PRINCE FREDERICK WILLIAM

OF PRUSSIA

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PAGE CONTENT COURTESY OF ILFRACOMBE MUSEUM

"WHY KAISER BILL HATED ENGLAND

OR

WHAT HAPPENED AT RAPPEREE"

In the August of 1878, Prince Frederic William of Prussia (later Kaiser Bill) was holidaying in Ilfracombe at the Ilfracombe Hotel.  Amongst other daily pursuits was a daily dip, and the venue....Rapparee.  One day, his swim completed, the nineteen year old Prince began to seek out some other source of amusement.  In those days there were changing booths available to the bathers, each with its' own number.  Picking up a stone from the shingly beach and taking aim, the Prince let it fly towards one of the huts numbers.  Evidently satisfied with his new sport, the young Bill threw several more stones.  After a while, the continued pounding of stone against the booth came to the attention of the beach attendants' son, Alf Price.  Seeing his fathers' property being misused in such a manner, Alf went to sort this newcomer out.

Apparently, as soon as the lad had told the future Kaiser to stop the regal visitor retorted. "Do you know who I am?" Young Price obviously did not.  Either that or he took a great risk in saying he didn't care who the offender was. With Alf's' words finished, the young Prince landed Alf a hard blow on the Jaw.  Caught by surprise the punch threw the lad to the sands.

The sixteen year old local got to his feet and began battling his antagonist.  For twenty minutes the two fought it out.  Alf's' father, Philip Price, and his brother-in-law, Tom Gibbs watched the battle from atop the steps on the cove.  Perhaps , silently cheering their man on.

Now during this time the Princes' tutor, and others of his retinue had been exploring the neighbouring bay of Broad Sands Beach.  They began the return rock climb, unaware of the commotion back at Rapparee.  Emerging from around the rocks, the tutor was horrified by the sight that met his eyes. Out he dashed and parted the two combatants.

This was not the end of the Kaiser story.  In order to raise funds during the First World War, a small handout was printed and sold to aid the boys at the Front.

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THE MAN ON THE LEFT IS ALFRED PRICE IN 1916

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THE COVER SHOWN ABOVE IS FROM THE FIRST WORLD WAR HANDOUT, PRINTED AND SOLD TO AID THE BOYS AT THE FRONT.

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