Albert Collard Gautier

Albert Collard GAUTIERAge: 47 years18921939

Name
Albert Collard GAUTIER
Given names
Albert Collard
Surname
GAUTIER
Birth 22 February 1892 35 31
Citation details: Islington 447
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Residence 22 February 1892
Citation details: Page 40 Schedule No. 268
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Note: Address at birth
Residence 1 April 1901 (Age 9 years)
Note: Address at 1901 census aged 9
Education
Cottenham Road School
9 June 1902 (Age 10 years)

Note: Date of admission.
Residence 9 June 1902 (Age 10 years)
Note: Address recorded on entry to Cottenham Road School.
Education
Cottenham Road School
26 August 1904 (Age 12 years)

Note: Date of leaving. Removed.
Hobbies
Haringay Swimming Club
1909 (Age 16 years)

Haringay Swimming Club
Haringay Swimming Club

Note: Albert Collard Gautier is at front and centre of picture


Award
Harringay Swimming Club Challenge Cup
1909 (Age 16 years)

Feat
Manacled Swim In The Thames
1909 (Age 16 years)

Note:
Albert is third from the left in the flat cap. This picture was taken near London Bridge which is behind the camera. The warehouse in the background, Pickfords Wharf, near the railway bridge is still there so gives a definitive location for the photo.

Occupation
Pianoforte Maker (Journeyman)
25 December 1910 (Age 18 years)

Citation details: Islington Vol. 1b Page 187
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Note: Occupation at birth of Albert.
Residence 25 December 1910 (Age 18 years)
Citation details: Islington Vol. 1b Page 187
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Note: Address at birth of Albert
Award
Harringay Swimming Club Challenge Cup
1910 (Age 17 years)

Harringay Swimming Club Challenge Trophy
Harringay Swimming Club Challenge Trophy

Note: The cup was presented to the club by Frank Sampson Esq., President. From the assay marks on it, the cup is Sterling Silver manufactured in London by Hunt and Roskell in 1872.

Portrait
Albert Gautier Taken In About 1911
1911 (Age 18 years)

Note: Taken at someone's wedding in Newport, Wales.
Residence 28 June 1912 (Age 20 years)
Note: Address quoted on a requisition for a certificate of birth
Military
2nd Queens Own Cameron Highlanders
1913 (Age 20 years)

Note:
The 2nd Cameron Highlanders went to India from China in 1909. They were at Bangalore until 1913, when they moved to Poona. At the start of WW1 they went back to England before being sent to France. The picture shows Albert (standing) in the tropical dress uniform of the QO Cameron Highlanders. This portrait was taken in Bangalore.
Albert Gautier in Bangalore
Albert Gautier in Bangalore

Note: Albert (standing) is in the tropical dress uniform of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. The photo is embossed "W Gentle Bangalore".

Military
Entered WW1
8 November 1914 (Age 22 years)

Note: From Albert's Medal Card, the Theatre of War first entered was (3) ie. Egypt. Albert embarked on SS Torilla on this date at Bombay with the Royal Field Artillery 10th Brigade which came under the command of the 6th (Poona) Division. The Torilla was a 5205 grt passenger/cargo steamer built in 1911 by Palmers' SB. & Iron Co., Ltd., Newcastle for British India Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., Glasgow. Official Number: 12958.
Military
Disembarkation
12 November 1914 (Age 22 years)

Note: With 6th (Poonah Division) disembarked at Saihan in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
Military
Taking of Basra
22 November 1914 (Age 22 years)

Note: The British occupied the city of Basra against a force of Ottoman soldiers of the Iraq Area Command commanded by Suphi Bey, the Governor of Basra. The Ottoman troops ran after a short fight, abandoning Basra and retreated farther up the river. The British occupied Basra and established order in the town
Military
Battle of Qurna
9 December 1914 (Age 22 years)

Note: After capturing Basra the British then continued their advance, and at the Battle of Qurna they succeeded in capturing Subhi Bey and 1,000 of his Ottoman troops. That gave the British a very strong position and ensured that Basra and the oilfields would be protected from an Ottoman advance. This secured British oil supplies in the Middle East. This oil field supplied most of the Royal Navy's fuel. The main Ottoman army, under the overall command of Khalil Pasha was located 275 miles north-west around Baghdad. They made only weak efforts to dislodge the British.
Military
Turkish Counterattack
11 April 1915 (Age 23 years)

Note:
In due course the Turks initiated an offensive with simultaneous preliminary bombardments of Shaiba and Qurna on 11 April 1915. In the latter case the bombardment of the British 6th (Poona) Division progressed for three days while periodic attempts at piercing the town's defences were unsuccessfully attempted; eventually a counter-attack by the 2nd Dorsets and 24th Punjabis routed the Turks with heavy losses. It was during these attacks that Albert was wounded severely in the arms and legs by shrapnel. He was returned to England. If it had not been for this he would have undoubtedly entered Kut with the ill fated Townshend whose army suffered so terribly at the hands of the Turks.

Convalescing From WW1 Wounds
Convalescing From WW1 Wounds

Note: Albert is on the far right.

MarriageClara Elizabeth DAYMANView this family
14 November 1915 (Age 23 years)
Citation details: Entry 42 in the Marriage Register Books of St Saviours Church, Islington
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Shared note: Marriage at St Saviours Church, Hanley Road, Crouch Hill, Islngton by the Curate, F H Farthing and witnessed by Charley Dayman and Thomas Freeman Lugg. At this time their eldest son, Albert Charles, would have been almost 5 years old.

Occupation
Regular Army
14 November 1915 (Age 23 years)

Note: Occupation noted at marriage to Clara
Portrait
Albert Taken In About 1917
1917 (Age 24 years)

Note: Albert in the uniform of the Royal Field Artillery. The sleeve chevrons indicate 6 years good conduct.
Portrait
Albert Taken In About 1918
1918 (Age 25 years)

Note:
Albert In Royal Field Artillery uniform. The sleeve chevrons indicate at least 5 years good conduct. The vertical stripe under the chevrons is a wound stripe indicating that he has been wounded in action. He was a driver ie. a driver of horses pulling the guns, hence the spurs on his boots. Also included here are Albert's souvenir photos of his time in the RFA.





Military Award
World War I Medals
1919 (Age 26 years)

Source: Medal Card
Citation details: Regimental Number 63056 (RFA) and 201347 (RGA)
Text:
Victory Medal - Roll No. RGA/264«sup»b«/sup», page 15625 British War Medal - Roll No. RGA/264«sup»b«/sup», page 15625 1915 Star - RGA/3«sup»c«/sup»12, page 825 Silver War Badge - RGA/1585 Theatre of War first served in (3) Date of entry therein 8-11-14
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Note: Albert wearing his medals, his Medal Card and some further details.
Albert Collard Gautier
Albert Collard Gautier

Note: Albert proudly wearing his medals whilst on parade with the Bridlington Rocket Apparatus Company.


Albert Collard Gautier - Medal Card
Albert Collard Gautier - Medal Card

Note: Shows the award of the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1915 Star, commonly known as "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred", and the Silver War Badge given to those wounded in action.


Occupation
Baths Proprietor
1920 (Age 27 years)
Note: Click for more on the history of the Baths in Bridlington http://www.gautier.me.uk/baths.html
Feat
Daily Swimming Exhibitions
1921 (Age 28 years)

Note: Albert gave daily swimming exhibitions and feats of escapology from the North Pier at Bridlington. Here is a series of photos taken in 1921.
Albert Gautier On The North Pier Steps
Albert Gautier On The North Pier Steps

Note: Albert would invite a spectator to tie him up and would then dive into the sea with his feet manacled and free himself whilst in the water.


Albert Gautier Dives In
Albert Gautier Dives In

Note: Albert shown diving into the sea adjacent to Bridlington North Pier. His hands and feet are manacled and he would demonstrate how it was still possible to swim and stay afloat.



Newspaper Report
Swimming at Bridlington
9 July 1921 (Age 29 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 9 July 1921
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Transcript from the Bridlington Free Press, Saturday July 9th 1921 «b»SWIMMING AT BRIDLINGTON«/b» MANY BOYS BEING INSTRUCTED AT THE BATHS Members of the Bridlington Education Committee have received an interesting report from Mr F G Frankish, the organising teacher of physical training, on the results of the swimming instruction given during the last month to the senior boys of the elementary schools under the authority. He states that arrangements were made with the proprietors of the Royal Baths for the use of the swimming bath for two mornings each week from 10am to 12 noon, and it was hoped to begin lessons in swimming on the 3rd May, but owing to the low temperature of the water and the shortage of fuel available for heating purposes, the start was postponed till the 26 May. Previous to this date classes were given instruction and practice in land drill, with the object of enabling the pupils to perform automatically the movements of the breast stroke with correct timing and breathing before making their first efforts in the water, when owing to mental stress brain direction is difficult. These exercises were practiced in the school playgrounds, thus avoiding some preliminary visits to the baths, with consequent saving of time, and the boys most proficient in land drill were the ones selected to form the swimming classes. Each class consists of 20 boys and is allowed 40 minutes at the baths. Swimming is not a compulsory part of physical training. Each boy wishing to go to the baths must present to his headmaster a form duly signed by the parent or guardian and giving his or her consent. Any boy with whom bathing does not appear to agree is withdrawn and his place is taken by another, as at present there are many more aspirants than there are places. Among the 120 boys who visited the baths in the first week not more than five or six were able to swim even a few strokes. Now there are between 20 or 30 able to swim across the bath. «b»Professor Gautier, the present proprietor of the baths, has given a number of watch chains to be awarded to boys who are able to swim a length.«/b» Already 13 boys had been presented with these awards and a good number of others show promise of becoming entitled to these highly valued marks of proficiency at an early date. The cleanliness of the bath left nothing to be desired. There is ample dressing accomodation, and a foot bath is always provided. All boys are inspected before entering the water, and so far there has been no occasion to find fault with their personal cleanliness. The majority appear to have their bath night immediately preceeding the day for swimming. The classes from Oxford Street School are accompanied by their teachers, Messrs. Appleby, Whittaker and Smith, and those from the Burlington and Hilderthorpe Schools by Mr A Hardwick and Mr Woodhouse respectively. "The assistance and encouragement given by these gentlemen is much appreciated by the boys and me." adds Mr Frankish, who urges a visit to the baths at any time from any member or official of the Education Committee.
Newspaper Report
The School Swimming Classes
23 September 1921 (Age 29 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Chronicle 23 September 1921
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Transcript from The Chronicle dated September 23rd, 1921 «b»THE SCHOOL SWIMMING CLASSES«/b» Dr Hutchinson Presents a Challenge Shield The boys of the three elementary schools (top classes) of the town, have greatly benefited by the swimming classes which are held in the «b»Royal Swimming Baths, Queens Square (Professor Gautier's). Mr Gautier promised a neat watch chain to each boy who became able to swim a length of the bath, and of the 120 boys 44 have already won a chain. «/b»Out of 120 boys in May, when the classes were started, only 3 or 4 could swim a little - now more than the boys can swimm, and several of them, sevaral times the length of the bath. It is very creditable to the physical training teacher Mr F G Frankish, who takes a great interest in the boys. Yesterday classes were at the baths from each of the schools, the teachers accompanying them including Mr F F Millner, Hilderthorpe School. The Hutchinson Swimming Shield Mr Frankish informed a "Chronicle" representative, yesterday that the first schools' swimming sports will be held at the Royal Baths on October 1st, and will be open to all the boys who have attended the swimming classes. The big event of the day will be the team race for the "Hutchinson Challenge Shield" (4 in a team). Dr Hutchinson, who takes a great interest in the swimming classes has kindly promised to provide a challenge shield, and the order has been placed with Messrs. F and G Lowson. Other events will include a three lengths championship race, for «b»a championship medal presented by Professor Gautier«/b»; two lengths race (any style); one length breast stroke; one length back stroke race; diving competition (neatest dive from diving board and edge of bath); one length novices race, any style (open to competitors who have not won a prize). The boys should note that entries close on Thursday next.
Newspaper Report
Bridlington Fishing Festival Committee
29 September 1922 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Chronicle 29 September 1922
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Note: Albert was a member of the Bridlington Fishing Festival Committee. The Sea Angling Festival was an annual event at Bridlington. It was run late in the summer season in an attempt to extend the tourist attractions of the town.
The Fishing Festival Committee
The Fishing Festival Committee

Note: The committee displaying the trophies on offer to sea fishing enthusiasts. Albert is arrowed at centre of picture. The picture includes many Bridlington worthies of the time.

