Cycling star’s life cut short by WW1

Pictured is Thomas Gascoyne, of Chesterfield, whose prolific international cycling career was cut down after he went on to fight in the First World War and was killed.

Pictured is Thomas Gascoyne, of Chesterfield, whose prolific international cycling career was cut down after he went on to fight in the First World War and was killed.

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The Great War not only claimed the lives of millions, it deprived the world of many talented people who never reached their potential or had their place properly preserved in history.

One such infantry man was Thomas Gascoyne, of Whittington, Chesterfield, who was an English professional cycling champion who competed internationally and held world records.

But as the centennial marking the beginning of World War One in August approaches, Gascoyne’s exploits provide an example of how sports stars were drawn into the conflict.

 

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