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Eugène Lucien Felix Hamburger


1857/58, Paris, France


11/12/1924, Hove, Sussex


Marcus Hamburger (dealer in precious stones, born c. 1815-18, Poland; died 29/03/1881, Clerkenwell) and Emilie/Emily Hamburger (born 1829/30, Paris, France)


Arthur Hamburger, born 1853/54, France

Therese Rachel Hamburger, born 1862/63, Bloomsbury

Louis Joseph Hamburger, born 1868/69, Clerkenwell

Gustave Adolphe Hamburger, born 1870, Holborne


to Beatrice Newcome Cohen (born 1868, Whitechapel), 1908, City of London





07/04/1861 [census]: parents boarding Brydges Street, Westminster (children not listed – still in France?)

02/04/1871 [census]: 26 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell; father precious stone-dealer, Arthur and Eugene “employed at home”

03/04/1881 [census]: 26 Woodbridge Street, Clerkenwell; widowed mother, Arthur and Eugene precious stone-dealers

05/04/1891 [census]: 6 Wilmington Square, Clerkenwell; mother and brothers all involved in precious-stone and gold business

31/03/1901 [census]: 6 Wilmington Square, Clerkenwell; Eugene and Gustav diamond and gold merchants

02/04/1911 [census]: 21 Skardu(?) Street, NW London; Eugene (diamond/precious stone dealer) and wife, no children

11/12/1924 [probate]: 17 Langdale Gardens, Hove, Sussex


Mentioned in newspaper reports of activities of the City of London Chess Club from 1884 to 1902.

He played in the 1894 North of England v South match.


In chess reports Eugene was referred to almost exclusively as “E. Hamburger”, or “Mr. Hamburger”.  In legal notices in the London Gazette he was “Eugene Lucien Hamburger”, and in marriage and death-related documents he was “Eugene Lucien Felix Hamburger” in full or at least with all initials, but in none of these cases with a grave accent.  He signed his 1911 census return “Eugène Hamburger” (with the grave accent).  An 1889 reference to “E. H. Hamburger” seems an error.

He was probably of Jewish extraction on his father’s side.

Eugene was in partnership with Hans Meyer and Leopold Lehmann as toy and fancy goods merchants to 31/12/1903, when the partnership dissolved.

Eugene and Gustave were in partnership as dealers in precious stones, at 37 and 38 Hatton Garden, London, in the name of “E. M. Hamburger” (their grandfather’s name ??), which partnership was dissolved by mutual consent as from 19/06/1922.



Charles Hanson


1857, Wirksworth, Derbys.


25/10/1857, Wirksworth


01/11/1913, Burton-upon-Trent


Hairdresser Thomas Hanson (born 1817/18, Burton, Staffs.) and Mary Hanson (née Harrop or Herrap, 1818/19, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts.) who married in 1850 in Nottingham reg. District


William Hanson, born 1850/51, Wirksworth

Jane Hanson, born 1852/53, Wirksworth

James Hanson, born 1854/55, Wirksworth


to Louisa (born 1862/63, Scotland) 1885/86


Eveline Mary Hanson, born 1887/88, Horninglow, Staffs.

Reginald Charles Hanson, born 1889/90, Stapenhill, Derbys. (now a district of Burton-upon-Trent, over the Trent, and now in Staffs.)

Norman Millar Hanson, born 1894/95, Stapenhill, Derbys.



07/04/1861 [census]: St John Street, Wirksworth; father a hairdresser

02/04/1871 [census]: 11 Borough Road, Burton-upon-Trent; Charles an errand boy

03/04/1881 [census]: 12 Borough Road, Burton-upon-Trent; Charles a Civil Service telegraph clerk

05/04/1891 [census]: 16 Malvern Hill, Stapenhill, Derbys.; Charles a postal clerk

31/03/1901 [census]: 111 Derby Street, Horninglow; Charles sorting clerk and telegraphist

02/04/1911 [census]: 113 Derby Street, Burton-upon-Trent; Charles sorting clerk and telegraphist

01/11/1913 [probate]: 113 Derby Street, Burton-upon-Trent


Played variously for Trinity Church Institute (Burton), Burton Chess Club, Burton Institute Chess Club (same thing?), Derby, Midland Railway Institute, Derbyshire (by birth qualification), and Staffordshire (by residence qualification), as evidenced by newspaper reports over the period 1875 to 1912.  (Burton-upon-Trent is only just within Staffordshire, and Derby is only about 10 miles to the NE.)

Examples of matches he played in: the 1882 Leeds v Midland Railway Institute match, the 1884 Leeds v Midland Railway Institute match and the 1893 North of England v South match.


Death recorded in the Staffordshire Sentinel of Wednesday 16/07/1913 as follows:

“It is with great regret that we hear of the death, which occurred last Tuesday week, of Mr. C. Hanson, of Burton, at the age of 55.  He was well known to the older members locally, having met many of them across the board in the Hickman Cup and other matches.  Numerous times the present writer has waged friendly battle with him, and in addition to finding him a worthy foeman, he could accept the inevitable or deliver it with the true chess player’s modesty.  His death is a distinct loss to Staffordshire.”

Death also noted at the Staffordshire CA in November 1913, and later on probate records.



