Join members of the Bishopthorpe Local History Group at an open meeting to hear Dorothy Nott's illustrated talk:
A Sense of Place"
Bishopthorpe Methodist Church.
£3.50 to include light refreshments.
Alfred Akers was born in Bishopthorpe in 1894 and lived with his parents, John and Mary Akers, in Ferry Cottage down by the river. He attended the local school and became an apprentice plumber. Popular as a village sportsman - he was keen on swimming and football - he helped 'The Bishops' Football Club to win the League in May 1914.
Four months later Alfred, aged nineteen-years old, enlisted in the 12th West Yorkshire Regiment with many of his Bishopthorpe pals. One year later, he entered the theatre of war in France and was eventually promoted Company Quarter Master Sergeant. Alfred was mentioned in dispatches in May 1917 and, unlike some of his friends, survived the war.
Read about life in the village in 1914 and see Alfred in a photograph of the winning football team: back row, 2nd from left. Click HERE.
Visit Bishopthorpe Library where you will discover much more about the village in 1914 and the men who joined up with such fervour in those early days of war. See the display by Bishopthorpe Local History Group (until 28 November).