Newspaper Report
Juvenile Swimming Gala at Bridlington
30 September 1922 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 30 September 1922
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Transcript of a report from the Bridlington Free Press 30 September 1922 «b»JUVENILE SWIMMING GALA AT BRIDLINGTON «/b» An interested company attended the Royal Baths, Bridlington on Saturday, when the second annual swimming gala for scholars attending the Borough Council Schools was held. Amongst those present were Ald. and Mrs Mainprize, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Dr and Mrs Holmes Field, Miss Wilstonhulme (physical training instructress to the East Riding County Council), Mr Palmer (headmaster of the Burlington School), Mr J H Amery (headmaster of the Hilderthorpe School), and Mr Frankish (physical training organiser to the local Education Authority). The winners of the various events were as follows:- One Length Breast Stroke - 1 J Johnson (Burlington School); 2 W Gee (Hiderthorpe School); 3 Eric Rowntree (Oxford Street School). Squadron Race for the Hutchinson Shield. Won by the Oxford Street School. Team W Dayes (Capt.), J Newby, B Simpson and Edward Rowtree. Two Lengths Breast Stroke - 1 W Dayes (Oxford Street School); 2 H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe School); 3 S Abel (Oxford Street School); 4 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School). Two Lengths Any Style - 1 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School); 2 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School); 3 H Copp (Oxford Street School). One Length Breast Stroke and One Length Back Stroke - 1 G Clark (Hilderthorpe School); 2 J Wood (Oxford Street School); 3 W Gee (Hilderthorpe School); 4 J Cable (Hilderthorpe School). Three Lengths Championship Race - 1 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School); 2 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School); 3 J Newby (Oxford Street School). Diving Competition - 1 W Creaser (Oxford Street School); 2 J Newby (Oxford Street School); 3 H Ezard (Oxford Street School); 4 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School). One Length Consolation Race - 1 E Padden (Oxford Street School); 2 L Robinson (Hilderthorpe School); 3 L Mainprize (Hilderthorpe School); 4 C Spencer (Burlington School); 5 S Martin (Hilderthorpe School). «b»At the conclusion of the sports, Professor Gautier gave an interesting exhibition of scientific swimming and later, together with Mr Frankish gave an exhibition of life saving. «/b»The prizes were later presented in the Hilderthorpe School. Ald. Mainprize, who presided, said they had had a splendid afternoon and it had been a real treat. All boys , he said, ought to be able to swim, and he hoped it would not be long before the girls at the schools also would be able to learn to swim. Mr Frankish stated that about 120 boys attended the swimming baths and spent about a quarter of an hour each week there. Each boy could attend 13 lessons if he were never absent or late. «b»Forty-nine boys last year had been presented with watch chains by Professor Gautier when they could swim one length, whilst 30 boys had received chains this year. «/b»Mr Palmer and Mr A E Gray spoke of the competence of the art of swimming and Mrs J V Mainprize then presented the prizes to the winners, Dr Holmes Field handing the Hutchinson Shield to the captainn of the Oxford Street team. Mr Frankish heartily thanked Mrs Mainprize for presenting the prizes and also the donors of the prizes. The following ladies and gentlemen gave prizes for the gala:- Ald. Mainprize, Ald. Grimshaw, Ald. Turner, Councillor Hermon, Councillor Holmes, Councillor A Wilkinson, Councillor Murphy, Councillor Storr, Councillor Limon, Councillor Gray, Mr H Shaw, Mrs G Hardwick, Nurse Laws, Miss Stuart, Mrs Bottomley, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Mr Whittington, Mr E Neal, Mr F Wilkinson, «b»Professor Gautier«/b», Capt. Beckett, Mr E Nightingale, Mrs Patterson, Mrs Frankish, Mr A E Gray, Mr Horspool, Mr O Sutcliffe, Dr Hutchinson and Capt. Charlesworth.
Newspaper Report
Bridlington Sea Angling Committee Meeting
26 January 1923 (Age 30 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Chronicle 26 January 1923
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle 26 January 1923 «b»THE BRIDLINGTON SEA ANGLING COMMITTEE«/b» Festival Week 17th to 22rd September A meeting of the Bridlington Sea Angling Committee was held in the Waterloo Café, Garrison Street, Bridlington, on Tuesday evening, Counciller E Lambert presiding. Others present included Mr Geo Anderson, Mr A Cubitt, «b»Mr A Gautier«/b», Mr W Gosnay, Mr H Harrison, Mr B Hutton, Mr B Hurd, Mr G W Jordison, Mr J Lawton, Mr T Linford, Mr T Longbottom, Mr L Moss, Mr A H Murphy, Mr F Wilkinson and the hon. secretary, Mr A E Collins. Councillor E LAMBERT said the meeting had been called in order to get the festival into form for this year. The first question was, were they going to hold a festival this year? On the proposition of Mr CUBITT, seconded by Mr LAWTON, it was unanimously decided to hold the Fishing Festival. THE COMMITTEE Mr JORDISON proposed and Mr HARRISON seconded, that last year's committee consisting of Mr Geo Anderson, Mr N Bailey, Mr J Carlton, Mr A Cooper, Mr A Cubitt, «b»Mr A Gautier«/b», Mr W Gosnay, Mr F Green, Mr H Harrison, Councillor J Hermon, Mr R Hutton, Mr B Hurd, Mr G W Jordison, Mr J Lawton, Mr T Linford, Mr T Longbottom, Mr H Messenger, Mr L Moss, Mr A H Murphy, Mr C H Nicholls, Mr R Purvis and Mr J G Tooth, should be re-elected, with powers to add to their number. Mr LAWTON proposed and Mr HURD seconded, that the following officers should be re-elected:- President Councillor E Lambert; chairman Mr Fred Wilkinson; deputy chairman Councillor C H Gray; hon. treasurer Mr W W Burton; hon. secretary Mr A E Collins. CUPS TO BE WON OUTRIGHT Mr LAWTON proposed that there should be six cups for competition to be won outright, in addition to the five challenge cups to be competed for viz., the Corporation Cup, "Yorkshire Evening News" Cup, "Snaps" Trophy, " Blue Bird" Café Challenge Trophy, and the Presidents Challenge Cup. FESTIVAL DATE Mr CUBITT proposed, and Mr HARRISON seconded, that the date of this years festival be from 17th to 22nd September.-Carried. CARNIVAL WEEK Mr CUBITT proposed, and «b»Mr GAUTIER«/b» seconded, that the fishing competition for the "Blue Bird" Challenge Cup (the present holder of which is Mr A L B Cross, 19 Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington) be held on the Thursday in the Business Mens' Carnival week. It was decided that as many members as possible should attend the meeting of the Lily Sea Angling Association which takes place tonight at the Stirling Castle Hotel, with a view, if possible, to co-operation.
Fishing Festival Committee 1923
Fishing Festival Committee 1923

Note: Albert is on the left of the picture.

Residence 21 August 1923 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: Vol. 9d Page 572
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Committee
Sea Angling Festival Committee
September 1923 (Age 31 years)

Sea Angling Festival
Sea Angling Festival

Note: Facsimile of a page from the programme of the 2nd Annual Sea Angling Festival.

Newspaper Report
Swimming Progress at Bridlington
6 October 1923 (Age 31 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 6 October 1923
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 6 October 1923 «b» SWIMMING PROGRESS AT BRIDLINGTON The Annual School Competition«/b» SHIELD WON BY HILDERTHORPE SCHOOL The third annual swimming competitions in connection with the Bridlington Elementary Schools were held at the local Baths on Saturday evening before a large company of interested spectators, amongst whom were the Mayor and Mayoress, Ald.Turner, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Dr Hutchinson, Mrs Horspool, Mr A E Wilkinson, Mr J Storr, Mr Loader, Mr F Wilkinson, Mr Gosnay and Mr R Newton. All the events were keenly contested, some very fine swimming being witnessed, reflecting great credit on the instructor Mr F G Frankish. The distribution of prizes took place at the Hilderthorpe Schools following the competition. Ald. Turner presided, and swimming in Bridlington today had progressed, but had not attained the position he hoped it would come up to. He felt quite sure that they would have continued success if they crried out the same instructions as previously under the same instructor. If any of the boys fell overboard he felt sure they would know what to do and how to get to shore. Referring to the recent sad bathing fatality at Bridlington, the Chairman said many people who knew how to swim sometimes lost self-confidence. He wanted the boys, if they fell overboard, to say to themselves, " I am going to swim straight to shore." They should get the confidence and swim straight forward, the same as in life. When they had made up their minds as regards a worthy object they should never give up. Alderman Turner spoke of the gratitude of the children to the donors of prizes. Concluding, he said that he had heard that Hilderthorpe boys had once more won the Swimming Shield. (Applause.) He was very pleased they had secured it once more. He hoped and trusted they would endeavour to keep the Shield and felt certain if they followed the instructions given them by Mr Frankish they would never lose it. REPORT BY MR FRANKISH Submitting a short report Mr Frankish stated that ever since the swimming classes had commenced«b» Mr Gautier«/b» had promised to give a watch chain to each boy who could swim a length. This gentleman had not told him yet where he got them from, but his supply seemed to be unlimited. This year he he had the pleasure of giving away fifty-one watch chains. Last year the number presented was 31. Proceeding, Mr Frankish explained that the Education committee also made awards. When a boy was able to swim one length breast stroke and the same back stroke he was given a third class certificate. When he was able to do the same without the use of his hands and turn a somersault from the side of the bath he got a second class certificate. Then for A FIRST CLASS CERTIFICATE he had to do the previous operations, dive five feet, carry a tired swimmer one length and perform a trick. This year they had given 27 third class certificates against 24 last year, 31 second class certificates against 8 and 18 first class certificates against 4. (Applause.) The first four boys to gain first class certificates thought themselves wonderful. There were eighteen wonderful boys this year. (Applause and laughter.) Between 130 and 140 boys had received instruction. A good many could swim across the bath. In continuation, Mr Frankish spoke of the ability to swim as a very valuable acquisition and a great factor in the formation of character. Some boys, he said, clung to the bath side rails in first learning to swim, and would not release their hold without a good deal of persuasion. The fear of the water was a natural one. If, however, they had the necessary grit and determination they learnt to swim. PRESENTATION OF SHIELD The Chairman then introduced Dr Hutchinson, whom, he said, was very found of sport. Dr Hutchinson handed the Challenge Sheild to the Hilderthorpe team, comprising Stanley Martin, Harry Wilkin, «b»Albert «i»(Charles)«/i» Gautier«/b» and Leonard Askham, and mentioned they had just won it by one second. He thought that there was very great credit due to the boys for bringing it back to their school. Mr Frankish announced that the runners up were Oxford Street boys, namely, Weldon, Stacey, Ezard and Whiting, who, through the kindness of Dr Hutchinson were each to be presented with a beautiful knife. Mr J H Amery, headmaster of the Hilderthorpe (Bridlington) School, said he was very pleased that the winning of the Sheild had not been left to the headmaster of his school, for if it had been , he was sure it would not have come there. He was very proud of his four school representatives. They had had the misfortune to lose the services of one of their best swimmers, who had broken a wrist on the football field. Still, after very hard work they had been able to win the Shield, he being sure that one second was a very important one in the history of their school. He had to propose, and with very great pleasure too, a vote of thanks to Dr Hutchinson, the generous donor of their trophy two years ago. The competition had created a great deal of excitement, and rightly so. He had also to propose a vote of thanks to Mr Fred Wilkinson, so well known for his generosity, who had given them four medals to go with the Shield. (Applause.) Seconding the motion, which was cordially carried, Mr J Whiteside, headmaster of the Oxford Street Schools, he and his boys would be very disappointed not to find the Shield in its usual place on Monday. They were glad, however, that Hilderthorpe had not suffered through the loss of their swimmer who broke his wrist. He (Mr Whiteside) felt very sorry for him, that night, He did not know if there was a special prize for him. Continuing, Mr Whiteside expressed his delight at seeing Burlington School in the competition, and said he would not be surprised if this school came along next year and disappointed the other two. Mrs Mainprize distributed the prizes, a special award being given to Leslie Robson the unfortunate Hilderthorpe boy. The Chairman then expressed his thanks to Mrs Mainprize for her services, to Messrs. R Newton and «b»A C Gautier«/b» (the judges), Mr Sigsworth who loaned ladders, the donors of the prizes, and Messrs. Snow and Milner who made certain arrangements in connection with the event. The happy function thenconcluded with a vote of thanks to the Chairman who ably responded. THE WINNERS The following were the winners of the various events:- One Length Breast Stroke - Heat 1; Welburn (Oxford Street), Heat 2; «b»A Gautier«/b» (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3; Herbert Martin (Hilderthorpe), Heat 4; Ben Crawford (Hilderthorpe). Final 1 Crawford; 2 «b»Gautier«/b»; 3 Welburn; 4 Martin. Hutchinson Challenge Sheild. 1 Hilderthorpe School; 2 Oxford Street School; 3 Burlington School. Won by two feet, a yard between 2nd and 3rd. Two Lengths Any Style. Heat 1; 1 Spencer (Burlington), 2 «b»Albert Gautier«/b» (Hilderthorpe), 3 Leonard Askham (Hilderthorpe). Heat 2 Stanley Martin (Hilderthorpe). Final; 1 Martin, 2 «b»Gautier«/b», 3 Askham. One Length Breast Stroke, One Length Back Stroke. Heat 1; C Spencer (Burlington), Heat 2; H Short (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3; W Gee (Hilderthorpe), Heat 4; H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe). Final; 1 Wilkin, 2 Gee, 3 Short, 4 Spencer. Three Lengths Championship. Heat 1; 1 H Ross (Burlington), 2 G Whiting Oxford Street), Heat 2; 1 L Askham, 2 «b»A Gautier«/b», Final 1 Ross, 2 Whiting, 3 Askham, 4 «b»Gautier«/b». Diving. 1 T Welburn (Oxford Street), 2 H Ezard (Oxford Street), 3 J Colley (Oxford Street), 4 G Asquith (Hilderthorpe), 5 Hodgson (Hilderthorpe), 6 H Martin (Hilderthorpe). Two Lengths Fully Dressed. Heat 1 B Crawford (Hilderthorpe), Heat 2 H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3 H Martin (Hilderthorpe). Tired Swimmers Race. Heat 1 W Gee and Ben Crawford (Hilderthorpe), Heat 2 Clifford Spencer and Harry Ross (Burlington), Heat 3 Henry Wilkin and Harry Short (Hilderthorpe). Final 1 Wilkin and Short, 2 Gee and Crawford, 3 Spencer and Ross. Consolation Race One Length. 1 B (Oxford Street), 2 J Tate (Hilderthorpe), 3 J Webster (Oxford Street), 4 J S (Hilderthorpe).
Newspaper Report
Rocket Life Saving Company
28 June 1924 (Age 32 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 28 June 1924
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press 28 June 1924 «b»ROCKET LIFE SAVING COMPANY An Inspection at Bridlington«/b» AN INTERESTING PRESENTATION The annual inspection of the Bridlington Rocket Life-Saving Company took place on the cliffs at Belvedere last Thursday afternoon. The weather was beautifully fine and led to many people walking along the sands to witness the event. Commander Gregory, Inspector for this Division, who was accompanied by Divisional Officer G Croucher, viewed operations, and gave orders which were smartly carried out by the following men under the command of Captain F Wilkinson:- Messrs. A E Wilkinson (No.1), H Messenger, G Anderson, T Longbottom, T Lenford, T Cawthorne, W Howe, R Brown, RD Turner, R Shillito, D McPherson, W Siddall, «b»A C Gautier«/b», W Carr, A Miles, A E Gray, G Lavender and S Tranmer. Commander Gregory first inspected the company, and expressed his pleasure at seeing them. He had, he said, heard a good deal about the Bridlington Company, but had not met them before, owing to their inability to secure a practice ground. The party were then given the word "Action," and fired a rocket to which a line was attached. Station Officer Head, Coastguards Healy and Hastings, who along with the Mayor of Bridlington had taken up a position on the sands representing a shipwrecked party, quickly fixed a whip and hawser to a stationary mast. Coastguard Healy was hauled up to cliff top in the breeches buoy, and immediately became the subject of first aid drill. At the conclusion of the inspection , Commander Gregory congratulated the Bridlington Comany on their display, stating that he greatly appreciated seeing such willing work done in such a smart way. FORTY YEARS' NAVAL SERVICE He then announced that he had a pleasing presentation to make on behalf of the company to former Chief Station Officer Palmer, who recently retired after 40 years' service in the Royal Navy. Handing Mr Palmer a case of pipes, Commander Gregory said he was doubly pleased to make the presentation because it was an indication of the good spirit prevailing between the Coastguards and the Royal(sic.) Life Saving Company. Mr Palmer, who was two years chief station officer at Bridlington, and is spending his retirement in the town, thanked the Bridlington Rocket Life-Saving Company for their gift, and stated that during the whole time he was at the local station he had always found the company willing and ready to do whatever they possibly could and always cheerfully. He Had come into contact with several companies and could honestly say that the Bridlington one was the best he had ever served with.He Had felt highly honoured to command it. (Applause.) Mr Palmer served in Ireland before coming to Bridlington. He has been once round the world and almost two-thirds of the way round it again.
Albert Gautier - Rocket Life Saving Company
Albert Gautier - Rocket Life Saving Company

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The company is on excercise about to fire a rocket line. Albert is on the right.


