Herbert Rigsby & Alex Wall, the Zingari Blues – Tony Onslow

Herbert Rigsby was born, 22nd of July 1894, in the model village built by philanthropist William Hartley to house the employees who worked in his fruit preservative factory at Fazakerley. His Surrey born Father Allen, worked at this location, as a Foreman, while his Mother Frances, looked the Villa that had been allotted to them. The 1911 census reveal that Herbert is living, with his parents, at this location and is working as Railway Clerk. He was playing amateur football with Zingari League side Marine when he joined the Army, at the Old Haymarket in Liverpool, on the 22nd of November 1915. He was assigned to the Royal Garrison Artillery and was stationed at Gosport. He appeared at Goodison Park in March 1915 while assisting Southport Central and is first reported to be playing for Everton, 4th of April 1916, in North West regional league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford. When the conflict ended, he signed...
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