A.F. Engelbach

Engelbach, A.F.We first learn of Archibald Frank Engelbach as a member of the Crystal Palace Club in 1910, playing for the second team in the London league matches, soon being promoted to the first team, where playing with Mrs Barrett he won 17 out of 18 matches.

He served in the Great War in the Middlesex Regiment, but contracted such severe rheumatism in France that his remaining time in the army was passed in England. During this time he was able to get more practice on the badminton court than most of those who had joined the army. He was a member of the Logan Club, and with the resumption of tournaments in 1919 he had become a leading player.

Previous to the war his only success at a Championship had been winning the Richmond Tournament in 1914, although he had reached several finals, but a series of successes began in 1919 when he and George Thomas won the men’s doubles at the London Championships, and with wins at the Hants Championships and Richmond, being followed by the coveted All England Doubles when playing with Mr R. Du Roveray.. He represented England against Ireland during the 1919/20 season.

During the following season he played for the Logan Club partnering Kitty McKane, and contributed to the success of that club when winning the London League shield.  He was unable to defend the All England title in 1921 and although selected was also unable to play in the international match which took place during the tournament - his badminton career was limited by his distinguished career at the Bar, to which he was called by the Middle Temple in 1906. He also used his legal knowledge to assist the Badminton Association.

Mr Engelbach was educated at Dulwich College and was an outstanding all rounder in sport –he won the public schools gymnastic championships in 1898 and was proficient at boxing, cricket, lawn tennis, squash, golf and swimming.

In 1930 he married Violet Maude, also a well known badminton player, daughter of Herbert Baddeley, one of the Baddeley twins, famous in lawn tennis but also involved and successful in badminton, Wilfred Baddeley being President of the Badminton Association 1913 to 1919.
His Honour Archibald Frank Engelman died on December 1961 at his home in London aged 80.