Albert Gautier - Rocket Life Saving Company
Albert Gautier - Rocket Life Saving Company

Note: This is the Rocket Life Saving Company on parade on Fishermen's Sunday. An annual parade and service at Priory Church which takes place in Bridlington on the Sunday nearest to 10 February to commemorate the six lifeboatmen and scores of other seamen who died in the Great Gale of 1871. Albert (moustache) is second right in the first rank behind the officers.


Rocket Life Saving Company
Rocket Life Saving Company

Note: Sewerby Cliffs. The men of the Bridlington Life Saving Rocket Company demonstrate a rescue by Breeches Buoy. The company enabled rescues to be made from ships driven ashore, where the lifeboat could not get close enough, by use of a rocket fired line.

Newspaper Report
Remarkable Swimming Feats
28 August 1926 (Age 34 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 28 August 1926
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press 28 August 1923 together with some photos taken around this period at Bridlington and Scarborough. «b»"REMARKABLE SWIMMING FEATS" Professor Gautier's Interesting Career" «/b» "One of the attractions of the Bridlington Sea Front to visitors during the past week has been provided by Professor A C Gautier, proprietor of the Royal Baths, who has daily given clever performances from the North Pier. He is a swimmer of unusual merit, and his exhibitions have included motionless floating, swimming with the hands and feet manacled, swimming with the legs shackled, the backward crawl stroke, and imitations of a duck and a porpoise. As a last act he swims deprived of the use of the limbs, with his arms bound behind his back with thirty yards of rope. His feet, too, are bound and in deep water he releases himself. Mr Gautier has been in Bridlington six years and during that time he has taught upwards of 200 adults and children to swim each year. He commenced his swimming career at the age of six, when he travelled the music halls with his father and did a glass tank turn. At the age of 15 he entered the Long Distance Championship of England Race and covered the five mile course from Richmond to Putney in 70 minutes. Although he was the youngest competitor to enter such a race on the Thames up to or since that time, Mr Gautier finished fifth. The same year he won the Southern Counties Mile Competition and the Championship of Ramsgate and Harringay. He also holds two medals and certificates for life saving. Mr Gautier afterwards took more to trick swimming, and before he received injuries in the great war he used to dive 80 feet with his arms and feet shackled. During 1914 he was touring in India with a troupe of swimmers, and covered four miles of the Mula River near Paona (sic), with his hands and feet manacled in one hour and 35 minutes. The following day , when some Tommies were were watering their horses near the spot Mr Gautier had swum over, one of the animals was ATTACKED BY A CROCODILE So bad were the injuries received that the horse was afterwards destroyed. Late in 1914 Mr Gautier joined his Majesty's Forces in India and saw service in Mesopotamia. He participated at the taking of Basra, but in April 1915 he was severely wounded in the legs and arms by shrapnel fire. Thirteen months later a piece of shell which had penetrated his thigh, was extracted in England. So serious were the wounds received by Mr Gautier in France that he was still in hospital when peace was declared. He has, however, made a remarkable recovery, and in addition to displays at Bridlington, he has given similar exhibitions at Scarborough Bathing Pool during the past season."
Albert Gautier Swimming Feats
Albert Gautier Swimming Feats

Note: Albert the centre of attention on the North Pier of Bridlington Harbour during one of his swimming exhibitions.


Albert Gautier At Scarborough
Albert Gautier At Scarborough

Note: Albert about to demonstrate swimming while manacled hand and foot.


Albert Gautier At Scarborough
Albert Gautier At Scarborough

Note: A volunteer does his best to ensure Albert cannot get free.


Albert Gautier At Scarborough
Albert Gautier At Scarborough

Note: Albert about to plunge into the pool whilst securely bound.


Albert Gautier At Scarborough
Albert Gautier At Scarborough

Note: Albert dives in to free himself before the waiting crowd.

Newspaper Report
A C Gautier And The Channel Swim
September 1926 (Age 34 years)

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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle Sept 1926 «b»A C GAUTIER AND THE CHANNEL SWIM«/b» Professor A. Gautier, the well known local swimmer, has interested himself in a challenge made by a London paper, offering £1000 to the first British born subject to swim the Channel, beating Miss Ederle's time of 14.5 hours. Mr Gautier thinks the reason why very few British swimmers make the attempt is on account of the expenses incurred which amount to between £100 and £200. If it were not for the matter of expense, Mr Gautier would be quite willing to make the attempt. He has had much experience in long distance swimming, one of his feats being that of swimming in the Thames, under all the bridges of London, a distance of 17 miles, with his hands and feet manacled. When only 16 years of age, he entered for the long distance championship of England, and finished fifth. He was the youngest competitor who has ever entered for the race. Last evening, Mr Gautier gave an exhibition of trick swimming and diving, at the Kingston Swimming Club Gala held at the Beverley Road Baths, Hull.
Newspaper Report
Opening of the Spa Swimming Lake
13 June 1930 (Age 38 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Chronicle 13 June 1930
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle 13 June 1930 «b»Opening of the Spa Swimming Lake SUCCESSFUL GALA AND SPORTS«/b» KEEN COMPETITION FOR THE FOREMAN CHALLENGE CUPS Under the auspices of the Bridlington Mixed Swimming and Sports Club, on Whit Monday, the New Spa Lake was opened by a water carnival and aquatic sports, which were attended by a large number of people. In the afternoon , swimming competitions for boys and girls attending Bridlngton Council Schools were held. The chief events being races for two handsome silver cups, presented to the club by Councillor J W and Mrs Foreman. The races which were over a distance of 35 yards (boys) and 25 yards (girls) were very exciting and were won by J V Gautier (boys) and Elsie Summerscales (girls), after exciting races. Mr T R Jemison was the starter, and Mr «b»A Gautier«/b» the judge. The following were the results:- Foreman Challenge Cup (boys) 35yards: 1 J V Gautier; 2 A Gee; 3 H Shippey. Foreman Challenge Cup (girls) 25 Yards: 1 Elsie Summerscales; 2 Doris Johns; 3 Lily Clark. Paddle Boat Race: 1 H Shippey and J Morris; 2 E Wood and J V Gautier; 3 J Barlow and A Gee. Cock Fighting: 1 H Shippey; 2 B Crawford; 3 J Ellis; 4 A Coleman. Greasy Pole: 1 C Woods. Riding the Duck: 1 H Shippey; 2 C Woods. The prizes were afterwards presented by Mrs Foreman.
Albert Gautier - Swimming Gala
Albert Gautier - Swimming Gala

Note: The successful swimmers with their trophies. Albert (competition judge) is on the right. At the front and second from the left is Jules Victor, Alberts second son holding the Foreman Challenge Cup.


Albert Gautier - Swimming Gala
Albert Gautier - Swimming Gala

Note: Greasy Pole at the swimming gala in the Spa Swimming Lake (now a boating lake). Albert, one of the judges is on the left in the paddle boat with the Starter Mr T R Jemison.

Newspaper Report
Attempt to Swim Manacled for Two Hours
29 November 1930 (Age 38 years)

Citation details: Bridlington Free Press 29 Novemebr 1930
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 23 Nov 1930 «b»Attempt to Swim Manacled for Two Hours«/b» Professor A C Gautier, proprietor of the local public baths and swimming instructor to the Borough Education Authority, called at the "Free Press" office on Thursday and imparted the interesting information that he has undertaken to attempt to swim manacled for two hours at the East Hull Baths. The manacles will be fixed by the Lord Mayor of Hull, and should the feat be accomplished, the worlds record for manacled swimming will have been broken by Mr Gautier, who for a number of years has given performances in the sea at Bridlington. He has also given exhibitions at Peasholm Park and the Bathing Pool at Scarborough, and he has twice swum around the foot of the castle there with his hands and feet manacled.
Newspaper Report
Bridlington Swimmers Fine Feat
20 December 1930 (Age 38 years)

Citation details: Bridlington Free Press Saturday 20 December 1930
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 20 Dec 1930 «b» Bridlington Swimmers Fine Feat Record Created by Professor Gautier«/b» By covering one and a quarter miles in two hours with his hands and ankles bound by strong leather shackles at the East Hull Baths on Monday night, Professor A C Gautier, of Bridlington, has attained his ambition of setting up a world record for manacled swimming. The manacles were secured by Councillor Nicholson, a member of the Hull Corporation Baths Committee, and Professor Gautier more than performed the feat which he desired to do for he swam manacled for about two and three quarter miles. He was obliged to be on the move all the time he was in the water, as floating was barred; and he averaged eighteen strokes per length of the bath. He swam a quarter of a mile each ten minutes during the opening stages, and in the last few minutes he increased that speed. At the completion of his self imposed task, the "Houdini of the Water", as Professor Gautier has been described, climbed unaided from the bath.
Leisure
Swim Training
1930 (Age 37 years)

Note: Taken around 1930. Albert Gautier, son Jules and others on Bridlington beach in what appears to be a training session.
Occupation
Teacher of Swimming
1931 (Age 38 years)

Citation details: Page 43
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Albert Gautier
Albert Gautier

Note: Advertisement in the Bridlington Holiday Guide 1931

Portrait
Fishing Festival Committee
1931 (Age 38 years)

Note: The committee in about 1931. Albert is in the jazzy jumper.
Fishing Festival Committee C1931
Fishing Festival Committee C1931

Note: The committee with all the fishing trophies. Albert is casually dressed in open necked shirt and a jazzy jumper. The main prize seems to be a high tech wind up gramaphone.

Newspaper Report
Rescue of Three Boys
21 July 1932 (Age 40 years)
Award
Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Medallion
October 1932 (Age 40 years)

Note:
Confirmed in the RLSS Awards Record of 1932 on page 242 under the heading "Bath Attendants" Albert's name is recorded alongside that of his son Jules who achieved the award at the same time. The extract below, from the RLSS 1932 Handbook gives an idea of what was required to achieve the award. «b»THE BRONZE MEDALLION«/b» CONDITIONS OF EXAMINATION The Medallion, with the name and date engraved on the back, will be granted to those who become entitled to it under the following conditions: - 1. Candidates must be over 14 years of age and have passed for the Intermediate (or Proficiency) Certificate or fulfil all the conditions of that Award by entering for the Intermediate Certificate, and being examined in (f) of those conditions at the same time as they are examined for the Medallion. 2. The examination shall be certified by two Examiners appointed by the Society or agreed to by responsible officials of the Society. In the event of an official of the Society or a member of the Society's panel of Examiners being appointed to conduct the examination, then one Examiner shall be sufficient. 3. An examination fee of 2/- shall be paid by each candidate. (When the Intermediate Certificate and theBronze Medallion are taken under one examination the fee for both Awards must be paid and separate forms filled in. Candidates passing the Bronze Medallion Test together with test (f) of Intermediate Certificate conditions will receive both awards.) 4. The tests shall comprise all of the following: Land (a) Rescue Drills (shortened form, see p. 115). (b) Release Drill (shortened form, see p. 116 ). (c) Drill for the Schafer Method of Resuscitation and for the promotion of circulation. (d) Questions on the reasons for and value of each detail of the grips demonstrated in (a) and (b) and on the general physiological effect of each movement made in (c). (e) Questions to test the knowledge of all the information up to p.114 of the Handbook. Water (f) The drills for (i) First Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (ii) theSecond Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (iii) the Third Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (i v) the Fourth Method of Rescue; the subject in each case being carried a distance of 20 yards (exclusive of the turn - Fourth Method). (See p p. 50 to 5 9) (g) Execute a surface dive and recover with both hands an object from 6 feet of water (with a minimum of 5 feet, but if less than 6 feet is absolutely necessary a note on the examination form with reasons must be given), and bring it to land by the First Method of rescue. The initial stroke of the dive must be sufficiently correct and powerful to carry the candidate without any further swimming movement of the legs, down the full depth (see p. 1 34). The return upward is to be (when practicable) by a push off with the feet from the bottom. If the surface dive, recovery of the object and landing are not satisfactory on the first attempt then the surface dive, recovery and landing must be satisfactory three times in the next three attempts. (Note. Knowledge of candidates as required by sections (d) and (e) shall be tested by at least six quest ions of the scope and type indicated on p p. 179 to 182. Answers must be precise and indicate an appreciation of the practical and physiological side of the work.) 5. Candidates failing in any one of the tests (a) to (g) of Condition 4 must be returned as inefficient and shall forfeit the examination fee (subject to paragraphs 14 and 15 of the General Conditions governing Examinations). 6. The granting of the award is subject to confirmation by the Central Executive.
Award
Royal Life Saving Society Award Of Merit
October 1932 (Age 40 years)

