My Grandfather Wanted To Be A Jockey - a Memory of Lambourn.
Robert Benson, also known as Toby, left his Manchester home in June 1901 and came to Lambourn to be a jockey. He was apprenticed to Captain Ossie Bell at York House, but was sacked for giving racing tips to punters. He had some involvement with the training of the 1928 Derby winner, Felstead, so must have been back with Captain Bell at that time. He never did become a jockey.
In 1911 he lived at Crowle Cottage, which I am hoping still exists, as we are coming to Lambourn this year to have a look round.
He and his first wife Elizabeth Kate Dudley, had 13 children, of whom my mother was number 12.
A memory shared by on Jan 26th, 2012.
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