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Teddy Wakelam

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Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Blythe Thornhill Wakelam (8 May 1893 – 10 July 1963), known as Teddy Wakelam, was an English sports broadcaster and rugby union player who captained Harlequin F.C. Early life Wakelam was born in Hereford. During his school days he developed a love for a wide variety of sports. While studying history at Pembroke College, Cambridge he joined Harlequins in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Fusiliers, the London Regiment and the Royal Field Artillery, seeing service in France, Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. After the war he rejoined Harlequins. In 1924 he had to retire from rugby union due to a knee injury. Broadcaster On 15 January 1927 Wakelam gave the first ever running sports commentary on BBC radio. It covered the Rugby International match between England and Wales at Twickenham. England won 11-9. While Wakelam described the run of play, the background voice of Cecil Arthur Lewis would call out a number (this referred to a s
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