Dyer, Henry

Birth Date

21st December 1887


Jhansi, India

Biographical Text

Henry ‘Harry’ Dyer played for Exeter City in the Plymouth and District League before the club turned professional in 1908. An Exeter-born player, he was to die in the Titanic disaster in 1912. 

Formerly with Exeter Argyle before the club disbanded, he joined City in 1907 along with former teammates William Stoneman and William Letheren. After impressing in the public practice match on 30 August 1907 as a full-back, he made his debut at Gunnislake on 3 October 1907. 

Appearing eleven times in the league during City’s last season as an amateur club, his association with the Grecians soon finished as he left the area to take up employment with the White Star line based in Southampton. After working on the Adriatic and the  Olympic, he was appointed as a “senior assistant (fourth)” on the Titanic only to lose his life in the sinking in 1912. .

Born in India, where his father was serving with the Devonshire Regiment, he became an apprentice with Willey’s (the Exeter gas meter manufacturer) on leaving school. Around the time he was playing at St James’ Park he lived nearby in Mount Pleasant Road.

There is a memorial to Henry Dyer in the Higher Cemetery in Exeter whilst he is also remembered on various maritime memorials in Glasgow, Liverpool and Southampton.





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