Can anybody help ?
The famous Grand National jump Becher's Brook, took its name from Capt Martin William Becher who fell at the very first Grand National in 1839 and thus christened the famous jump has been known as Becher's Brook ever since.
Capt Martin William was the son of William Becher who held a commission in the 31st [Huntingdonshire] Regiment and retired on half pay to become a farmer and horsedealer in Docking, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk.
Capt Becher died in 1864 at 21 Maida Hill, Paddington, London aged 67. He married Susan Dobrée 14.8.1835 dau of John Richards Dobrée and Catherine Susannah Ward. There were at least two sons.
Although Capt Becher's riding career is well documented, his parentage is unclear and his mother's name hasn't been found.
It is also believed that Capt Becher had connections a branch of the Bechers living in Wokingham, Berkshire. Can anybody verify this ?
Any further biographical information would be much appreciated!!
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