Saving the life of one child certainly signifies a hero, saving the life of two children is the sign of a special kind of hero.
Arthur Jackson was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, on 2nd March, 1927. From his schooldays he was a keen swimmer, and it was his swimming skills and strength that led to his heroic acts. Working as a milkman nineteen year old Arthur was delivering his round one morning in 1940 when a commotion drew his attention to the Aireworth Mill Dam. A four year old child had fallen into the water and it was only Arthur's swift response that saved the child from drowning. His bravery was recognised by the Royal Humane Society, a charity that grants awards to those who risk their own life in the saving of others. Some years later Arthur rescued another child at Keighley swimming baths, consequently receiving a letter of commendation.
The role of hero continued in the wrestling rings of Britain after Arthur turned professional in 1952. From the very beginning he travelled far and wide, in the first few months travelling north to Edinburgh to wrestle Vince Earnshaw, over the Pennines into Lancashire to face Jungle Boy at Morecambe, south to Leicester against Geoff Portz. Les Kellett was a frequent opponent during his first year in the pro ranks, British champion Eric Taylor and tough old timer Jack Atherton were others. In the early 1950s, without a motorway network, young Arthur spent many hours each day travelling from venue to another.
It couldn't have been easy for Arthur. Two years earlier he had married his childhood sweetheart, Norah, and around the time he turned professional Norah had given birth to their son, Barry. Most days Arthur would leave their family home to travel up to two hundred miles to wrestle, arriving back home in the early hours of the morning. Arthur had known Norah from their days at Parkwood Primary School, they lived in the same road when children. However, it wasn't until a coach trip to Blackpool some years later that cupid struck and their fate was determined. Ten months later they began 63 years of married life.
Light heavyweight Arthur was a regular feature of wrestling bills throughout the 1950s and into the early sixties. Working mostly in the north of England and Scotland he did travel south and work for Dale Martin Promotions, facing the big names of the 1950s that included Mike Marino, Norman Walsh, Ernie Riley, and Tibor Szakacs. Arthur made it onto the television screens at least once, wrestling Frank O'Donnell at Grantham in April, 1960. He worked on two other televised shows but we do not know if Arthur's contest was broadcast. Many of his bouts were at the St James Hall, Newcastle, and Belle Vue, Manchester, two of the biggest halls in the country at which he was particularly popular. Arthur travelled up and down the country working for Joint Promotions until injury led to premature retirement in 1964.
Arthur Jackson died on 28th February, 2014, just two days short of his 87th birthday. He left his wife of 63 years, Norah, and son Barry.
Having turned professional in 1944 Ron Jackson was well placed to take advantage of the post war wrestling revival and from the end of hostilities was a regular worker in Northern rings meeting the big names that included the Pyes, The Farmer, Charlie Scott, Dave Armstrong, Ernie Baldwin and George Gregory.
He shared his wrestling commitments with that of running an off-license in Hartlepool.
In the early 1950s he appeared at Belle Vue almost weekly and could also be seen regularly at Blackpool Tower and Newcastle.
He tagged with Arthur Jackson on occasions but we are unaware if the two of them were related.
The poster on the left advertises Ron in the main event against the Farmer, George Broadfield, in a 1946 Norman Morrell Promotion.
Note a young George Kidd on the "Bottom of the Bill."
Also note Black Butcher Johnson using the name Arthur Johnson.
Jacobo was a Spanish strongman type, domiciled in Argentina. He was trained by the Spaniard Quasimodo.
Jacobo toured the UK early in 1974 at a time when many Hispanic visitors appeared to be replacing the French and Germans who had regularly visited in the sixties.
Quasimodo had done a good job at teaching him the wicked ways of the ring as he met with frequent disqualification. No time for disqualification at the Royal Albert Hall when Tibor chopped him down to a KO defeat on 16th January.
He faired better with a KO win over Tony St Clair on television (losing via the disqualification route to Ivan Penzecoff on his other tv outing). Other opponents included Mike Marino, Les Kellett and Billy Two Rivers during his two month tour.
The heavyweight from Johannesburg, South Africa, visited Britain for three months between September and December 1964. Contests were mainly in the south of England for Dale Martin Promotions with opponents including Ramon Napolitano, Majid Ackra, Danny Lynch and Yuri Borienko.
Heavyweight from Bloemfontein in South Africa visited Britain in 1955 and 1956. Opponents included Bill Howes, Mike Marino, Francis St Clair and Arthur Beaumont. He travelled extensively throughout the country.
Born in Hendon, London, Peter Jacobs moved to Great Yarmouth in 1966. A fortunate move as it was here that he met wrestler and promoter Brian Trevors who was one of a few developing a healthy wrestling scene in East Anglia at the time..
Brian trained the fourteen stone youngster and encouraged him to turn professional, working on the East Coast holiday camp circuit in the summer months and around southern England in the winter. A fast wrestler for his size, a heavyweight who moved like a middleweight, Peter showed a great deal of potential in the early 1970s, and was picked out by The Wrestler magazine as one of the promising young stars in October, 1972..
Just five years after turning professional his career came to an abrupt halt one night at the Potters Holiday camp. “My knee went the opposite way it’s supposed to do” Pete told us.
Following five months on crutches and a further six months rehabilitation Pete was warned that further damage to the knee could well mean that he would be unable to walk again.
A knee replacement in his mid fifties and a lot of determination means that Pete still gets about and is a fan of Wrestling Heritage.