Note:
Confirmed in the RLSS Awards Record of 1932 on page 489 Albert's name is followed by RLSS in parenthesis indiccating that he was a RLSS member. The extract below from the RLSS 1932 Handbook gives an idea of what was required to achieve the award. «b»THE AWARD OF MERIT «/b»CONDITIONS OF EXAMINATION This Award, which consists of a Silver Medallion (inscribed with name and date) and a special Badge for the swimming costume, will be granted to those who become entitled to it under the following conditions : 1. Candidates must be over 16 years of age and have gained the Bronze Medallion previously. Applicants for examination should forward their full name and address (together with the place and date when the Bronze Medallion was gained) and also the fee (see Condition 3) to the Chief Secretary, or in the case of Branches, to the Branch Secretary. 2. The examination shall be certified by an Examiner or Examiners appointed by the Central Executive, by a Branch Executive or by an Honorary Representative, who will also name the date, time and place of examination. 3. A fee of 10s shall be paid by each candidate. The examination fee for individual members of the Society and for members of His Majesty 's Forces is 7s 6d. 4 . Candidates shall present themselves for examination attired as follows : - «i»Men«b» «/b»«/i»- Swimming costume or drawers; normal long-sleeved shirt with separate collar and separate tie; cloth or flannel trousers with which belt or braces must be worn; socks which must be securely fastened till removed for test (c); waistcoat. «i»Ladies «/i»- Swimming costume; corsets, liberty bodice or vest; knickers ; stockings which must be held up by suspenders till removed for test (c); cloth or flannel skirt ; jumper with long sleeves, or other long-sleeved garment which must be taken off over the head. The attire shall be of an ordinary everyday character and must be properly fastened on. 5. The examination shall consist of the six following tests which must be performed in a meritorious manner: - (a)«i» «/i»To swim, dressed as above, 20 yards to a person attired in bathing costume and carry the subject back the same distance by the Second Method of Rescue (p. 57 ). (b)«i» «/i»To swim, dressed as above, continuously a distance of 600 yards by three different strokes. Viz. : - (1) 200 yards breast stroke (see pp. 122 to 130). (2) 200 yards back stroke, without the use of arms (see pp. 131-2 ). (3) 200 yards, (i) side stroke, or ( ii) over-arm side stroke, or ( iii ) "Trudgen" or double over-arm stroke, or (iv) crawl, or (v) back crawl , or (vi) backstroke with the use of arms and legs (see pp. 132 - 3). (c«i») «/i»To undress on the surface of the water within a circle of approximately 12 feet diameter. (d) To dive correctly from the surface of the water to a depth of at least 6 feet, recover and land an object weighing about 5«i» «/i»lb, in water (see p. 134 ). (e) To dive neatly from two heights - (1) not exceeding 5 feet. (2) 8 to 10 feet. (f) To perform one movement (see pp. 147 to 156) from each of the following sections: «i»Se c tion A «/i»( 1) Sculling , using hands only, head first or feet first - a distance of 30 feet; (2) Two consecutive somersaults, forward or backward; (3) Washing Tub - six complete revolutions in each direction with no pause between; (4) Waterwheel, without the use of the hands - as for No. 3; (5) Canoe -a distance of 30 feet; (6) Fish - a distance of 20 feet underwater; (7) Paddlewheel - a distance of 20 feet underwater; (8) Spinning Top - six complete revolutions in each direction with no pause between. «i»Section B. «/i»(1) Plunge - not less than 35 feet; (2) Imitation of porpoise - rising three times (pushing off from the bottom not permitted); (3) Swimming on the breast, feet first - a distance of 30 feet; (4) Sculling with one leg in the air - a distance of 15 feet; (5) Seal swimming - complete immersion and rising three times; (6) Back somersaults, full length - two consecutively; (7) Oyster - three times. «i»Section C . «/i»(1) Horizontal motionless floating with the body in a straight line and at least the face, chest and toes above the surface of the water, legs straight and together - for a period of 30 seconds; (2) Propeller - a distance of 30 feet; (3) Marching on the surface of the water, using the legs only - a distance of 20 feet; (4) Torpedo - a distance of 20 feet; (5) Revolving on the surface of the water with the body i n a straight line, without the use of hands or feet - 8 revolutions consecutively; (6) Submarine - sinking and rising twice with a total travel of at least 20 feet; (7) Pendulum floating - two complete double swings consecutively; (8) Sculling on the back with two legs in the air - a distance of 10 feet. Candidates have the option of«i» «/i»not more than one minute's rest between each of the six tests, which shall be performed in the order stated. Tests (a), (b) and (c) are to be«b» «/b»performed in correct clothing and tests (d) ,(e) and (f) in swimming costume or drawers. 5. A maximum of 10 marks is allowed for each test or separately numbered part of a test. For a pass, an average of 7 marks is the minimum, provided that no individual mark is less than 5. 6. The granting of the Award is subject to confirmation by the Central Executive.
Newspaper Report
"Houdini of the Water"
23 November 1932 (Age 40 years)

Citation details: Bridlington Free Press Wednesday 23 November 1932, Page 6
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 23 Nov 1932 «b»"HOUDINI OF THE WATER"«/b» «b» Humane Society Recognition for Mr A C Gautier«/b» HIS SIX BRIDLINGTON RESCUES Mr A C Gautier, the well known Bridlington swimmer, has been awarded a testimonial on parchment from the Royal Humane Society, in recognition of his rescue of two young Pocklington brothers who fell into the sea from the wall of Royal Princes Parade last July. It will be remembered that three boys, all brothers, were rescued, the third being brought out of the sea by a Mr Jenson, Doncaster. Mr Gautier has saved about six people from the sea at Bridlington, but this is the first time he has been recognised by the Royal Humane Society. Mr Gautier saved his first life when he was a youth of about seventeen years of age, and that, strangely enough, when he ran away from home. On that occasion he was walking along the beach at Portsmouth, when he saw two brothers bathing, One of them got into difficulties and was being rapidly carried away out to sea. Mr Gautier went in fully clothed and succeeded in bringing him to the shore. Artificial respiration was applied by him successfully, but there was not another soul in sight. During the night he had nowhere to go and it poured with rain, so that already soaked to the skin, Mr Gautier had an unpleasant night for a hero. A WORLD'S RECORD He possesses every certificate and medal of the Royal Lifesaving Society, and has received many letters of congratulation from grateful people he has rescued, and their relations. Two years ago, he set up a world's record by swimming two hours in East Hull Baths with hands and feet manacled, covering a distance of over three miles. At the age of sixteen he took part in the long distance open championship in the river Thames with about twenty-five competitors, and came in fifth - a very creditable performance. Then followed the running away incident which ended in his first rescue. On two occasions he has done the celebrated Castle Foot swim at Scarborough with his hands and feet manacled. Mr Gautier, who has for some years given swimming demonstrations in the sea in view of the North Pier may be refused permission by the Harbour Commissioners next season to use the pier for collecting after his demonstrations. His son Jules V Gautier, is the champion long distance swimmer of Bridlington, and has been awarded recognition by the Humane Society. He rescued three boys from drowning from the harbour some years ago.
Award
Two Royal Humane Society Testimonials on Parchment
30 November 1932 (Age 40 years)
Citation details: Case Number 51423
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Albert Gautier RHS Testimonial
Albert Gautier RHS Testimonial

Note: RHS Case Book Transcript

Newspaper Report
Presentations for Brave Actions
2 December 1932 (Age 40 years)
Citation details: Bridlington Chronicle Friday 2 December 1932
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Transcript of an extract of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle on 2 Dec 1932 «b» BRIDLINGTON TOWN COUNCIL Presentations for Brave Actions «/b»The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday evening............. «b»Heroism Recognised«/b» The Mayor (Councillor Byass) calling upon Mr A C Gautier, presented him with the Royal Humane Society testimonial in recognition of his brave rescue on the north side of three boys who were in imminent danger of drowning. The MAYOR said it was a feat of heroism which would long be remembered in Bridlington. He had met the father of the boys, who, unfortunately, was only employed part-time, and he had asked him to express his thanks to Mr Gautier for saving the lives of his boys. (Applause). The Mayor said they had received a letter from Mr H Jenson, Sheffield who had assisted Mr Gautier to rescue the boys at great peril to himself, and which stated that he could not afford the time to come to Bridlington to receive his testimonial owing to business reasons. The Council had also framed the testimonials. (Applause). A CONSIDERATE POSTMASTER GENERAL The MAYOR said.................................
Newspaper Report
The Times 2 Dec 1932 Page 11
2 December 1932 (Age 40 years)

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Transcript of a report in The Times 2 Dec 1932 Page 11 NEWS IN BRIEF At Bridlington on Wednesday A. Gautier and H. Jenson, who dived off the pier and saved three brothers from drowning last summer, received the Royal Humane Society's parchment;.................
Occupation
Professional Swimmer
16 November 1935 (Age 43 years)

Note: Occupation noted at marriage of son Albert Charles.
Advertisement
Promotional Post Card
5 June 1939 (Age 47 years)

Professor Gautier - Promotional Post Card
Professor Gautier - Promotional Post Card

Note: A post card promoting the baths in Bridlington recovered from a Mrs Henry of Fortyfoot Bridlington.


Professor Gautier - Reverse of the Card
Professor Gautier - Reverse of the Card

Note: The reverse of a post card use to promote the baths in Bridlington. This has been used as a receipt for £2-10s-0d for swimming. The card was recovered from a Mrs Henry of Fortyfoot Bridlington who would have been 15 years old at this time.

Occupation
Swimming Instructor and ARP Warden
29 September 1939 (Age 47 years)

Note: Occupation noted at 1939 Register.
Residence 29 September 1939 (Age 47 years)
Note: Address noted at 1939 Register.
Appointment
Honorary Representative of the Royal Life Saving Society
October 1939 (Age 47 years)

