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|Title:||Join Mexborough-born ‘Iron Hague’s fighting fund!|
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Doncaster Museum Service has been offered the opportunity to purchase a wonderful painting of the legendary local boxer James William ‘Iron’ Hague.
The painting which is in oil on canvas depicts Hague in typical pugilistic stance, and was probably painted in 1909 to celebrate Hague’s victory over Gunner Jim Moir to claim the British heavyweight boxing title.
Hague, who was born in Mexborough, was British heavyweight boxing champion between 1909 and 1911, defending his title three times.
He acquired his nickname of ‘Iron’ during his schooldays. After being hit over the head when involved in a playground spat he wrapped his school scarf round the wound, held it in place with his school cap and proceeded to his next lesson.
On entering the class he was asked by his teacher to remove the cap. Seeing the size of the wound, and the fact that young Hague had patched it up himself, the teacher said: ‘you must be made of Iron lad’; and the name stuck.
The painting is on long term loan at Cusworth Hall Museum from Iron Hague’s family where it has been admired greatly by members of the public.
Doncaster Museum is currently putting together a grant application for half the £2,500 cost to try and bring the painting to Doncaster on a permanent basis and prevent it from being sold into private hands.
The museum is also appealing to members of the general public to make pledges of financial support to help the fighting fund and so far nearly £600 has been donated.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Tourism, said: ‘This painting of Mexborough-born boxing legend James William ‘Iron’ Hague is proving a popular exhibit at Cusworth Hall Museum.
‘With Doncaster celebrating its first world boxing champion earlier this year when Jamie McDonnell was crowned IBF bantamweight champion, it would be wonderful if we could raise the funds to keep this painting which recognises one of our earlier boxing heroes on public display.’
For further information or to pledge money, please contact Neil McGregor at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery: 01302 734295 / Neil.firstname.lastname@example.org / Neil McGregor, Museums officer (Art and Exhibitions), Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE
Information on the Doncaster Museum service is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/museums
James William 'Iron' Hague
Hague became Yorkshire champion in 1905, defeating Dick Parkes at Doncaster. He then went on to beat a steady stream of English heavyweights, many by K.O’s. It was on the 19th April 1909 that ‘Iron’ Hague met Gunner Moir in the ring of the National Sporting Club to fight for the English heavyweight boxing title. The fight ended in a knock-out to Hague after just 2mins 47secs. It was reported that around 2,000 people stood outside the Sheffield Telegraph Newspaper Office in Mexborough waiting for news of the fight, and his homecoming saw thousands lining the streets. Hague defended his title three times, before he was defeated by Bombadier Billy Wells in 1911.
He saw active service in the First World War, both on the Somme and at Passchendaele, returning to Mexborough afterwards suffering from the effects of Mustard Gas. Apart from a spell as resident handyman at Graingers Holiday Camp in the 1930s he spent the remainder of his life in Mexborough, where he worked as a barman in the local pubs. Hague died in 1951.
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of Doncaster since the last Ice Age using natural history, archaeology, local history and fine and decorative art. The museum is family friendly with games, trails and colouring sheets to keep everyone busy.
As well as works belonging to the collection, the Art Gallery has a varied programme of exhibitions which showcase the work of individual artists, local art clubs and nationally touring exhibitions.
Accessed through Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery is the Regimental Museum of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) which re-opened in September 2011. The museum has received £204,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the re-display and re-telling of the story of this famous regiment founded in 1757.
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Contact 01302 734293 / email@example.com / www.doncaster.gov.uk/museums
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Chequer Road, Doncaster, DN1 2AE
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