Yorkshire Chess History



George Herbert Dodd











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14/06/1857, Checkendon, Oxfordshire


14/10/1857, Checkendon, Oxfordshire


10/11/1903, Kingwood Peppard, Oxon.




Non-Chess Life


The parents of George Herbert Dodd were farmer Francis William Dodd (born 1813/14, Checkendon, Oxon.) and Rebecca Dodd (née Walters?), who had at least the following three children, all born at Checkendon:


Francis William Dodd

born 1855

George Herbert Dodd

born 14/06/1857

Margaret Dodd

born 1859


George Herbert Dodd was born on 14/06/1857 at Checkendon, Oxfordshire, and was subsequently baptised there on 14/10/1857.  Unfortunately, when his sister Margaret was born, mother Rebecca died at of soon after the birth.


The 1861 census found widower Francis Dodd living at Bottom Farm, Checkendon, with the above three children, and four domestic servants.  His younger sister, Maria Dodd, happened to be visiting at the time.  Father Francis was at the time a farmer of just over 756 acres, with over 35 employees.  The two boys were scholars.


George Herbert Dodd seems elusive in the 1871 census, but is likely to have been away at boarding school.  Venn seem to imply the family home was at Rush Court, Wallingford, in 1877, the father perhaps having by then retired.


Older brother Francis went to school at Felsted.  Father Francis Dodd was sufficiently well off to send both sons to Cambridge University.  Accordingly Francis William Dodd was admitted as a pensioner at Jesus college on 01/01/1877, going on to be ordained and to enter the church, while George Herbert Dodd was admitted as a pensioner at Caius College on 01/10/1875, matriculating in Michaelmas 1875.  George became an athletics “blue” in 1878, in the 100 yards, so chess was not his only sport. He got his BA in 1879.  George went to London to study medicine.


The 1881 census found 23-year-old George H. Dodd BA (Caius) to be a [medical] student boarding at 21 Gladstone Street, London.  He became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1885, and Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries in 1887.


His first job was in Bradford, where he became an Assistant Surgeon at the Eye and Ear Hospital on Hallfield Road, Bradford.  The Bradford Eye and Ear Hospital was established as a charitable organisation in 1857, and was enlarged in 1884.  The 1887-88 Post Office Bradford directory listed G. H. Dodd, 51 Thorn Street, Girlington, Bradford, though he was not there listed among the staff of the Eye and Ear Hospital.


The 1891 Post Office Bradford directory listed, more specifically, George H Dodd, surgeon, Lily Mount Cottage, Heaton Road, Bradford.


The 1891 census listed unmarried 33-year-old George Herbert Dodd living with a servant at 2 Lily Mount, [Heaton Road,] Bradford, and listed him as one of the three assistant surgeons, subordinate, seemingly, to two medical officers.


In time, George Herbert Dodd went into general practice, and Venn records him as being in practice in Southampton, and resident at Portswood Road, Southampton, in 1900.


The 1901 census found 43-year-old unmarried surgeon George H. Dodd living at 4 St Denys Road, Portswood, Southampton, with his 59-year-old unmarried retired cousin, Edward T. Wells (born Wallingford, Berks., formerly a lieutenant in the Volunteers), and a domestic servant.


By some time in 1902, George had moved to Burnham Somerset.


On 20/10/1902, at St. Matthews, Earls Court, George Herbert Dodd, surgeon of Burnham, Somerset, and son of Francis William Dodd, farmer, deceased, married Mary Catherine Golding of 47 Cortfield Road, Earls Court, London, daughter of Horace Golding, retired solicitor.


The newly married couple seem to have taken up residence in Kingwood Peppard, Oxfordshire, but George lived little more than a year after getting married.




George Herbert Dodd of Kingwood Peppard died on 10/11/1903.




“G. Dodd” attended the 1888 meeting of the West Yorkshire Chess Association.


At the 1888 British Chess Association Congress in Bradford, in the “Tennyson” tournament for members of the professions, “Dodd” competed.  This would seem almost certainly to have been George Herbert Dodd.  In the Third Class 9knock-out) tournament of the Yorkshire County Chess Club, running alongside the BCA event, specifically “G. H. Dodd” was listed as competing; he lost in round one.


As “Dr. Dodd”, he played for Bradford in the Woodhouse Cup, at least in 1891-92 and 1892-93.





Copyright © 2015 Stephen John Mann

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