William (Bill) Druce

Bill Druce

This is taken from the obituary in The Guernsey Press by Herbert Winterflood on 7 July 2014

Bill Druce, who has died at the age of 90, crammed a tremendous amount of activity into his long life and certainly left his mark on Guernsey, notably through his working and sporting activities. John Ozanne played a lot of golf with Bill and remembers him being appointed captain of the Royal Guernsey Golf Club. Bill Robilliard played cricket with Bill, who was captain of the Guernsey Cricket League team, and recalled that he played for the successful Pessimists. Back in 1955, an Evening Press journalist wrote, ‘Bill Druce would be on the final shortlist in a poll to decide the all-round sportsman of Guernsey. He has reached the top of badminton, cricket, table-tennis, football and softball.’

His keenness on the sports field was illustrated when, on one day in 1951, he helped Northerners to win the Wheway final in Jersey, then flew back to Guernsey to win the men’s singles badminton championship. That same evening he played in the mixed and men’s doubles finals as well, such was his stamina in those far-off days. He flourished in all sports in which he took part.

He played cricket for Pessimists and the GICC, taking part in most of the important matches. He never wasted  a moment and used his organising and sporting talents to the full, helped by a congenial personality which carried him through life.

He played 8 times for Guernsey appearing in the first inter-insular encounter in 1950. He scored 142 runs in 7 innings with a creditable average of 28.4 in the days before covers. His highest score was 71 in 1953 at Victoria College in a total of 245 for 9 declared but still lost by 2 wickets. His other score of over 50 was in 1959 at College Field where Guernsey scored 218 and Jersey held out for a draw on 214 for 8. He also took 4 catches and bowled 1 over which yielded 11 runs.