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Extraordinary linkage of events 1935 & 1948

Dukie picked for England, survives WW2 then on April 14th 1948.....
23 Jul 2021
Written by Chris Crowcroft
Dukie News
England schoolboy international cap
England schoolboy international cap

On May 4th 1935 Dukie Leslie Lines was picked to play for England Schoolboys vs Wales at football (his cap in the photo). A crowd of nearly 10,000 packed Crabble, the largest ever. The DYRMS Band played under the baton of Bm. WJ Clancy by permission of the Commandant, Col. HS Poyntz DSO, a useful county cricketer in his time. Leslie left School in 1940 to serve in the RAC in WW2, making sergeant. His footballing continued so that on April 14th 1948 he was selected to play inside-right for the RAC at Aldershot. And then.....a lightning strike hit the stadium causing a number a fatalities including Sgt. Lines. A notable Dukie and a variation on 'lest we forget.'

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