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Second Lieut. Robert Deucher, 3/2 Scottish Horse


Kimberley John Lindsay
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Dear GWFs,

The eagle-eyed amongst you (and there are many such), will have realised that a Friend at Court has found the mini-obituary to erstwhile Lieut. John Patrick O'Shea, of No. 2 Burma Ford Van Coy (aka 1024 Burma MT Coy ASC).

His death at Tranwell House, Morpeth (Northumberland), in 1953, revealed that he had lived in a somewhat palatial style: no doubt the legacy of having married, in 1922, the daughter of a very wealthy man, Farquhar Deuchar (of Shortridge Hall, Warkworth, Northumberland).

Where there is light, there is also shadow - in this case the son of Mr. Deuchar - Second Lieutenant Robert Deuchar, 3rd/2nd Scottish Horse, who died on 27 May 1916, aged 19. Robert was buried at Morpeth (SS Mary and James) Churchyard, U.K.

The latter would seem to suggest his having been seriously wounded, and expiring at home: but perhaps a GWF member knows more? Or, even better, knows of a photo (aka Image) of that young officer who had so much to live for (as was so often tragically the case)?

Indeed, en passant, a photo of John Patrick O'Shea, erstwhile Calcutta FC captain, and formerly IARO, would be equally appreciated...Morpeth Herald Friday 23rd January 1953.jpg

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Hi Kim

Jessie Elaine O'Shea (Deuchar) wife, died 19th July, 1962 at Newcastle General Hospital.

Robert Deuchar b.3.9.1896- died 27.5.16 at Ayr Infirmary as the result of a motor accident as per Soldiers' Effects....looking

Regards Barry Warkworth War Memorial

Found this on a tree on Ancestry, Robert Deuchar, Warkworth War Memorial

 

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Dear Barry, dear IPT,

Very many thanks for providing the Memorial, and the Old Harrovian connections. Well done!

Robert Deuchar's father left two million when he died, so one can imagine the wealth involved - which would have gone to the hapless Robert (had he survived those turbulent times), and some of which, obviously translated to the no doubt dashingly handsome John Patrick O'Shea. 

I am hoping to perhaps discover a, say, 1910-16 vintage team group photo of the Calcutta Football Club (apparently captained by the versatile O'Shea). His medals have been posted elsewhere on the GWF, but here they are, nonetheless!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Just a few more facts on John Patrick O'Shea, following on the above:

John Patrick O'Shea married Jessie Elaine Deuchar in October 1922

In the 1939 Register he was recorded at Tranwell House, Morpeth, date of birth 24 June 1887, occupation - wine and spirit agent.

Jessie E. O'Shea was born 18 April 1885.

He died on 16 January 1953.

 

 

 

O'Shea, The Times, Mon 28.9.1922.JPG

O'Shea, The Times, Mon 19.1.1953.JPG

 

Edit to add: The Times notice of the marriage published on Monday 28 September 1922, and the death notice on Monday 19 January 1953.

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Hi Kim

Sent a PM to the tree owner re the photo and informing him of your interest.

Regards Barry

In 1916 the Calcutta FC won the Calcutta Football League, surely someone will have a photo!

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Dear Harry, dear Inspector (no wonder you are a GWF Brigadier-General),

I am absolutely thrilled to bits with every aspect of your researches - and a big Thank You from me to you both. Super!

Yes, hopes are indeed high for a named Calcutta FC group: these are the sorts of things that tend to survive...

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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Hi Kim

Calcutta FC played against the team Mohan Bagan in the first round of the IFA Shield in 1912. This match was filmed by J.F.Madan & Co, the pioneers of motion pictures in India. This is in a book " Nation at Play, a history of sport in India"

See:- https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=O5mACgAAQBAJ&pg=PA106&lpg=PA106&dq=the+1916+calcutta+league+football+final&source=bl&ots=a-gyZvJ9Xh&sig=AXYyXgDiKEDMFIGXYCSkGNU5bHo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOuOKKmprQAhWqI8AKHRM9DUwQ6AEIPTAF#v=onepage&q=the 1916 calcutta league football final&f=falsee

Regards Barry

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Dear Barry,

Many thanks for drawing my attention to "Nation at Play".

This book will be secured, to be added to my background knowledge of that Irishman of many parts, John Patrick O'Shea.

No doubt the pioneer film-makers panned their lenses over the opposing teams!

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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  • 9 months later...

Dear All,

Here is a picture of the wealthy Deuchar and his wife - esrtwhile In-laws of the stalwart John Patrick O'Shea...

Kindest regards,

Kim.599262d60e0b6_FarquharDeucharandwifeatShortridgeHouse.jpg.7e0213111389136fab30189bb55bf3b2.jpg

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Hi Kim

Nice one," We accomplish the difficult almost immediately, the impossible takes a little longer".

Regards Barry

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Dear All, and Barry,

This is almost certainly John Patrick 59a3fcc49e150_CaptainCalcuttaFC1910.jpg.15644a64f1092e145e0359fa132dcbc7.jpg59a3fd113202d_JohnOSheainlaterlife.jpg.86081ec1e4fabd771911762016d67bd8.jpgO'Shea as a Calcutta footballer, 1910, and in later life, when ensconced at Morpeth, leading a comfortable life-style with Jessie.

Kindest regards,

Kim.

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