Daily Mail Ball Game ?Titchfield Park

Philip Tatley sent us this photo of the Daily Mail Ball game after seeing a similar page on our site, the post card was also published by the Sidney Hall of Edwinstowe.

Philip is sure the picture was taken on Titchfield Park because his dad is the tall dark man standing third from the right leaning on the ball who at that time lived in Meadow Square across the road from the park. Meadow Square cottages were converted from the original Mansfield Workhouse.

His dad was born in 1912 and was a Corn Merchants Traveller for Domelowes of Mansfield before joining the R.A.F. 9 Sqdn Bomber Command. Unfortunately his Lancaster aircraft came down 20 December 1942, and all lives were lost.

Philip was only eight months old at the time and has no recollection of his father, who lies just up the road from Meadow Square in Mansfield Cemetery.

He does have the photograph of his father Sgt. H. T. Tatley which was taken about 10 yrs after the ball game when he was serving in World War 2.  When the wreckage of the crash was being sifted through they found his dads cigarette case containing his baby boot which he was carrying for “luck”.


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