Take Two with Colin Drury

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A reader gets in touch after this page referred to the German World War One air ace Max Immelmann last week.

We told how Sheffield-born pilot Major Charles Dixon was chosen to fly low over enemy lines in order to drop a wreath of respect at Immelmann’s funeral in 1916.

But it seems the legendary Dresden aerial fighter may have had another link to Sheffield too.

Bill Reid, of Dronfield, emails to say his grandfather Major William Reid, of Dore, was one of the estimated 15 pilots shot out of the sky by Immelmann.

“War was apparently far more civilised back then and Immelmann dropped a note over British lines to the effect that my grandfather had been shot down and taken prisoner,” writes Bill. “William’s left elbow was very badly injured by three or four bullets, and he always said a British doctor would have amputated his arm but the German surgeons saved it

“Deemed by the Germans to be unfit for further combat, he was interned in Switzerland where he married his Swiss nurse and seemed to have had a not unpleasant war.”


Dyb dyb dob dob, indeed.

Dozens of lucky Scouts from across South Yorkshire have been chosen to go to the World Jamboree in Japan next year.

Youngsters from across the region will spend three weeks at the events, as previously reported in this paper.

They’ll have a great time, no doubt. As, indeed, did this writer’s father when he went to the 1957 World Jamboree as a young lad.

To this day he still recalls how previous generations had enjoyed visits to such exotic places as Gödöllő in Hungary, Moisson in France and Ontario in Canada. But the year he got to go? The event took place at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield.


Comedian Jack Whitehall tells The Star the first time he performed in Sheffield only two people turned up.

Two more than he deserves, some might say.