The Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy is awarded to the fastest female senior swimmer in the 800m Freestyle at the ASA National Championships.
History of the Brigadier Godfrey de Vere Welchman Memorial Trophy
Brigadier Welchman was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery from RMA Woolwich in 1914 and served in France, Gallipoli and Mesopotamia.
Between the wars, his postings included instructor at the School of Artillery and Assistant Superintendent at the Shoeburyness Experimental Establishment.
In 1939 he was commanding 28 Field Regiment in India, taking his regiment to East Africa as part of 5th Indian Division, supporting 10 Indian Brigade, commanded by Brigadier WE Slim. Both Welchman and Slim were lightly wounded in the same Italian air attack.
Welchman re-joined his regiment in time for the Keren battle. He returned to India and became Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA) of 17th Indian Division in India and Burma and then Commander, Corps Royal Artillery (CCRA) of Slim’s 1st Burma Corps before finally becoming Brigadier, Royal Artillery (BRA) of the 14th Army, where he remained for the rest of the war.
Welchman assumed the duties of hon secretary in 1926 of the Army Swimming Union and held this post for 10 years, during which he accomplished invaluable work in helping to raise the standard of Army swimming.
In 1953, he was elected ASA President, having been nominated by the Western Counties ASA. This is an honour no other serving or former Army Swimming Union individual had matched before or has matched since.