|Feb-17-08|| ||brankat: Three generations of fine Chess masters. A great Chess playing family!|
|Feb-17-11|| ||Benzol: A pity that there aren't more games of his here.|
|Feb-17-11|| ||Penguincw: < Benzol: A pity that there aren't more games of his here.> I'm pretty sure that there are more of Spencer Crakanthorp 's games out there.|
|Feb-17-12|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Crakanthorp.|
|May-30-12|| ||Benzol: My word! Someone has been busy finding games by Mr Crakanthorp. Brilliant.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Benzol: Is Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp the same player?|
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: <Benzol> I'd guess so, unless there have been two Spencer Crakanthorp playing in the same tournament against B.Parker. Well, you're the expert of AUS/NZ chess history, aren't you? ;)|
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: Here's his enlisting document of 1916: http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/...|
so his full name is <Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp>, though his place of birth is given as Islington, England http://mappingouranzacs.naa.gov.au/...
|Jun-29-12|| ||whiteshark: L.S. Crakanthorp photos:
1916 Corp. L.S. Crackanthorp in uniform: http://www3.photosau.com/Manly/scri...
|Jun-29-12|| ||Nosnibor: <whiteshark>From all of the historical information you have provided it would appear that the bio has the wrong birth date of L S Crakanthorp. The enlisting document of January 1916 states his age as 44 years old which means that he was born in 1871 and not 1885.This seems to make sense because the 1925 photograph reflects an image of a man well past 40 years of age.|
|Jun-29-12|| ||Stonehenge: From a PDF file:
Crakanthorp, Lawrence Spencer (1857–1929)
MAN02686 Cpl L S Crakanthorp, 1915 MML
Anne (Crackanthorp) Purdy, grand-daughter of Lawrence Spencer Crakanthorp contributed an excellent article on him
to Australian Chess Lore, vol 3, 1984, p3–32, from which the following is abridged:
Lawrence Crakanthorp was born in Islington, London on 15th November 1857 and came to Australia when he was 15.
He returned to England as a sailor before the mast sailing round the Horn, but came back to Australia after an extensive
walking tour through Europe. He married Florence Wentworth Eldershaw in 1884 (she died of Spanish flu after WWI)
and they lived in Surry Hills and Paddington. They had eight children, including Spencer Crakanthorp, born 17 February
1885. Lawrence came to Manly circa 1901 from Wagga Wagga. He had passed the Public Health examinations with
such distinction that he was offered the top job available, at Manly, where he became the Sanitary Inspector (or Municipal
Officer of Health). He and Spencer joined the Manly Chess Club. Lawrence enlisted in WWI (aged 59) and fought
in the trenches. He died 16 December 1929.
Spencer Crakanthorp was a chess prodigy, and was Chess Champion of NSW on several occasions from 1905 to
1933. He was Australian Champion in 1926 and 1928/29. He married Emily Diana Harris in September 1914, and they
had a daughter, Anne, in 1915.
|Jun-30-12|| ||Benzol: <whiteshark> <Well, you're the expert of AUS/NZ chess history, aren't you? ;)>|
LOL. I wish.
Thanks to both <whiteshark> and <Stonehenge> for their efforts on this one. Thanks guys.