Alfred Henry Hyde


15/09/1867, Ladywood, Birmingham


1851, Birmingham, aged 83


In 1891, retired schoolmaster Edward Thomas Ensor (born 1811/12, Dover) whose then-wife was Ursula F Ensor (born 1835-39, Bishop Froom, Herefordshire; died 1926/27, West Bromwich district) was stated to be step-father to Alfred and Florence (presumably Alfred’s sister).  Perhaps Alfred was Ursula’s son by a previous marriage.  Background details elusive.


Florence Sarah Hyde (born 1874/75, Birmingham)


to Ada Maud Evans (born 03/01/1867, Birmingham), in 1893, at Birmingham


Ada Lilian Edith Hyde (born 1895/96, Birmingham)



02/04/1871 [census]: (elusive)

03/04/1881 [census]: (elusive)

05/04/1891 [census]: 175 Hunters Road, Handsworth, Staffs.; stationer’s clerk

31/03/1901 [census]: 241 Burbury Street, Aston Manor, Birmingham, Warks.; stationer’s traveller

02/04/1911 [census]: 6 Leyton Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, Warks.; commercial traveller for a wholesale stationery firm

29/09/1939 [register]: 284 Perry Common Road, Birmingham, Warks. ; commercial traveller for a wholesale stationery firm


Newspaper reports of his chess activities run initially from 1894 to 1902, at which point, for reasons of health problems, he stepped down from the captaincy of the Bohemians Chess Club in the Birmingham league (latter formed about 1898).  There are odd references in 1904, 1905 and 1914.  He apparently became more active in the Bohemians Chess Club from 1922 to 1927.  He played in the 1894 North v South of England match.


No concrete identification of this player, such as a chess obituary, or full name in a chess context, or address as a chess official is evident, but this is the only person answering to “A. H. Hyde” living in the Birmingham area in, say, 1891.  An Albert Henry Hyde was born in the King’s Norton area in 1865, but later died at the age of 13.  An Albert Harry Hyde was born in Birmingham in 1864, but is untraceable thereafter.



James Thomas Heppell


1856, Stepney, London


02/02/1915, Stoke Newington, London [Law Times, 13/02/1915; probate]


Master mariner James Robert Heppell (born 1823/24; died 1877) and Eliza Harriet Heppell (née Sedgewick, 1830/31, City of London; died 1917/18, when age understated at 84, Brighton) who married in 1855 in Stepney, London.


Francis Henry Heppell, born 1859, City of London

Henry Robert Heppell, born 1861, City of London

Elizabeth Frances Heppell, born 1863, City of London

Albert H Heppell, born 1866, City of London

Annie Sedg(e)wick Heppell, born Apr/May 1869, City of London


to Lydia Denby (born 1857, Islington; daughter of Thomas William Denby & Martha Denby, née Wright, of Highbury New Park) on 02/06/1881, at St Augustine’s, Highbury New Park


Martha Denby Heppell, born 1882, Islington

Ruth Denby Heppell, born 1884, Islington

Harry Denby Heppell, born 1886, Islington

Frank Denby Heppell, born 1888/89, Stoke Newington

Marjorie Denby Heppell, born 1893, Stoke Newington

Thomas Reginald Heppell, born 1895, Stoke Newington

William Eric Heppell, born 1897, Stoke Newington; died 1897/98 (under 12 months of age), Stoke Newington



07/04/1861 [census]: elusive (father possibly at sea)

02/04/1871 [census]: 22 Richmond Crescent, Islington, London; father unemployed master mariner, James a scholar

03/04/1881 [census]: 26 Richmond Crescent, Islington, London (apparently move 2 doors along the street); solicitor’s managing clerk

05/04/1891 [census]: 55 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington, London; solicitor’s managing clerk

31/03/1901 [census]: 55 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington, London; solicitor (employing staff)

02/04/1911 [census]: 55 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington, London; solicitor (employing staff)

02/02/1915 [at death]: 55 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington, London


In the 1878-79 Handicap Tournament of the  City of London Chess Club, in which participants were placed in six classes to determine the odds given by a stronger opponent (the “handicap”), “Mr. Heppell”, as a fifth class 5 player, beat H E Bird (a first class player) in the final, so becoming the winner.  (The semi-final game in which Bird had beaten William Norwood Potter was believed at the time to be the longest chess game on record, at 143 moves, taking sixteen hours of play.)

In the British Chess Club 2nd Class tournament of 1886, he finished 6th out of 6 with a single win and no draws.

He represented the City of London club in matches from 1883 or earlier.  In 1883 he appeared on board 2 for City of London CC against Cambridge University.

In 1887, he played in the 2nd British Amateur Chess Championship, finishing 4th out of 8 in preliminary section A.  (Only the top 2 qualified for the Final Section.)

He played in both the North of England v South matches, of 1893 and 1894.

In 1895 he was on board 9 of 10 for England in a somewhat ill-fated radio match (they ran out of time) between England and the Manhattan Chess Club.

In 1897, he played in a 10-player selection tournament for the England cable match team, finishing 9th and so not getting into the team.

From around 1898 he seems to have switch to representing the British Chess Club (London) in matches, as for instance when he played for the British Chess Club against the chess circle of the National Liberal Club on 05/02/1898.

As late as 13/03/1908 he played board 3 for Middlesex against Somerset.





Stephen John Mann

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