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Old 21st December 2015, 19.58:18   #11-0 (permalink)
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The Royal Denbigh rifles militia were amalgamated in 1881 and re-titled The Royal Welch Fusiliers, who's regimental badge was a plume of 3 feathers; the same feathers as our own WAFC crest, another link from our formation in 1864 which still exists to this day, although I think the plume of 3 feathers on our existing crest was added when the crest was re-designed in the 1970's.

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The first trophy associated with our club was a pewter tankard presented to CE Kershaw at an athletics event organised by the Football Club on Saturday 13th May 1865.
CE Kershaw was The Clerk of Scales for the horseracing at The Racecourse, but also a played cricket For Denbighshire County Cricket Club and was a founding member of Wrexham Athletic Football Club; he had also played in our first ever game against the Prince of Wales Fire Brigade, some months earlier
While I have been unable to find any picture of the tankard, it was sold sometime ago at an auction house, with its value highlighted due to the historical status as WAFC being one of the oldest clubs in the world
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What a really interesting thread - many thanks ESR
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Another of our founding players was Thomas Broster, born in Wrexham 09/04/1845, the son of Broughton and Hannah Broster.
He was also a member of Denbighshire County Cricket Club.
Thomas was married to Harriet OWEN of Wrexham on 5th May 1868 at St John's Church, Chester. They may have had as many as 9 children.
He lived and worked as a clerk at a post office in Wrexham but emigrated to Queens Town, South Africa in the late 1800’s, where he became a headmaster at an elementary School.
Thomas died on 29.06.1921 in Bethlehem, South Africa.
While I cannot find any photographs of Thomas, I have contacted one of his descendants in South Africa, who may be able to provide one in the future.

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Another of our founding players was Thomas Broster, born in Wrexham 09/04/1845, the son of Broughton and Hannah Broster.
He was also a member of Denbighshire County Cricket Club.
Thomas was married to Harriet OWEN of Wrexham on 5th May 1868 at St John's Church, Chester. They may have had as many as 9 children.
He lived and worked as a clerk at a post office in Wrexham but emigrated to Queens Town, South Africa in the late 1800’s, where he became a headmaster at an elementary School.
Thomas died on 29.06.1921 in Bethlehem, South Africa.
While I cannot find any photographs of Thomas, I have contacted one of his descendants in South Africa, who may be able to provide one in the future.
Are you going through the whole team to try and find a descendant who might have a few quid??
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Are you going through the whole team to try and find a descendant who might have a few quid??
Just thought it would give additional depth to our history, and while it is frustrating researching and going down blind alleys, it is also fascinating reading through the old archives,
By the time I've actually established they are the right person, then I sort of feel a sense of knowing them.
It would be good to find the histories of them all and perhaps have some sort of commemoration.
While there was definitely a big connection with the military in Wrexham at that time, many of the same names keep cropping up in the archives and there certainly seems a sense of the founders of the club trying to better the lives of the people of Wrexham.
Many of the people involved are volunteers for different bodies and community wellbeing seems to be instrumental in many of there actions.
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Great work ESR ,thank you for posting
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It just makes you laugh. 2nd game 1863-1864 Braintree game off due to waterlogged pitch. Nothing changes, Wrexham v Braintree 2015 Friday 18th Dec. off due to waterlogged pitch!!!!!
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It just makes you laugh. 2nd game 1863-1864 Braintree game off due to waterlogged pitch. Nothing changes, Wrexham v Braintree 2015 Friday 18th Dec. off due to waterlogged pitch!!!!!
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Thomas Hanmer was another trophy winner in the first athletics event arranged by the newly formed Football club on 13th May 1865, and he also had previously played in our first ever game against The Prince of Wales Fire Brigade on 22nd October 1864.
There are no records to show that Thomas was married or that he had any children, but the consensus of 1881 reported that Thomas was a licensed victualler aged 42, who was born in Overton, in 1839
His father Thomas Hanmer (snr) was born circa 1807.

Records taken from Pigot & Co. Directory (1828/29; 1835; 1844) and Slater's Directory (1883) show that Thomas Hanmer was the Licenced Victualler of The Talbot in Brook Street, Rhosllannerchrugog in 1880 Clwyd FHS - Historic Ruabon Inns
and Thomas Hanmer was also the Licensed Victualler of The Alexandra in Yorke Street in 1883 Clwyd FHS - Historic Wrexham Inns
This may have been a family profession as the directories also recorded that James or Jane Hanmer was the Licensed Victualler of The Greyhound in Holt Road (Slater 1868).
There is, however, another link with the family profession, which specifically links Thomas Hanmer (1839) and his father, eternally to the club
On 9th November 1867, The Wrexham Advertiser, Births Deaths and Marriages reported that ‘On the 2nd inst (02 October) at the Turf Hotel, Wrexham, Mr Thomas Hanmer (snr) died aged 60 years’.

Almost 20 years later, on the 25th March 1887, The Wrexham Advertiser, Births Deaths and Marriages reported ‘Died March 14th, aged 48, at the Turf Hotel, Wrexham, Thomas Hanmer, son of the late Mr. Thos. Hanmer’.

Slaters Trade Directory records show that the landlords of The Turf Hotel at the time where Richard and Martha Hanmer.

Thomas Hanmer 1839-1887

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