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Army Boxing records
« on: Tuesday 28 May 19 16:02 BST (UK) »
Does such a thing exist as the Army Boxing records? My father John Byrne from Dublin/Liverpool was in the Royal Artillery 1946-1952 and apparently represented the regiment/army at Boxing. All his trophies were pawned during hard times. We met one of his old friends recently who suggested Dad was offered a professional contract and Tommy Farr as his trainer, but declined as he had a new young family. Apart from that we know nothing about his boxing and would love to find out more.

Any help gratefully received.

Thank you

Denis
Byrne, Stapleton, Kennedy, Dougherty, Clishan/Clisham. Easter 1916 Dublin, in Ireland.
Sharp, Houlgrave, McCarrick, Quinn, Dougherty in Liverpool.
Japha in Liverpool and Prussia (Poland)

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Re: Army Boxing records
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 17:03 BST (UK) »
Frankly I doubt it.  While individually important, that sort of record would not be seen as of sufficient value to be kept.  Two possibilities:
Apply for his service record which may record his prowess as a boxer.
Contact the RA Museum   enquiries@royalartillerymuseum.com <enquiries@royalartillerymuseum.com>; and ask if they have any RA boxing records of the period or could suggest a line of research.

 That said, a newspaper report of January 1950 records a Gunner Byrne representing the army in a contest against the Swedish Army at flyweight gaining a "clever victory".

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Re: Army Boxing records
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 28 May 19 17:46 BST (UK) »
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That said, a newspaper report of January 1950 records a Gunner Byrne representing the army in a contest against the Swedish Army at flyweight gaining a "clever victory".

That was Gunner Patrick Byrne according to another report (Western Daily Press 14 January 1950).
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Re: Army Boxing records
« Reply #3 on: Monday 03 June 19 09:55 BST (UK) »
Many thanks MaxD, I'll try the museum and keep you updated.

Much appreciated

Denis
Byrne, Stapleton, Kennedy, Dougherty, Clishan/Clisham. Easter 1916 Dublin, in Ireland.
Sharp, Houlgrave, McCarrick, Quinn, Dougherty in Liverpool.
Japha in Liverpool and Prussia (Poland)