Note: For the District.
Death 30 December 1939 (Age 47 years)
Cause of death: Ulcerative Endocarditis
Newspaper Report
A Well Known Local Swimmer
3 January 1940 (4 days after death)
Citation details: Bridlington Free Press Wednesday 3 January 1940
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 3 January 1940 «b»A WELL KNOWN LOCAL SWIMMER Death of Mr G (sic.) C Gautier«/b» Well known in Bridlington and district, Mr Albert Collard Gautier, of 57 Trinity Road, Bridlington, died in Leeds Infirmary on Saturday night at the age of 47. He had been in failing health for some time. A native of London, Mr Gautier had lived in Bridlington for about twenty years. He was particularly well known as a swimmer and a swimming instructor, having the swimming baths at Bridlington. He gave frequent demonstrations from the north pier, and also at Scarborough. One of his main hobbies was escapology, and in this he performed some remarkable feats. A few years ago at a hospital rag in connection with the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, he was thrown overboard from a yacht in a sack into the harbour, and made his escape. He appeared on a number of occasions as an escapologist in Herman Darewski's programmes. On one occasion he swam round the Castle Foot at Scarborough while handcuffed, and he took part in an endurance test with his hands handcuffed, in the baths at Hull. RESCUED THREE BOYS It will be recalled that Mr Gautier had just given a performance from the steps of north pier when three Pocklington boys got into the water and he rescued them, being assisted by another man. For this action he received a parchment from the Royal Humane Society. He was swimming instructor for the elementary schools, and organised a number of galas in the Spa Boating Lake. He was a member of the National Swimming Instructors Association, and about three months ago was appointed hon. representative for this district of the Royal Life Saving Society. He was a very active member of the Bridlington Sea Angling Festival Committee and was a former member of the Bridlington Rocket Life Saving Brigade. He was also keenly interested in Civil Defence being senior post warden for his district. In the Royal Artillery in the last war, he served in Egypt, India and France. He was wounded four times. In one battle he was one of about 20 men out of 1000 who came back. Mr Gautier's father was also a proficient swimmer. He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter, with whom much sympathy is felt.
Burial 4 January 1940 (5 days after death)
Newspaper Report
A Well Known Bridlington Swimming Instructor
5 January 1940 (6 days after death)
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle on 5 Jan 1940 «b»A Well Known Bridlington Swimming Instructor Death of Mr Albert C Gautier«/b» STAGE APPEARANCES AT THE SPA Mr Albert Collard Gautier, the well known Bridlington swimming instructor, whose remarkable displays have been watched and enjoyed by thousands of holiday-makers each season for many years, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Mr Gautier , who lived at 57 Trinity Road, was 47 years of age. A native of London, he came to reside in Bridlington about twenty years ago. He took over the baths in Queens Square, and over a long period of years he has instructed hundreds of Bridlington people, particularly boys and girls, in the art of swimming - an art at which he himself was so adept. For several years he had been the official instrutor (sic) to the Bridlington Elementary Schools, besides teaching many ther people how to swim. The baths have always been a popular rendezvous for both keen swimmers and keen learners Daily, during the season, except on Sundays, he used to demonstrate his prowess in the sea, with a crowd of some hundreds of holiday makers lining the North Pier and Parade wall. There will be very few Bridligton residents or holiday-makers who have not seen Mr Gautier dive from the Parade steps at the end of the North Pier, with his hands and feet manacled, and then perform numerous tricks and "imitations." He also gave displays at Scarborough for some time. He had some remarkable swimming feats to his credit. On one occasion he swam around the Castle foot, Scarborough, with his hands and feet manacled, and on the occasion of a Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club "rag" for the Lloyd Hospital a few years ago, he was thrown into the harbour after having been tied up in a sack. Handcuffed he took part in an endurance test at Hull Baths some time ago. He was a keen student of magic, being a member of the Magicians Club and, as an escapologist, he had frequently appeared in Herman Darewski's concerts at the Spa Royal Hall. He baffled the audience with his tricks. One of his best tricks was to invite men from the audience to manacle him, after they had inspected the handcuffs - on one occasion an ex constable used his own handcuffs - and then tie him up in a sack which was fastened with a lock and chain, again after being closely examined. Within a few seconds he was able to escape. He had an excellent record of life saving, and only a few years ago he was awarded the parchment of the Royal Humane Society for rescuing three Pocklington boys from the sea. The boys were walking along a ledge on the Parade wall when they slipped and all fell in. Mr Gautier had just finished a display at that time and immediately discarded his coat and dived from the wall. With the assistance of another man all the boys were brought to safety. He was a member of the National Swimming Instructors Association, and only recently was appointed honorary representative of the Royal Life Saving Society for this district. He was formerly a member of the Bridlington Rocket Life-saving Brigade. Mr Gautier also took a great interest in fishing, being an enthusiastic member of the committees of both the Bridlington Fishing Festival and the local Sea Angling Association. At the annual Fishing Festivals he was usually one of the officials on duty at the weigh-in. When Civil Defence first came into being, he immediately enrolled as an Air Raid Warden and became Senior Post Warden in the Quay North district. During the Great War he served with the Royal Artillery in France, Egypt and India, and was wounded four times. Mr Gautier's father was also a well known swimmer, with many remarkable achievements to his credit. Mr Gautier had been ill some considerable time, and he died in Leeds Infirmary. He leaves a widow, three sons and a daughter. THE INTERMENT The funeral took place yesterday, the interment at the Bridlington Cemetery being conducted by the Reverend Frederick Matthews. Members of the Bridlington Rocket Life-saving Company formed a guard of honour as the coffin, draped in a Union Jack, was carried to the Cemetery Church. The chief mourners were: Mrs Gautier, widow; Mr Jules Victor Gautier, son; Mr and Mrs A C Gautier, son and daughter-in-law; Miss C P Gautier, daughter; Mrs Lugg, sister-in-law; Mr F J Wilkinson (Captain of the Rocket Company) and Mrs Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs F N Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs G Anderson; Mr C H Gray and Mr Hakeney (Hull). Amongst those present were: Mr A E Gray, Mr H Allison, Mr R Brown, Mr T Linford, Mr L Dench, Mr M Knaggs and Mr B Burton members of the Rocket Company); Alderman E Lambert CBE (President), Mr A Hurd and Mr W Jordison (representing the Bridlington Fishing Festival Committee); Mr C Manton Baron (representing the Bridlington Education Authority) and Mr F S Wood (Schools Attendance Officer); Superintendent E Hinds (representing Mr R D Lemon Chief Constable of the East Riding and County Chief Air Raid Warden); Inspector Wilson and Sergeant Berry (representing the East Riding Constabulary); Mr W H Stokehill (representing Mr C S Graham, Bridlington ARP Officer); Mr H Sharpe, Mr A Wiseman, Mr R W Simpson, Mrs Stacey, Miss Hawksley, Mr J Chadwick, Mr F A Samways, Mr Watson, Mr Allcock, Mr Murgatroyd, Mr A J H Townsend, Mr A Sherwood and Mr W J Squire. The floral tributes included those from: His sorrowing wife Claire; Jules; Albert and Miriam (Hull); Claire and Reg; Rose and Tom (London); Brother Jules, Queenie and Marguerite; Aunt Emma Hobbs (Holsworthy, Cornwall); Aunt Selina and Uncle (Holsworthy, Cornwall); Aunt Hettie and Uncle Fred and family; Aunt Kathleen and Family; Mr and Mrs G Anderson and Eileen; Staff of the Balloon Stores; Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom; Mr Hakeney (Hull); Mr E G Hinson (Hull); Mr and Mrs R W Simpson; Mr A Wiseman; Mr and Mrs J Baron and Violet; Mr and Mrs Webster and family; County Chief Air Raid Warden and members of the East Riding Constabulary; Chairman and members of the Air Raid Precautions Committee; Mrs Sid Shaw; Mr and Mrs Carvill and Michael; Mr and Mrs Manton Baron; Mr and Mrs Orton and Barbara; Mr and Mrs F N Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs F J Wilkinson; President and members of the Fishing Festival Committee; Bridlington Rocket Company; Mr and Mrs Stacey and the girls of the Oberon Cafe.
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Marriage: 26 March 1883Islington Register Office, Islingon, London, England
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Birth: 19 June 1883 26 2286 Westbourne Road
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Address at 1901 census aged 9
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Date of admission.
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Address recorded on entry to Cottenham Road School.
Education
Date of leaving. Removed.
Feat
Albert is third from the left in the flat cap. This picture was taken near London Bridge which is behind the camera. The warehouse in the background, Pickfords Wharf, near the railway bridge is still there so gives a definitive location for the photo.
Occupation
Occupation at birth of Albert.
Residence
Address at birth of Albert
Portrait
Taken at someone's wedding in Newport, Wales.
Residence
Address quoted on a requisition for a certificate of birth
Military
The 2nd Cameron Highlanders went to India from China in 1909. They were at Bangalore until 1913, when they moved to Poona. At the start of WW1 they went back to England before being sent to France. The picture shows Albert (standing) in the tropical dress uniform of the QO Cameron Highlanders. This portrait was taken in Bangalore.
Military
From Albert's Medal Card, the Theatre of War first entered was (3) ie. Egypt. Albert embarked on SS Torilla on this date at Bombay with the Royal Field Artillery 10th Brigade which came under the command of the 6th (Poona) Division. The Torilla was a 5205 grt passenger/cargo steamer built in 1911 by Palmers' SB. & Iron Co., Ltd., Newcastle for British India Steam Navigation Co., Ltd., Glasgow. Official Number: 12958.
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With 6th (Poonah Division) disembarked at Saihan in Mesopotamia (now Iraq).
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The British occupied the city of Basra against a force of Ottoman soldiers of the Iraq Area Command commanded by Suphi Bey, the Governor of Basra. The Ottoman troops ran after a short fight, abandoning Basra and retreated farther up the river. The British occupied Basra and established order in the town
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After capturing Basra the British then continued their advance, and at the Battle of Qurna they succeeded in capturing Subhi Bey and 1,000 of his Ottoman troops. That gave the British a very strong position and ensured that Basra and the oilfields would be protected from an Ottoman advance. This secured British oil supplies in the Middle East. This oil field supplied most of the Royal Navy's fuel. The main Ottoman army, under the overall command of Khalil Pasha was located 275 miles north-west around Baghdad. They made only weak efforts to dislodge the British.
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In due course the Turks initiated an offensive with simultaneous preliminary bombardments of Shaiba and Qurna on 11 April 1915. In the latter case the bombardment of the British 6th (Poona) Division progressed for three days while periodic attempts at piercing the town's defences were unsuccessfully attempted; eventually a counter-attack by the 2nd Dorsets and 24th Punjabis routed the Turks with heavy losses. It was during these attacks that Albert was wounded severely in the arms and legs by shrapnel. He was returned to England. If it had not been for this he would have undoubtedly entered Kut with the ill fated Townshend whose army suffered so terribly at the hands of the Turks.
Marriage
Marriage at St Saviours Church, Hanley Road, Crouch Hill, Islngton by the Curate, F H Farthing and witnessed by Charley Dayman and Thomas Freeman Lugg. At this time their eldest son, Albert Charles, would have been almost 5 years old.
Occupation
Occupation noted at marriage to Clara
Portrait
Albert in the uniform of the Royal Field Artillery. The sleeve chevrons indicate 6 years good conduct.
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Albert In Royal Field Artillery uniform. The sleeve chevrons indicate at least 5 years good conduct. The vertical stripe under the chevrons is a wound stripe indicating that he has been wounded in action. He was a driver ie. a driver of horses pulling the guns, hence the spurs on his boots. Also included here are Albert's souvenir photos of his time in the RFA.
Military Award
Albert wearing his medals, his Medal Card and some further details.
Occupation
Click for more on the history of the Baths in Bridlington http://www.gautier.me.uk/baths.html
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Albert gave daily swimming exhibitions and feats of escapology from the North Pier at Bridlington. Here is a series of photos taken in 1921.
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Transcript from the Bridlington Free Press, Saturday July 9th 1921 «b»SWIMMING AT BRIDLINGTON«/b» MANY BOYS BEING INSTRUCTED AT THE BATHS Members of the Bridlington Education Committee have received an interesting report from Mr F G Frankish, the organising teacher of physical training, on the results of the swimming instruction given during the last month to the senior boys of the elementary schools under the authority. He states that arrangements were made with the proprietors of the Royal Baths for the use of the swimming bath for two mornings each week from 10am to 12 noon, and it was hoped to begin lessons in swimming on the 3rd May, but owing to the low temperature of the water and the shortage of fuel available for heating purposes, the start was postponed till the 26 May. Previous to this date classes were given instruction and practice in land drill, with the object of enabling the pupils to perform automatically the movements of the breast stroke with correct timing and breathing before making their first efforts in the water, when owing to mental stress brain direction is difficult. These exercises were practiced in the school playgrounds, thus avoiding some preliminary visits to the baths, with consequent saving of time, and the boys most proficient in land drill were the ones selected to form the swimming classes. Each class consists of 20 boys and is allowed 40 minutes at the baths. Swimming is not a compulsory part of physical training. Each boy wishing to go to the baths must present to his headmaster a form duly signed by the parent or guardian and giving his or her consent. Any boy with whom bathing does not appear to agree is withdrawn and his place is taken by another, as at present there are many more aspirants than there are places. Among the 120 boys who visited the baths in the first week not more than five or six were able to swim even a few strokes. Now there are between 20 or 30 able to swim across the bath. «b»Professor Gautier, the present proprietor of the baths, has given a number of watch chains to be awarded to boys who are able to swim a length.«/b» Already 13 boys had been presented with these awards and a good number of others show promise of becoming entitled to these highly valued marks of proficiency at an early date. The cleanliness of the bath left nothing to be desired. There is ample dressing accomodation, and a foot bath is always provided. All boys are inspected before entering the water, and so far there has been no occasion to find fault with their personal cleanliness. The majority appear to have their bath night immediately preceeding the day for swimming. The classes from Oxford Street School are accompanied by their teachers, Messrs. Appleby, Whittaker and Smith, and those from the Burlington and Hilderthorpe Schools by Mr A Hardwick and Mr Woodhouse respectively. "The assistance and encouragement given by these gentlemen is much appreciated by the boys and me." adds Mr Frankish, who urges a visit to the baths at any time from any member or official of the Education Committee.
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Transcript from The Chronicle dated September 23rd, 1921 «b»THE SCHOOL SWIMMING CLASSES«/b» Dr Hutchinson Presents a Challenge Shield The boys of the three elementary schools (top classes) of the town, have greatly benefited by the swimming classes which are held in the «b»Royal Swimming Baths, Queens Square (Professor Gautier's). Mr Gautier promised a neat watch chain to each boy who became able to swim a length of the bath, and of the 120 boys 44 have already won a chain. «/b»Out of 120 boys in May, when the classes were started, only 3 or 4 could swim a little - now more than the boys can swimm, and several of them, sevaral times the length of the bath. It is very creditable to the physical training teacher Mr F G Frankish, who takes a great interest in the boys. Yesterday classes were at the baths from each of the schools, the teachers accompanying them including Mr F F Millner, Hilderthorpe School. The Hutchinson Swimming Shield Mr Frankish informed a "Chronicle" representative, yesterday that the first schools' swimming sports will be held at the Royal Baths on October 1st, and will be open to all the boys who have attended the swimming classes. The big event of the day will be the team race for the "Hutchinson Challenge Shield" (4 in a team). Dr Hutchinson, who takes a great interest in the swimming classes has kindly promised to provide a challenge shield, and the order has been placed with Messrs. F and G Lowson. Other events will include a three lengths championship race, for «b»a championship medal presented by Professor Gautier«/b»; two lengths race (any style); one length breast stroke; one length back stroke race; diving competition (neatest dive from diving board and edge of bath); one length novices race, any style (open to competitors who have not won a prize). The boys should note that entries close on Thursday next.
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Albert was a member of the Bridlington Fishing Festival Committee. The Sea Angling Festival was an annual event at Bridlington. It was run late in the summer season in an attempt to extend the tourist attractions of the town.
