By kind permission of John King, Author

Various sports continued to occupy the recreation time of some of the soldiers. On 29 January 1916 the ASC football team from Catford was beaten by a South African military contingent on the White House ground in Bromley Road. The defeat was witnessed by Col. Wright who had assumed command at Grove Park in 1915 and the Mayor of Lewisham, Alderman Hume. Indeed, several sportsmen were attracted to the ASC at Grove Park, a development which was encouraged as it enhanced the ASC’s status.

But there were to be no more sporting opportunities for two Grove Park bothers, Edmund Catchpole (aged 20 and otherwise known as Edmund Tennant after becoming an actor) and his brother Philip (aged 23) who had earlier been working in the London & South Western Bank. Both men had refused a commission in order to go straight to the front with the Public Schools Battalion where they were killed in January by the same shell. Their father, the senior partner of Edward Catchpole & Sons of Rotherhithe, who lived in one of the five big houses in Baring Road between Chinbrook Road and Le May Avenue, died in a London nursing home in April.

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