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Wigan Swimming and Water Polo   Views: 879
I.BENTHAM   Comments: 3
Photo: RON HUNT   Item #: 26084  
  A Will Smith's Postcard of I.BENTHAM, Wigan Swimming Club. Sally any info on this guy?  

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Comments by Mick, 26th February 2015  
Born: 27 October 1886, Ince, Wigan, Lancashire, England
Died: 15 May 1917, Arras, Paid-de-Calais, France
Olympics competed in: 1 (1912)
Olympic medals: 1912 - Gold (Water polo)

The son of a Wigan grocer and insurance agent, Isaac Bentham was a forward with the 1912 gold-medal winning water polo team and like his father and grandfather before him, he also became a grocer in the Wigan area.

Bentham was killed in action during the Battle of Arras in the Western European Theatre in France whilst serving with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery in 1917. He was awarded the Victory, 1914-15 Star and British War medals.
(See http://gbolympics.co.uk/waterpolo.html )

Comments by Sally Kendrick, 26th February 2015  dizzymoo@talk21.co 
Heartbreaking, Mick! He's on some of the other group photos I've seen, I think.

Comments by Janet Mason, 4th May 2015  I.rawle@btinternet.com 
Hi , Isaac Bentham was my great -grandad,
We often understood that his swimming costume
was for public view in Wigan baths , as stated by
his daughter Florence , ( my nana ) many years
ago . Since the baths is now closed , where
would this be and would anyone have any photos ?
Regards ... Janet Mason

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