DACE, VERA (Vera Sybil Dace)
Born 03 December 1921 in Southwark, London
Died 09 July 1995
Married Arthur H “Tommy” (AKA “Thomo’) Thomas, August 1947
Played Wimbledon from 1946-1948, 1951-53, and 1955-1960. Her overall record was 6 wins and 11 defeats, defaulting in 1955. She made the 3R in 1952.
Entered the French Championship in 1946.
Dace was a member of the Beckenham Club.
She is best known as a table tennis player, winning the world doubles title and runner-up in singles in 1948. Husband played cricket. A geneology website indicates they had a daughter. she missed the Championships in 1954, so perhaps this is the year of her daughter's birth.
From a newspaper report of 25 April 1947: "Miss Vera Dace, British tennis star and co-holder of the world table tennis title for women's doubles, is to marry Mr Arthur H. Thomas, a well-known Beckenham sportsman. Miss Dace, a south London [?] girl, learnt her tennis by back garden practice, and her table tennis by playing in local halls. She is a left-hander, at present competing in the Surrey Hard Court Championships.
"This tennis romance began six weeks ago when Miss Dace and Mr Thomas met at Bromley Hill Squash Club [in London]. They were introduced by Brian Phillips, one of the best squash racket players in the country."
Her DBB comes from infomation obtained via ancestry.com and includes voter registration (with address) and marriage information.
Latterly living in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
Probate was in Brighton.
Geneology site listing 1921 as date of birth --she had a daughter.
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[Thanks to Jimbo, Newmark and Rosamund information on this player]