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Transcript of a report from the Bridlington Free Press 30 September 1922 «b»JUVENILE SWIMMING GALA AT BRIDLINGTON «/b» An interested company attended the Royal Baths, Bridlington on Saturday, when the second annual swimming gala for scholars attending the Borough Council Schools was held. Amongst those present were Ald. and Mrs Mainprize, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Dr and Mrs Holmes Field, Miss Wilstonhulme (physical training instructress to the East Riding County Council), Mr Palmer (headmaster of the Burlington School), Mr J H Amery (headmaster of the Hilderthorpe School), and Mr Frankish (physical training organiser to the local Education Authority). The winners of the various events were as follows:- One Length Breast Stroke - 1 J Johnson (Burlington School); 2 W Gee (Hiderthorpe School); 3 Eric Rowntree (Oxford Street School). Squadron Race for the Hutchinson Shield. Won by the Oxford Street School. Team W Dayes (Capt.), J Newby, B Simpson and Edward Rowtree. Two Lengths Breast Stroke - 1 W Dayes (Oxford Street School); 2 H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe School); 3 S Abel (Oxford Street School); 4 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School). Two Lengths Any Style - 1 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School); 2 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School); 3 H Copp (Oxford Street School). One Length Breast Stroke and One Length Back Stroke - 1 G Clark (Hilderthorpe School); 2 J Wood (Oxford Street School); 3 W Gee (Hilderthorpe School); 4 J Cable (Hilderthorpe School). Three Lengths Championship Race - 1 C Kilvington (Hilderthorpe School); 2 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School); 3 J Newby (Oxford Street School). Diving Competition - 1 W Creaser (Oxford Street School); 2 J Newby (Oxford Street School); 3 H Ezard (Oxford Street School); 4 W Shippey (Hilderthorpe School). One Length Consolation Race - 1 E Padden (Oxford Street School); 2 L Robinson (Hilderthorpe School); 3 L Mainprize (Hilderthorpe School); 4 C Spencer (Burlington School); 5 S Martin (Hilderthorpe School). «b»At the conclusion of the sports, Professor Gautier gave an interesting exhibition of scientific swimming and later, together with Mr Frankish gave an exhibition of life saving. «/b»The prizes were later presented in the Hilderthorpe School. Ald. Mainprize, who presided, said they had had a splendid afternoon and it had been a real treat. All boys , he said, ought to be able to swim, and he hoped it would not be long before the girls at the schools also would be able to learn to swim. Mr Frankish stated that about 120 boys attended the swimming baths and spent about a quarter of an hour each week there. Each boy could attend 13 lessons if he were never absent or late. «b»Forty-nine boys last year had been presented with watch chains by Professor Gautier when they could swim one length, whilst 30 boys had received chains this year. «/b»Mr Palmer and Mr A E Gray spoke of the competence of the art of swimming and Mrs J V Mainprize then presented the prizes to the winners, Dr Holmes Field handing the Hutchinson Shield to the captainn of the Oxford Street team. Mr Frankish heartily thanked Mrs Mainprize for presenting the prizes and also the donors of the prizes. The following ladies and gentlemen gave prizes for the gala:- Ald. Mainprize, Ald. Grimshaw, Ald. Turner, Councillor Hermon, Councillor Holmes, Councillor A Wilkinson, Councillor Murphy, Councillor Storr, Councillor Limon, Councillor Gray, Mr H Shaw, Mrs G Hardwick, Nurse Laws, Miss Stuart, Mrs Bottomley, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Mr Whittington, Mr E Neal, Mr F Wilkinson, «b»Professor Gautier«/b», Capt. Beckett, Mr E Nightingale, Mrs Patterson, Mrs Frankish, Mr A E Gray, Mr Horspool, Mr O Sutcliffe, Dr Hutchinson and Capt. Charlesworth.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle 26 January 1923 «b»THE BRIDLINGTON SEA ANGLING COMMITTEE«/b» Festival Week 17th to 22rd September A meeting of the Bridlington Sea Angling Committee was held in the Waterloo Café, Garrison Street, Bridlington, on Tuesday evening, Counciller E Lambert presiding. Others present included Mr Geo Anderson, Mr A Cubitt, «b»Mr A Gautier«/b», Mr W Gosnay, Mr H Harrison, Mr B Hutton, Mr B Hurd, Mr G W Jordison, Mr J Lawton, Mr T Linford, Mr T Longbottom, Mr L Moss, Mr A H Murphy, Mr F Wilkinson and the hon. secretary, Mr A E Collins. Councillor E LAMBERT said the meeting had been called in order to get the festival into form for this year. The first question was, were they going to hold a festival this year? On the proposition of Mr CUBITT, seconded by Mr LAWTON, it was unanimously decided to hold the Fishing Festival. THE COMMITTEE Mr JORDISON proposed and Mr HARRISON seconded, that last year's committee consisting of Mr Geo Anderson, Mr N Bailey, Mr J Carlton, Mr A Cooper, Mr A Cubitt, «b»Mr A Gautier«/b», Mr W Gosnay, Mr F Green, Mr H Harrison, Councillor J Hermon, Mr R Hutton, Mr B Hurd, Mr G W Jordison, Mr J Lawton, Mr T Linford, Mr T Longbottom, Mr H Messenger, Mr L Moss, Mr A H Murphy, Mr C H Nicholls, Mr R Purvis and Mr J G Tooth, should be re-elected, with powers to add to their number. Mr LAWTON proposed and Mr HURD seconded, that the following officers should be re-elected:- President Councillor E Lambert; chairman Mr Fred Wilkinson; deputy chairman Councillor C H Gray; hon. treasurer Mr W W Burton; hon. secretary Mr A E Collins. CUPS TO BE WON OUTRIGHT Mr LAWTON proposed that there should be six cups for competition to be won outright, in addition to the five challenge cups to be competed for viz., the Corporation Cup, "Yorkshire Evening News" Cup, "Snaps" Trophy, " Blue Bird" Café Challenge Trophy, and the Presidents Challenge Cup. FESTIVAL DATE Mr CUBITT proposed, and Mr HARRISON seconded, that the date of this years festival be from 17th to 22nd September.-Carried. CARNIVAL WEEK Mr CUBITT proposed, and «b»Mr GAUTIER«/b» seconded, that the fishing competition for the "Blue Bird" Challenge Cup (the present holder of which is Mr A L B Cross, 19 Tennyson Avenue, Bridlington) be held on the Thursday in the Business Mens' Carnival week. It was decided that as many members as possible should attend the meeting of the Lily Sea Angling Association which takes place tonight at the Stirling Castle Hotel, with a view, if possible, to co-operation.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 6 October 1923 «b» SWIMMING PROGRESS AT BRIDLINGTON The Annual School Competition«/b» SHIELD WON BY HILDERTHORPE SCHOOL The third annual swimming competitions in connection with the Bridlington Elementary Schools were held at the local Baths on Saturday evening before a large company of interested spectators, amongst whom were the Mayor and Mayoress, Ald.Turner, Mr G G O Sutcliffe, Dr Hutchinson, Mrs Horspool, Mr A E Wilkinson, Mr J Storr, Mr Loader, Mr F Wilkinson, Mr Gosnay and Mr R Newton. All the events were keenly contested, some very fine swimming being witnessed, reflecting great credit on the instructor Mr F G Frankish. The distribution of prizes took place at the Hilderthorpe Schools following the competition. Ald. Turner presided, and swimming in Bridlington today had progressed, but had not attained the position he hoped it would come up to. He felt quite sure that they would have continued success if they crried out the same instructions as previously under the same instructor. If any of the boys fell overboard he felt sure they would know what to do and how to get to shore. Referring to the recent sad bathing fatality at Bridlington, the Chairman said many people who knew how to swim sometimes lost self-confidence. He wanted the boys, if they fell overboard, to say to themselves, " I am going to swim straight to shore." They should get the confidence and swim straight forward, the same as in life. When they had made up their minds as regards a worthy object they should never give up. Alderman Turner spoke of the gratitude of the children to the donors of prizes. Concluding, he said that he had heard that Hilderthorpe boys had once more won the Swimming Shield. (Applause.) He was very pleased they had secured it once more. He hoped and trusted they would endeavour to keep the Shield and felt certain if they followed the instructions given them by Mr Frankish they would never lose it. REPORT BY MR FRANKISH Submitting a short report Mr Frankish stated that ever since the swimming classes had commenced«b» Mr Gautier«/b» had promised to give a watch chain to each boy who could swim a length. This gentleman had not told him yet where he got them from, but his supply seemed to be unlimited. This year he he had the pleasure of giving away fifty-one watch chains. Last year the number presented was 31. Proceeding, Mr Frankish explained that the Education committee also made awards. When a boy was able to swim one length breast stroke and the same back stroke he was given a third class certificate. When he was able to do the same without the use of his hands and turn a somersault from the side of the bath he got a second class certificate. Then for A FIRST CLASS CERTIFICATE he had to do the previous operations, dive five feet, carry a tired swimmer one length and perform a trick. This year they had given 27 third class certificates against 24 last year, 31 second class certificates against 8 and 18 first class certificates against 4. (Applause.) The first four boys to gain first class certificates thought themselves wonderful. There were eighteen wonderful boys this year. (Applause and laughter.) Between 130 and 140 boys had received instruction. A good many could swim across the bath. In continuation, Mr Frankish spoke of the ability to swim as a very valuable acquisition and a great factor in the formation of character. Some boys, he said, clung to the bath side rails in first learning to swim, and would not release their hold without a good deal of persuasion. The fear of the water was a natural one. If, however, they had the necessary grit and determination they learnt to swim. PRESENTATION OF SHIELD The Chairman then introduced Dr Hutchinson, whom, he said, was very found of sport. Dr Hutchinson handed the Challenge Sheild to the Hilderthorpe team, comprising Stanley Martin, Harry Wilkin, «b»Albert «i»(Charles)«/i» Gautier«/b» and Leonard Askham, and mentioned they had just won it by one second. He thought that there was very great credit due to the boys for bringing it back to their school. Mr Frankish announced that the runners up were Oxford Street boys, namely, Weldon, Stacey, Ezard and Whiting, who, through the kindness of Dr Hutchinson were each to be presented with a beautiful knife. Mr J H Amery, headmaster of the Hilderthorpe (Bridlington) School, said he was very pleased that the winning of the Sheild had not been left to the headmaster of his school, for if it had been , he was sure it would not have come there. He was very proud of his four school representatives. They had had the misfortune to lose the services of one of their best swimmers, who had broken a wrist on the football field. Still, after very hard work they had been able to win the Shield, he being sure that one second was a very important one in the history of their school. He had to propose, and with very great pleasure too, a vote of thanks to Dr Hutchinson, the generous donor of their trophy two years ago. The competition had created a great deal of excitement, and rightly so. He had also to propose a vote of thanks to Mr Fred Wilkinson, so well known for his generosity, who had given them four medals to go with the Shield. (Applause.) Seconding the motion, which was cordially carried, Mr J Whiteside, headmaster of the Oxford Street Schools, he and his boys would be very disappointed not to find the Shield in its usual place on Monday. They were glad, however, that Hilderthorpe had not suffered through the loss of their swimmer who broke his wrist. He (Mr Whiteside) felt very sorry for him, that night, He did not know if there was a special prize for him. Continuing, Mr Whiteside expressed his delight at seeing Burlington School in the competition, and said he would not be surprised if this school came along next year and disappointed the other two. Mrs Mainprize distributed the prizes, a special award being given to Leslie Robson the unfortunate Hilderthorpe boy. The Chairman then expressed his thanks to Mrs Mainprize for her services, to Messrs. R Newton and «b»A C Gautier«/b» (the judges), Mr Sigsworth who loaned ladders, the donors of the prizes, and Messrs. Snow and Milner who made certain arrangements in connection with the event. The happy function thenconcluded with a vote of thanks to the Chairman who ably responded. THE WINNERS The following were the winners of the various events:- One Length Breast Stroke - Heat 1; Welburn (Oxford Street), Heat 2; «b»A Gautier«/b» (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3; Herbert Martin (Hilderthorpe), Heat 4; Ben Crawford (Hilderthorpe). Final 1 Crawford; 2 «b»Gautier«/b»; 3 Welburn; 4 Martin. Hutchinson Challenge Sheild. 1 Hilderthorpe School; 2 Oxford Street School; 3 Burlington School. Won by two feet, a yard between 2nd and 3rd. Two Lengths Any Style. Heat 1; 1 Spencer (Burlington), 2 «b»Albert Gautier«/b» (Hilderthorpe), 3 Leonard Askham (Hilderthorpe). Heat 2 Stanley Martin (Hilderthorpe). Final; 1 Martin, 2 «b»Gautier«/b», 3 Askham. One Length Breast Stroke, One Length Back Stroke. Heat 1; C Spencer (Burlington), Heat 2; H Short (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3; W Gee (Hilderthorpe), Heat 4; H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe). Final; 1 Wilkin, 2 Gee, 3 Short, 4 Spencer. Three Lengths Championship. Heat 1; 1 H Ross (Burlington), 2 G Whiting Oxford Street), Heat 2; 1 L Askham, 2 «b»A Gautier«/b», Final 1 Ross, 2 Whiting, 3 Askham, 4 «b»Gautier«/b». Diving. 1 T Welburn (Oxford Street), 2 H Ezard (Oxford Street), 3 J Colley (Oxford Street), 4 G Asquith (Hilderthorpe), 5 Hodgson (Hilderthorpe), 6 H Martin (Hilderthorpe). Two Lengths Fully Dressed. Heat 1 B Crawford (Hilderthorpe), Heat 2 H Wilkin (Hilderthorpe), Heat 3 H Martin (Hilderthorpe). Tired Swimmers Race. Heat 1 W Gee and Ben Crawford (Hilderthorpe), Heat 2 Clifford Spencer and Harry Ross (Burlington), Heat 3 Henry Wilkin and Harry Short (Hilderthorpe). Final 1 Wilkin and Short, 2 Gee and Crawford, 3 Spencer and Ross. Consolation Race One Length. 1 B (Oxford Street), 2 J Tate (Hilderthorpe), 3 J Webster (Oxford Street), 4 J S (Hilderthorpe).
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press 28 June 1924 «b»ROCKET LIFE SAVING COMPANY An Inspection at Bridlington«/b» AN INTERESTING PRESENTATION The annual inspection of the Bridlington Rocket Life-Saving Company took place on the cliffs at Belvedere last Thursday afternoon. The weather was beautifully fine and led to many people walking along the sands to witness the event. Commander Gregory, Inspector for this Division, who was accompanied by Divisional Officer G Croucher, viewed operations, and gave orders which were smartly carried out by the following men under the command of Captain F Wilkinson:- Messrs. A E Wilkinson (No.1), H Messenger, G Anderson, T Longbottom, T Lenford, T Cawthorne, W Howe, R Brown, RD Turner, R Shillito, D McPherson, W Siddall, «b»A C Gautier«/b», W Carr, A Miles, A E Gray, G Lavender and S Tranmer. Commander Gregory first inspected the company, and expressed his pleasure at seeing them. He had, he said, heard a good deal about the Bridlington Company, but had not met them before, owing to their inability to secure a practice ground. The party were then given the word "Action," and fired a rocket to which a line was attached. Station Officer Head, Coastguards Healy and Hastings, who along with the Mayor of Bridlington had taken up a position on the sands representing a shipwrecked party, quickly fixed a whip and hawser to a stationary mast. Coastguard Healy was hauled up to cliff top in the breeches buoy, and immediately became the subject of first aid drill. At the conclusion of the inspection , Commander Gregory congratulated the Bridlington Comany on their display, stating that he greatly appreciated seeing such willing work done in such a smart way. FORTY YEARS' NAVAL SERVICE He then announced that he had a pleasing presentation to make on behalf of the company to former Chief Station Officer Palmer, who recently retired after 40 years' service in the Royal Navy. Handing Mr Palmer a case of pipes, Commander Gregory said he was doubly pleased to make the presentation because it was an indication of the good spirit prevailing between the Coastguards and the Royal(sic.) Life Saving Company. Mr Palmer, who was two years chief station officer at Bridlington, and is spending his retirement in the town, thanked the Bridlington Rocket Life-Saving Company for their gift, and stated that during the whole time he was at the local station he had always found the company willing and ready to do whatever they possibly could and always cheerfully. He Had come into contact with several companies and could honestly say that the Bridlington one was the best he had ever served with.He Had felt highly honoured to command it. (Applause.) Mr Palmer served in Ireland before coming to Bridlington. He has been once round the world and almost two-thirds of the way round it again.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press 28 August 1923 together with some photos taken around this period at Bridlington and Scarborough. «b»"REMARKABLE SWIMMING FEATS" Professor Gautier's Interesting Career" «/b» "One of the attractions of the Bridlington Sea Front to visitors during the past week has been provided by Professor A C Gautier, proprietor of the Royal Baths, who has daily given clever performances from the North Pier. He is a swimmer of unusual merit, and his exhibitions have included motionless floating, swimming with the hands and feet manacled, swimming with the legs shackled, the backward crawl stroke, and imitations of a duck and a porpoise. As a last act he swims deprived of the use of the limbs, with his arms bound behind his back with thirty yards of rope. His feet, too, are bound and in deep water he releases himself. Mr Gautier has been in Bridlington six years and during that time he has taught upwards of 200 adults and children to swim each year. He commenced his swimming career at the age of six, when he travelled the music halls with his father and did a glass tank turn. At the age of 15 he entered the Long Distance Championship of England Race and covered the five mile course from Richmond to Putney in 70 minutes. Although he was the youngest competitor to enter such a race on the Thames up to or since that time, Mr Gautier finished fifth. The same year he won the Southern Counties Mile Competition and the Championship of Ramsgate and Harringay. He also holds two medals and certificates for life saving. Mr Gautier afterwards took more to trick swimming, and before he received injuries in the great war he used to dive 80 feet with his arms and feet shackled. During 1914 he was touring in India with a troupe of swimmers, and covered four miles of the Mula River near Paona (sic), with his hands and feet manacled in one hour and 35 minutes. The following day , when some Tommies were were watering their horses near the spot Mr Gautier had swum over, one of the animals was ATTACKED BY A CROCODILE So bad were the injuries received that the horse was afterwards destroyed. Late in 1914 Mr Gautier joined his Majesty's Forces in India and saw service in Mesopotamia. He participated at the taking of Basra, but in April 1915 he was severely wounded in the legs and arms by shrapnel fire. Thirteen months later a piece of shell which had penetrated his thigh, was extracted in England. So serious were the wounds received by Mr Gautier in France that he was still in hospital when peace was declared. He has, however, made a remarkable recovery, and in addition to displays at Bridlington, he has given similar exhibitions at Scarborough Bathing Pool during the past season."
