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Island History Trust Image Collection


British Oil and Cake Mills Athletic Team 1931 (at Cumberland Oil Mills, or ‘Armstrongs' in Saunders Ness Road / Wharf Road). Left to right: Jack Ball, from Poplar, trainer, worked at Limehouse; Fred Howe, Secretary, worked at Unilevers; Dick Waterhouse, Stebondale Street, worked at Armstrongs as a coal trimmer, shovelling coal all day, a ‘half-miler' (runner); Unknown, a clerk at Unilevers; Frank Wooley, Poplar, a warehouse man; Tommy Donnison, millwright engineer, Poplar, a 220 yard sprinter; Percy Feasey, chemist at Unilever Canning Town, 440 yard sprinter. This team was fairly successful, it competed with Corinthian League in LCC Parks on Saturday afternoons. Training was at BOCM Sports Ground, Jenkins Lane, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Dick Waterhouse also belonged to Bermondsey Men's Institute Running Club and Winter Drama Club. When Dick joined up he became a long distance runner in the army - he did not have the speed but he had plenty of stamina! Donated by Dick Waterhouse