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Did a British beach boy who gave Kaiser Bill a bloody nose inadvertently start the First World War

Did a British beach boy who gave Kaiser Bill a bloody nose inadvertently start the First World War

The seeds of the First World War could have been sewn not by European rivalries but by a punch on a Devon beach.

Alf Price was 16 when he gave the future German emperor a bloody nose in an encounter that’s been all but forgotten.

But the humbling of the future Kaiser Wilhelm II by a younger Englishman has been blamed by historians for fuelling his hatred of the British and making him eager to go to war.

And now rare photos of Alf have been unearthed in archives set to go on display at Ilfracombe Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of Britain’s conflict with Germany in August 1914.

In 1916, at the height of the conflict, Devon poet WH Coates wrote a poem about the scrap which was circulated among British soldiers to boost morale.

It was called "Why the Kaiser Hates England. Or, What Happened at Rapparee".

"He knocked the Kaiser on the nose. And tapped the r’yal blid,

"And then he bashed ‘n in his eye, upon me word he did."

The poem describes how Wilhelm vowed revenge saying: "Mine friend! You’ll rue this day / For what you’ve done t’mine poor nose."

The pair had rowed after Wilhelm,
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Beach attendant Alf ordered Wilhelm to stop misbehaving.

The young man who was to rule as German Emperor then branded Alf a "peasant" and ordered him to back down.

But Alf replied saying: "I don’t care a dash who you are stop chucking stones or it will be the worse for you."

He then punched Wilhelm on the nose before the Prince’s entourage broke up the fight,
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They reportedly paid Alf "30 bob" equal to today to keep quiet about the encounter.

Sara Hodson museum manager, said: "Alf grew up to make his money from Rapparee Beach,
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"He and his family were well known in the town and Alf was certainly known after the incident on the beach.

"Ilfracombe at this time was a premier resort and all sorts of well to do people would visit."

Alf, who died in 1923, told friends his greatest achievement was inflicting a bloody nose on the Kaiser.

Wilhelm, who was Queen Victoria’s grandson, alienated Britain with his naval expansion, aggressive colonial policy and support for the Boers in their fight against the British.

One historian said: "The half German side of him was at war with the half English side.

"He was wildly jealous of the British, wanting to be British, wanting to be better at being British than the British were, while at the same time hating them and resenting them."

Kaiser Wilhelm was the last German Emperor.

His English mother Vicky was the daughter of Queen Victoria,
ugg boots uk wholesale. Wilhelm was born with a withered left arm after a traumatic breech birth in 1859.

His support for Austria Hungary in the July 1914 crisis led to World War One.

He ruled the German Empire and Kingdom of Prussia from 1888 but was an ineffective war leader and abdicated in November 1918 after losing the support of the army.

One historian said: "From the outset, the half German side of him was at war with the half English side.

"He was wildly jealous of the British, wanting to be British, wanting to be better at being British than the British were, while at the same time hating them and resenting them because he never could be fully accepted by them."

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