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle Sept 1926 «b»A C GAUTIER AND THE CHANNEL SWIM«/b» Professor A. Gautier, the well known local swimmer, has interested himself in a challenge made by a London paper, offering £1000 to the first British born subject to swim the Channel, beating Miss Ederle's time of 14.5 hours. Mr Gautier thinks the reason why very few British swimmers make the attempt is on account of the expenses incurred which amount to between £100 and £200. If it were not for the matter of expense, Mr Gautier would be quite willing to make the attempt. He has had much experience in long distance swimming, one of his feats being that of swimming in the Thames, under all the bridges of London, a distance of 17 miles, with his hands and feet manacled. When only 16 years of age, he entered for the long distance championship of England, and finished fifth. He was the youngest competitor who has ever entered for the race. Last evening, Mr Gautier gave an exhibition of trick swimming and diving, at the Kingston Swimming Club Gala held at the Beverley Road Baths, Hull.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle 13 June 1930 «b»Opening of the Spa Swimming Lake SUCCESSFUL GALA AND SPORTS«/b» KEEN COMPETITION FOR THE FOREMAN CHALLENGE CUPS Under the auspices of the Bridlington Mixed Swimming and Sports Club, on Whit Monday, the New Spa Lake was opened by a water carnival and aquatic sports, which were attended by a large number of people. In the afternoon , swimming competitions for boys and girls attending Bridlngton Council Schools were held. The chief events being races for two handsome silver cups, presented to the club by Councillor J W and Mrs Foreman. The races which were over a distance of 35 yards (boys) and 25 yards (girls) were very exciting and were won by J V Gautier (boys) and Elsie Summerscales (girls), after exciting races. Mr T R Jemison was the starter, and Mr «b»A Gautier«/b» the judge. The following were the results:- Foreman Challenge Cup (boys) 35yards: 1 J V Gautier; 2 A Gee; 3 H Shippey. Foreman Challenge Cup (girls) 25 Yards: 1 Elsie Summerscales; 2 Doris Johns; 3 Lily Clark. Paddle Boat Race: 1 H Shippey and J Morris; 2 E Wood and J V Gautier; 3 J Barlow and A Gee. Cock Fighting: 1 H Shippey; 2 B Crawford; 3 J Ellis; 4 A Coleman. Greasy Pole: 1 C Woods. Riding the Duck: 1 H Shippey; 2 C Woods. The prizes were afterwards presented by Mrs Foreman.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 23 Nov 1930 «b»Attempt to Swim Manacled for Two Hours«/b» Professor A C Gautier, proprietor of the local public baths and swimming instructor to the Borough Education Authority, called at the "Free Press" office on Thursday and imparted the interesting information that he has undertaken to attempt to swim manacled for two hours at the East Hull Baths. The manacles will be fixed by the Lord Mayor of Hull, and should the feat be accomplished, the worlds record for manacled swimming will have been broken by Mr Gautier, who for a number of years has given performances in the sea at Bridlington. He has also given exhibitions at Peasholm Park and the Bathing Pool at Scarborough, and he has twice swum around the foot of the castle there with his hands and feet manacled.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 20 Dec 1930 «b» Bridlington Swimmers Fine Feat Record Created by Professor Gautier«/b» By covering one and a quarter miles in two hours with his hands and ankles bound by strong leather shackles at the East Hull Baths on Monday night, Professor A C Gautier, of Bridlington, has attained his ambition of setting up a world record for manacled swimming. The manacles were secured by Councillor Nicholson, a member of the Hull Corporation Baths Committee, and Professor Gautier more than performed the feat which he desired to do for he swam manacled for about two and three quarter miles. He was obliged to be on the move all the time he was in the water, as floating was barred; and he averaged eighteen strokes per length of the bath. He swam a quarter of a mile each ten minutes during the opening stages, and in the last few minutes he increased that speed. At the completion of his self imposed task, the "Houdini of the Water", as Professor Gautier has been described, climbed unaided from the bath.
Leisure
Taken around 1930. Albert Gautier, son Jules and others on Bridlington beach in what appears to be a training session.
Portrait
The committee in about 1931. Albert is in the jazzy jumper.
Award
Confirmed in the RLSS Awards Record of 1932 on page 242 under the heading "Bath Attendants" Albert's name is recorded alongside that of his son Jules who achieved the award at the same time. The extract below, from the RLSS 1932 Handbook gives an idea of what was required to achieve the award. «b»THE BRONZE MEDALLION«/b» CONDITIONS OF EXAMINATION The Medallion, with the name and date engraved on the back, will be granted to those who become entitled to it under the following conditions: - 1. Candidates must be over 14 years of age and have passed for the Intermediate (or Proficiency) Certificate or fulfil all the conditions of that Award by entering for the Intermediate Certificate, and being examined in (f) of those conditions at the same time as they are examined for the Medallion. 2. The examination shall be certified by two Examiners appointed by the Society or agreed to by responsible officials of the Society. In the event of an official of the Society or a member of the Society's panel of Examiners being appointed to conduct the examination, then one Examiner shall be sufficient. 3. An examination fee of 2/- shall be paid by each candidate. (When the Intermediate Certificate and theBronze Medallion are taken under one examination the fee for both Awards must be paid and separate forms filled in. Candidates passing the Bronze Medallion Test together with test (f) of Intermediate Certificate conditions will receive both awards.) 4. The tests shall comprise all of the following: Land (a) Rescue Drills (shortened form, see p. 115). (b) Release Drill (shortened form, see p. 116 ). (c) Drill for the Schafer Method of Resuscitation and for the promotion of circulation. (d) Questions on the reasons for and value of each detail of the grips demonstrated in (a) and (b) and on the general physiological effect of each movement made in (c). (e) Questions to test the knowledge of all the information up to p.114 of the Handbook. Water (f) The drills for (i) First Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (ii) theSecond Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (iii) the Third Methods of Release and Rescue combined, (i v) the Fourth Method of Rescue; the subject in each case being carried a distance of 20 yards (exclusive of the turn - Fourth Method). (See p p. 50 to 5 9) (g) Execute a surface dive and recover with both hands an object from 6 feet of water (with a minimum of 5 feet, but if less than 6 feet is absolutely necessary a note on the examination form with reasons must be given), and bring it to land by the First Method of rescue. The initial stroke of the dive must be sufficiently correct and powerful to carry the candidate without any further swimming movement of the legs, down the full depth (see p. 1 34). The return upward is to be (when practicable) by a push off with the feet from the bottom. If the surface dive, recovery of the object and landing are not satisfactory on the first attempt then the surface dive, recovery and landing must be satisfactory three times in the next three attempts. (Note. Knowledge of candidates as required by sections (d) and (e) shall be tested by at least six quest ions of the scope and type indicated on p p. 179 to 182. Answers must be precise and indicate an appreciation of the practical and physiological side of the work.) 5. Candidates failing in any one of the tests (a) to (g) of Condition 4 must be returned as inefficient and shall forfeit the examination fee (subject to paragraphs 14 and 15 of the General Conditions governing Examinations). 6. The granting of the award is subject to confirmation by the Central Executive.
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Confirmed in the RLSS Awards Record of 1932 on page 489 Albert's name is followed by RLSS in parenthesis indiccating that he was a RLSS member. The extract below from the RLSS 1932 Handbook gives an idea of what was required to achieve the award. «b»THE AWARD OF MERIT «/b»CONDITIONS OF EXAMINATION This Award, which consists of a Silver Medallion (inscribed with name and date) and a special Badge for the swimming costume, will be granted to those who become entitled to it under the following conditions : 1. Candidates must be over 16 years of age and have gained the Bronze Medallion previously. Applicants for examination should forward their full name and address (together with the place and date when the Bronze Medallion was gained) and also the fee (see Condition 3) to the Chief Secretary, or in the case of Branches, to the Branch Secretary. 2. The examination shall be certified by an Examiner or Examiners appointed by the Central Executive, by a Branch Executive or by an Honorary Representative, who will also name the date, time and place of examination. 3. A fee of 10s shall be paid by each candidate. The examination fee for individual members of the Society and for members of His Majesty 's Forces is 7s 6d. 4 . Candidates shall present themselves for examination attired as follows : - «i»Men«b» «/b»«/i»- Swimming costume or drawers; normal long-sleeved shirt with separate collar and separate tie; cloth or flannel trousers with which belt or braces must be worn; socks which must be securely fastened till removed for test (c); waistcoat. «i»Ladies «/i»- Swimming costume; corsets, liberty bodice or vest; knickers ; stockings which must be held up by suspenders till removed for test (c); cloth or flannel skirt ; jumper with long sleeves, or other long-sleeved garment which must be taken off over the head. The attire shall be of an ordinary everyday character and must be properly fastened on. 5. The examination shall consist of the six following tests which must be performed in a meritorious manner: - (a)«i» «/i»To swim, dressed as above, 20 yards to a person attired in bathing costume and carry the subject back the same distance by the Second Method of Rescue (p. 57 ). (b)«i» «/i»To swim, dressed as above, continuously a distance of 600 yards by three different strokes. Viz. : - (1) 200 yards breast stroke (see pp. 122 to 130). (2) 200 yards back stroke, without the use of arms (see pp. 131-2 ). (3) 200 yards, (i) side stroke, or ( ii) over-arm side stroke, or ( iii ) "Trudgen" or double over-arm stroke, or (iv) crawl, or (v) back crawl , or (vi) backstroke with the use of arms and legs (see pp. 132 - 3). (c«i») «/i»To undress on the surface of the water within a circle of approximately 12 feet diameter. (d) To dive correctly from the surface of the water to a depth of at least 6 feet, recover and land an object weighing about 5«i» «/i»lb, in water (see p. 134 ). (e) To dive neatly from two heights - (1) not exceeding 5 feet. (2) 8 to 10 feet. (f) To perform one movement (see pp. 147 to 156) from each of the following sections: «i»Se c tion A «/i»( 1) Sculling , using hands only, head first or feet first - a distance of 30 feet; (2) Two consecutive somersaults, forward or backward; (3) Washing Tub - six complete revolutions in each direction with no pause between; (4) Waterwheel, without the use of the hands - as for No. 3; (5) Canoe -a distance of 30 feet; (6) Fish - a distance of 20 feet underwater; (7) Paddlewheel - a distance of 20 feet underwater; (8) Spinning Top - six complete revolutions in each direction with no pause between. «i»Section B. «/i»(1) Plunge - not less than 35 feet; (2) Imitation of porpoise - rising three times (pushing off from the bottom not permitted); (3) Swimming on the breast, feet first - a distance of 30 feet; (4) Sculling with one leg in the air - a distance of 15 feet; (5) Seal swimming - complete immersion and rising three times; (6) Back somersaults, full length - two consecutively; (7) Oyster - three times. «i»Section C . «/i»(1) Horizontal motionless floating with the body in a straight line and at least the face, chest and toes above the surface of the water, legs straight and together - for a period of 30 seconds; (2) Propeller - a distance of 30 feet; (3) Marching on the surface of the water, using the legs only - a distance of 20 feet; (4) Torpedo - a distance of 20 feet; (5) Revolving on the surface of the water with the body i n a straight line, without the use of hands or feet - 8 revolutions consecutively; (6) Submarine - sinking and rising twice with a total travel of at least 20 feet; (7) Pendulum floating - two complete double swings consecutively; (8) Sculling on the back with two legs in the air - a distance of 10 feet. Candidates have the option of«i» «/i»not more than one minute's rest between each of the six tests, which shall be performed in the order stated. Tests (a), (b) and (c) are to be«b» «/b»performed in correct clothing and tests (d) ,(e) and (f) in swimming costume or drawers. 5. A maximum of 10 marks is allowed for each test or separately numbered part of a test. For a pass, an average of 7 marks is the minimum, provided that no individual mark is less than 5. 6. The granting of the Award is subject to confirmation by the Central Executive.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 23 Nov 1932 «b»"HOUDINI OF THE WATER"«/b» «b» Humane Society Recognition for Mr A C Gautier«/b» HIS SIX BRIDLINGTON RESCUES Mr A C Gautier, the well known Bridlington swimmer, has been awarded a testimonial on parchment from the Royal Humane Society, in recognition of his rescue of two young Pocklington brothers who fell into the sea from the wall of Royal Princes Parade last July. It will be remembered that three boys, all brothers, were rescued, the third being brought out of the sea by a Mr Jenson, Doncaster. Mr Gautier has saved about six people from the sea at Bridlington, but this is the first time he has been recognised by the Royal Humane Society. Mr Gautier saved his first life when he was a youth of about seventeen years of age, and that, strangely enough, when he ran away from home. On that occasion he was walking along the beach at Portsmouth, when he saw two brothers bathing, One of them got into difficulties and was being rapidly carried away out to sea. Mr Gautier went in fully clothed and succeeded in bringing him to the shore. Artificial respiration was applied by him successfully, but there was not another soul in sight. During the night he had nowhere to go and it poured with rain, so that already soaked to the skin, Mr Gautier had an unpleasant night for a hero. A WORLD'S RECORD He possesses every certificate and medal of the Royal Lifesaving Society, and has received many letters of congratulation from grateful people he has rescued, and their relations. Two years ago, he set up a world's record by swimming two hours in East Hull Baths with hands and feet manacled, covering a distance of over three miles. At the age of sixteen he took part in the long distance open championship in the river Thames with about twenty-five competitors, and came in fifth - a very creditable performance. Then followed the running away incident which ended in his first rescue. On two occasions he has done the celebrated Castle Foot swim at Scarborough with his hands and feet manacled. Mr Gautier, who has for some years given swimming demonstrations in the sea in view of the North Pier may be refused permission by the Harbour Commissioners next season to use the pier for collecting after his demonstrations. His son Jules V Gautier, is the champion long distance swimmer of Bridlington, and has been awarded recognition by the Humane Society. He rescued three boys from drowning from the harbour some years ago.
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Transcript of an extract of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle on 2 Dec 1932 «b» BRIDLINGTON TOWN COUNCIL Presentations for Brave Actions «/b»The monthly meeting was held on Wednesday evening............. «b»Heroism Recognised«/b» The Mayor (Councillor Byass) calling upon Mr A C Gautier, presented him with the Royal Humane Society testimonial in recognition of his brave rescue on the north side of three boys who were in imminent danger of drowning. The MAYOR said it was a feat of heroism which would long be remembered in Bridlington. He had met the father of the boys, who, unfortunately, was only employed part-time, and he had asked him to express his thanks to Mr Gautier for saving the lives of his boys. (Applause). The Mayor said they had received a letter from Mr H Jenson, Sheffield who had assisted Mr Gautier to rescue the boys at great peril to himself, and which stated that he could not afford the time to come to Bridlington to receive his testimonial owing to business reasons. The Council had also framed the testimonials. (Applause). A CONSIDERATE POSTMASTER GENERAL The MAYOR said.................................
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Transcript of a report in The Times 2 Dec 1932 Page 11 NEWS IN BRIEF At Bridlington on Wednesday A. Gautier and H. Jenson, who dived off the pier and saved three brothers from drowning last summer, received the Royal Humane Society's parchment;.................
Occupation
Occupation noted at marriage of son Albert Charles.
Occupation
Occupation noted at 1939 Register.
Residence
Address noted at 1939 Register.
Appointment
For the District.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Free Press on 3 January 1940 «b»A WELL KNOWN LOCAL SWIMMER Death of Mr G (sic.) C Gautier«/b» Well known in Bridlington and district, Mr Albert Collard Gautier, of 57 Trinity Road, Bridlington, died in Leeds Infirmary on Saturday night at the age of 47. He had been in failing health for some time. A native of London, Mr Gautier had lived in Bridlington for about twenty years. He was particularly well known as a swimmer and a swimming instructor, having the swimming baths at Bridlington. He gave frequent demonstrations from the north pier, and also at Scarborough. One of his main hobbies was escapology, and in this he performed some remarkable feats. A few years ago at a hospital rag in connection with the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club, he was thrown overboard from a yacht in a sack into the harbour, and made his escape. He appeared on a number of occasions as an escapologist in Herman Darewski's programmes. On one occasion he swam round the Castle Foot at Scarborough while handcuffed, and he took part in an endurance test with his hands handcuffed, in the baths at Hull. RESCUED THREE BOYS It will be recalled that Mr Gautier had just given a performance from the steps of north pier when three Pocklington boys got into the water and he rescued them, being assisted by another man. For this action he received a parchment from the Royal Humane Society. He was swimming instructor for the elementary schools, and organised a number of galas in the Spa Boating Lake. He was a member of the National Swimming Instructors Association, and about three months ago was appointed hon. representative for this district of the Royal Life Saving Society. He was a very active member of the Bridlington Sea Angling Festival Committee and was a former member of the Bridlington Rocket Life Saving Brigade. He was also keenly interested in Civil Defence being senior post warden for his district. In the Royal Artillery in the last war, he served in Egypt, India and France. He was wounded four times. In one battle he was one of about 20 men out of 1000 who came back. Mr Gautier's father was also a proficient swimmer. He leaves a widow, three sons and one daughter, with whom much sympathy is felt.
