Charlie Appleby, Hackney 1938-39. Crystal Palace 1939.
IN 1939 Canadian rider Charlie Appleby was just holding down a reserve berth at Crystal Palace after trying his luck the previous season at Hackney. Following the Palace’s closure in mid-season Appleby returned to Waterden Road. Appleby, who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war, died from injuries on October 8, 1946, while a member of the Birmingham team. He was seriously injured in the previous night’s meeting at Newcastle when he crashed when avoiding a rider who had fallen in front of him. During the war, Appleby flew on 150 missions as an air gunner with Bomber Command.