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War veteran’s search for team mates

A BEXHILL resident and Korean War veteran is hoping to track down former team mates from the 1940s.

David Hammond said he hopes the picture (opposite) will help him trace footie friends from what he believes was the Bexhill Athletic Club under 14s football team of 1944.

He said: “I can’t be 100 per cent certain if it was the athletic club’s team - it has been a long time after all - but maybe someone can put me right on that!”

David, seated on the far left of the picture, said he knows that three of his team mates passed away but is hopeful that others are still alive.

He said: “We won the league in 1944 and I know it’s been a while but hopefully the picture will jog someone’s memory and I will be able to find out if any of the other’s are still around.”

David, 82, was recently featured in the Bexhill Observer after he won an essay competition in which he described some of his experiences during his time as an army driver in Korea in the early 1950s. David won an all-expenses trip to re-visit South Korea, the country he supported during the conflict with North Korea.

Unfortunately, David was left with a long-term health problem.

He said: “It seems my over exposure to the sun as a result of spending days in an open top jeep brought unexpected problems and I now suffer with skin cancer.”

If anyone can shed any light on either the men in the picture or the team call David on 07775 556296.

 

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