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Transcript of a report in the Bridlington Chronicle on 5 Jan 1940 «b»A Well Known Bridlington Swimming Instructor Death of Mr Albert C Gautier«/b» STAGE APPEARANCES AT THE SPA Mr Albert Collard Gautier, the well known Bridlington swimming instructor, whose remarkable displays have been watched and enjoyed by thousands of holiday-makers each season for many years, passed away on Saturday after a long illness. Mr Gautier , who lived at 57 Trinity Road, was 47 years of age. A native of London, he came to reside in Bridlington about twenty years ago. He took over the baths in Queens Square, and over a long period of years he has instructed hundreds of Bridlington people, particularly boys and girls, in the art of swimming - an art at which he himself was so adept. For several years he had been the official instrutor (sic) to the Bridlington Elementary Schools, besides teaching many ther people how to swim. The baths have always been a popular rendezvous for both keen swimmers and keen learners Daily, during the season, except on Sundays, he used to demonstrate his prowess in the sea, with a crowd of some hundreds of holiday makers lining the North Pier and Parade wall. There will be very few Bridligton residents or holiday-makers who have not seen Mr Gautier dive from the Parade steps at the end of the North Pier, with his hands and feet manacled, and then perform numerous tricks and "imitations." He also gave displays at Scarborough for some time. He had some remarkable swimming feats to his credit. On one occasion he swam around the Castle foot, Scarborough, with his hands and feet manacled, and on the occasion of a Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club "rag" for the Lloyd Hospital a few years ago, he was thrown into the harbour after having been tied up in a sack. Handcuffed he took part in an endurance test at Hull Baths some time ago. He was a keen student of magic, being a member of the Magicians Club and, as an escapologist, he had frequently appeared in Herman Darewski's concerts at the Spa Royal Hall. He baffled the audience with his tricks. One of his best tricks was to invite men from the audience to manacle him, after they had inspected the handcuffs - on one occasion an ex constable used his own handcuffs - and then tie him up in a sack which was fastened with a lock and chain, again after being closely examined. Within a few seconds he was able to escape. He had an excellent record of life saving, and only a few years ago he was awarded the parchment of the Royal Humane Society for rescuing three Pocklington boys from the sea. The boys were walking along a ledge on the Parade wall when they slipped and all fell in. Mr Gautier had just finished a display at that time and immediately discarded his coat and dived from the wall. With the assistance of another man all the boys were brought to safety. He was a member of the National Swimming Instructors Association, and only recently was appointed honorary representative of the Royal Life Saving Society for this district. He was formerly a member of the Bridlington Rocket Life-saving Brigade. Mr Gautier also took a great interest in fishing, being an enthusiastic member of the committees of both the Bridlington Fishing Festival and the local Sea Angling Association. At the annual Fishing Festivals he was usually one of the officials on duty at the weigh-in. When Civil Defence first came into being, he immediately enrolled as an Air Raid Warden and became Senior Post Warden in the Quay North district. During the Great War he served with the Royal Artillery in France, Egypt and India, and was wounded four times. Mr Gautier's father was also a well known swimmer, with many remarkable achievements to his credit. Mr Gautier had been ill some considerable time, and he died in Leeds Infirmary. He leaves a widow, three sons and a daughter. THE INTERMENT The funeral took place yesterday, the interment at the Bridlington Cemetery being conducted by the Reverend Frederick Matthews. Members of the Bridlington Rocket Life-saving Company formed a guard of honour as the coffin, draped in a Union Jack, was carried to the Cemetery Church. The chief mourners were: Mrs Gautier, widow; Mr Jules Victor Gautier, son; Mr and Mrs A C Gautier, son and daughter-in-law; Miss C P Gautier, daughter; Mrs Lugg, sister-in-law; Mr F J Wilkinson (Captain of the Rocket Company) and Mrs Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs F N Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs G Anderson; Mr C H Gray and Mr Hakeney (Hull). Amongst those present were: Mr A E Gray, Mr H Allison, Mr R Brown, Mr T Linford, Mr L Dench, Mr M Knaggs and Mr B Burton members of the Rocket Company); Alderman E Lambert CBE (President), Mr A Hurd and Mr W Jordison (representing the Bridlington Fishing Festival Committee); Mr C Manton Baron (representing the Bridlington Education Authority) and Mr F S Wood (Schools Attendance Officer); Superintendent E Hinds (representing Mr R D Lemon Chief Constable of the East Riding and County Chief Air Raid Warden); Inspector Wilson and Sergeant Berry (representing the East Riding Constabulary); Mr W H Stokehill (representing Mr C S Graham, Bridlington ARP Officer); Mr H Sharpe, Mr A Wiseman, Mr R W Simpson, Mrs Stacey, Miss Hawksley, Mr J Chadwick, Mr F A Samways, Mr Watson, Mr Allcock, Mr Murgatroyd, Mr A J H Townsend, Mr A Sherwood and Mr W J Squire. The floral tributes included those from: His sorrowing wife Claire; Jules; Albert and Miriam (Hull); Claire and Reg; Rose and Tom (London); Brother Jules, Queenie and Marguerite; Aunt Emma Hobbs (Holsworthy, Cornwall); Aunt Selina and Uncle (Holsworthy, Cornwall); Aunt Hettie and Uncle Fred and family; Aunt Kathleen and Family; Mr and Mrs G Anderson and Eileen; Staff of the Balloon Stores; Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom; Mr Hakeney (Hull); Mr E G Hinson (Hull); Mr and Mrs R W Simpson; Mr A Wiseman; Mr and Mrs J Baron and Violet; Mr and Mrs Webster and family; County Chief Air Raid Warden and members of the East Riding Constabulary; Chairman and members of the Air Raid Precautions Committee; Mrs Sid Shaw; Mr and Mrs Carvill and Michael; Mr and Mrs Manton Baron; Mr and Mrs Orton and Barbara; Mr and Mrs F N Wilkinson; Mr and Mrs F J Wilkinson; President and members of the Fishing Festival Committee; Bridlington Rocket Company; Mr and Mrs Stacey and the girls of the Oberon Cafe.
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Born at 88 Westbourne Road, Islington, London on 22 February 1892. On 28 June 1912 he lived at 40A Grovedale Road, Upper Holloway. The Pianoforte Works established by his grandfather was in this road. The site of both the house and the works are now a council housing estate. When he married Clara Elizabeth Dayman at St. Saviours Church, Hanley Road, Crouch Hill, Islington in 1915 his address was given as 91 Hanley Road. The marriage took place in presence of Charley Dayman (father of the bride) and Thomas Freeman Lugg (Best Man, who married Clara's sister Rose) and conducted by the curate R. H. Farthing. Albert had already joined the Royal Field Artillery at this time. During the 1914-18 war he served in Egypt, India and France. He was wounded four times. In one battle he was one of about twenty men out of some 1000 who came back. After the war, in 1921, he moved to Bridlington, Yorkshire where he was the proprietor of the Baths. Click for more http://www.gautier.me.uk/baths.html On Friday June 3, 1921 the following appeared on page 7 of the Bridlington Chronicle which gives a good account of his life up to that date. "A GREAT SWIMMER IN BRIDLINGTON A CHAT WITH MR A C GAUTIER PROJECTED MANACLED SWIM FROM FLAMBOROUGH TO BRIDLINGTON The new proprietor of the Royal Laundry and Baths, Queens Square, Bridlington, Mr A C Gautier, is a man who is likely to render valuable service to the community. He is a swimmer of great repute and, with the advent of growing appreciation of the value of teaching the young idea how to swim, his services are sure to be appreciated in Bridlington, where a well-equipped instructor will certainly not be a superfluity. Mr Gautier comes to Bridlington with a big reputation, though still a young man inside the twenties. At the age of 15 he came well to the front by swimming in the long distance championship of England (five miles) in the Thames from Richmond to Putney. He completed the distance in seventy minutes and finished 5th, having also the distinction of being the youngest who had ever entered the competition. When 15 he won the southern mile championship at Bromfield Park, London, in the open, and also the championship of Ramsgate (220 yards) and also at Harringay (quarter mile). He also holds two medals and certificates for life saving, awarded by the Royal Life Saving Society, and of these Mr Gautier is justly very proud. After that he went in for swimming on a large scale, and gave exhibitions of trick swimming throughout the country. It is as a trick swimmer that he is best known, and to see his performances in the baths is to be amazed. Mr Gautier is very much at home in the water. One of his very ordinary feats is to swim with his hands and feet manacled, and to release himself from the straps in full view of the spectators. Before his terrible injuries received in the war (and from which he has made complete recovery) he performed from most of the piers on the south coast. The practice was to invite a spectator to fasten his hands behind his back with 30 yards of rope and also fasten his feet. Mr Gautier then plunged into the water from the pier. But his injuries in the war have made it rather a risky business to dive from any considerable height. ESCAPED THE CROCODILE In 1914, the year in which war broke out, Mr Gautier was in India, and swam four miles in the Mula River, near Poonah, with hands and feet tied. He won the wager, and swam the distance in 1 hour and 35 minutes. The day following his swim, when some Tommies were swimming their horses near a spot over which he had passed, one of the animals was attacked by a crocodile! The horse had to be destroyed. HIS MILITARY SERVICE Mr Gautier joined the army in India, the Royal Field Artillery, and in 19 14 was in Mesopotamia, with the 6th Poonah Division. He was at the taking of Basra, which was probably the first town taken by the Allied Armies in Mesopotamia from the Turks. In April, 1915 he was wounded severely in the legs and arm by shrapnel. He was in General Townsend's Army, and but for his wounds he would have entered Kut with the ill-fated army which suffered so terribly there. So severe were his wounds that, 13 months later, in England, a piece of shrapnel was taken from his body, which had first penetrated his thigh. Mr Gautier was in hospital with wounds sustained in France when peace was declared, and he holds the silver badge. Happily, his wounds have not prevented him taking up swimming again, and within the next few months residents and visitors to Bridlington will have an opportunity of seeing his quite wonderful prowess in the water. Asked what purpose he had in view in incurring some risk and great deal of inconvenience by swimming with hands and feet tied, Mr Gautier said he did it in the interests of swimming. Everybody who is fit, he holds, should learn to swim. It is excellent exercise, cleanliness is next to Godliness, but above all, what is necessary is to instil into the minds of would be swimmers, confidence. He holds that the swimmer who can help aspirants to confidence is doing a great service. There were many fit people who had given up all hope of being able to swim; feeling convinced that they can never learn. What they really lack, said Mr Gautier, is confidence and what could be a better lesson in the power of man to sustain himself in the water than such an exhibition as he was able to give of swimming in the sea with limbs firmly tied together. If it was possible for a man to be thoroughly at home in the water (the public must surely conclude) although deprived of the use of his limbs, then it must be an easy thing for any fit person to swim having the free use of their limbs. He knew of no better way of giving the public a swimming lesson. Mr Gautier has had improvements effected at the Queens Square Swimming Baths, for the better control of the heating of the sea water, and he is very much interested in the efforts being made to teach the girls and boys to swim. To a "Chronicle" representative, Mr Gautier said he was about to go into training for a swim, with hands and feet tied, from the South Landing, Flamborough, to Bridlington Harbour! He hopes to perform such an unheard of feat in August. Many of our readers will look forward to witnessing such an effort, and would consider an attempt to swim the distance without 30 yards of rope a very considerable accomplishment. Mr Gautier appears to be as much at home in the water as the sea lions, which used to perform at the Grand Pavilion." Initially he lived at Queen's Cottage and then 8 Palace Avenue, Bridlington and later moved to 57 Trinity Road. He became the official swimming instructor for the local schools. He gave daily demonstrations of his swimming prowess from the Parade steps at the north pier during the summer season. This included diving into the sea with his hands and feet manacled and performing various tricks. He styled himself "Houdini of the Water". His feats, while manacled, included swimming around the Castle Foot at Scarborough and a one and a quarter mile endurance test at Hull Baths. On one occasion he was thrown into the harbour after having been tied up in a sack. A member of the Magician's Club he also performed escapology at Herman Darewski's concerts at the Spa Royal Hall. On 2nd December 1932 he was awarded a parchment from the Royal Humane Society for rescuing three Pocklington boys from the sea. He was a member of the National Swimming Instructors Society and honorary representative for the Royal Life Saving Society for the Bridlington district. He also belonged to the Bridlington Rocket Apparatus Company and was an active member of both the Fishing Festival Committee and the Sea Angling Society. He was a Senior Post Warden in the Civil Defence. He died in Leeds Infirmary of Ulcerative Endocarditis at the age of 47 after being ill for some time.
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Note: The cup was presented to the club by Frank Sampson Esq., President. From the assay marks on it, the cup is Sterling Silver manufactured in London by Hunt and Roskell in 1872.
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Note: Albert proudly wearing his medals whilst on parade with the Bridlington Rocket Apparatus Company.
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Note: Shows the award of the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1915 Star, commonly known as "Pip, Squeak and Wilfred", and the Silver War Badge given to those wounded in action.
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Note: Albert would invite a spectator to tie him up and would then dive into the sea with his feet manacled and free himself whilst in the water.
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Note: Albert shown diving into the sea adjacent to Bridlington North Pier. His hands and feet are manacled and he would demonstrate how it was still possible to swim and stay afloat.
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Note: The committee displaying the trophies on offer to sea fishing enthusiasts. Albert is arrowed at centre of picture. The picture includes many Bridlington worthies of the time.
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Note: Facsimile of a page from the programme of the 2nd Annual Sea Angling Festival.
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The company is on excercise about to fire a rocket line. Albert is on the right.
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Note: This is the Rocket Life Saving Company on parade on Fishermen's Sunday. An annual parade and service at Priory Church which takes place in Bridlington on the Sunday nearest to 10 February to commemorate the six lifeboatmen and scores of other seamen who died in the Great Gale of 1871. Albert (moustache) is second right in the first rank behind the officers.
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Note: Sewerby Cliffs. The men of the Bridlington Life Saving Rocket Company demonstrate a rescue by Breeches Buoy. The company enabled rescues to be made from ships driven ashore, where the lifeboat could not get close enough, by use of a rocket fired line.
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Note: Albert the centre of attention on the North Pier of Bridlington Harbour during one of his swimming exhibitions.
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Note: Albert about to demonstrate swimming while manacled hand and foot.
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Note: A volunteer does his best to ensure Albert cannot get free.
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Note: Albert about to plunge into the pool whilst securely bound.
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Note: Albert dives in to free himself before the waiting crowd.
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Note: The successful swimmers with their trophies. Albert (competition judge) is on the right. At the front and second from the left is Jules Victor, Alberts second son holding the Foreman Challenge Cup.
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Note: Greasy Pole at the swimming gala in the Spa Swimming Lake (now a boating lake). Albert, one of the judges is on the left in the paddle boat with the Starter Mr T R Jemison.
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Note: Advertisement in the Bridlington Holiday Guide 1931
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Note: The committee with all the fishing trophies. Albert is casually dressed in open necked shirt and a jazzy jumper. The main prize seems to be a high tech wind up gramaphone.
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Note: RHS Case Book Transcript
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Note: A post card promoting the baths in Bridlington recovered from a Mrs Henry of Fortyfoot Bridlington.
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Note: The reverse of a post card use to promote the baths in Bridlington. This has been used as a receipt for £2-10s-0d for swimming. The card was recovered from a Mrs Henry of Fortyfoot Bridlington who would have been 15 years old at this time.
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