that accompanied the image was from a Mr E F Harley of Gads Green Crescent in Dudley. Mr Harley was given the photograph by a Mr Sam Wood (an uncle of Mr Harley's wife) who was then living in Horsham, Sussex. Mr Wood was born in Tipton living in Horseley Road and an active member of the Harriers in 1913.

Sam Wood is third from the right at the end of the back row.

We also know from a letter to the BCB in that December from a Mrs K Fletcher (Summit Place, Lower Gornal) that fifth from the left on the back row was her father Albert E Greenaway who went on to serve in the first world war. He reached the rank of Sergeant in "O" Company 2/10th Battallion London Regiment and was awarded the DCM. He sadly died at work in 1920.

When he was decorated he was presented by the club with a gold medallion. His wife, Mrs Fletcher's mother, continued to wear this after he died and then well into her nineties.

Mrs Fletcher also states that a neighbour had also mentioned the name T Hartnell (High Arcal, The Straits) was also a member of the club at the same time as her father. There were no clues to say he was in this same photograph.

Another letter was sent in by a Vera & Jim Partridge (Bridge Td, Toll End) who explained that the "man on the left in black" was her late father in law Jim Partridge a founder member of the club.

She explained that her father in law, Jim Partridge, was also one time landlord of the "Stork" pub at Great Bridge.

They were also identify Harry Gorton who is fourth from the left on the back row. Harry was Jim Partridge's brother in law.

We appreciate that this BCB reference is some 35 years old and the image well over 100 years old but we would like to obtain a copy of the actual photograph to scan/preserve in our archive.

I wonder if there are any relatives of those named who might know of the current whereabouts of the original photo. We would love to hear from you - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.