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Ashton, Eric (1935–2008), rugby league player, was born on 24 January 1935 at 87 Mulberry Avenue, St Helens, Lancashire, the only son of Ernest Ashton, a glassworks labourer, and his wife, Sarah, née Dixon. He attended Rivington Road high school in St Helens...

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Bancroft, William James (1871–1959), rugby player and cricketer, was born on 2 March 1871 in the Carmarthen Arms, Waterloo Street, Swansea, Glamorgan, the eldest of the eleven children of William Bancroft (1848–1906), cobbler and cricket professional, and his wife, Emma Jones. At two years of age ...

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Bannerman, John Macdonald, Baron Bannerman of Kildonan (1901–1969), politician and rugby player, was born at 71 Seymour Street, Crossmyloof, Glasgow, on 1 September 1901, the son of John Roderick Bannerman (d. 1938), who was originally from South Uist, and his wife, Mary Macdonald (...

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Batten, William (1889–1959), rugby player, was born on 26 May 1889 at 9 Gorton Terrace, Kinsley, Hemsworth, Yorkshire, the son of James Batten (1848–1910), a coalminer, and his wife, Ann, née Hughes. He played rugby as a junior with Kinsley and Ackworth United...

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Bush, Percy Frank (1879–1955), rugby player, was born at 37 Rawdon Place, Cardiff, on 23 June 1879, the third son of James Bush (1844–1923), headmaster of the Cardiff School of Science and Art, and his wife, Fanny Rogers (1847–1923). He had an elder sister, ...

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Cranmer, Peter (1914–1994), cricketer and rugby player, was born at 18 Westfield Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham, on 10 September 1914, the son of Arthur Henry Cranmer, manager of an insurance company, and his wife, Lilian Annie, née Phillips. He was born into a musical family: his father later became a professional singer, and his younger brother ...

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Davies, (Thomas) Mervyn (1946–2012), rugby union player, was born at Gorseinon Hospital, Swansea, on 9 December 1946, the elder son of David John Davies (1918–1994), fitter and welder, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Betty), née Davies (b. 1920). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Davies, William John Abbott (1890–1967), rugby player, was born on 21 June 1890 in Pembroke, the eldest of the four children and the only son of William George Davies, a shopkeeper, of Pembroke, and his wife, Florence Meyrick. Davies, who was known by the nickname ...

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William Webb Ellis (1806–1872) by unknown engraver, pubd 1854 (after Richard Beard) ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ellis, William Webb (1806–1872), Church of England clergyman and supposed originator of rugby, was born in Salford, Lancashire, on 24 November 1806, the younger of two sons of James Ellis (d. 1812), soldier, who had married Ann Webb at St Peter's, Exeter...

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Finlay, Ninian Jamieson (1858–1936), rugby player, was born at Cherry Bank, Newhaven, near Edinburgh, on 31 January 1858, the youngest son of William Finlay (d. 1886), a physician, and his wife, Ann, née Bannatyne (d. 1862). Robert Bannatyne Finlay, first Viscount Finlay...

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Foster, Trevor John French (1914–2005), rugby league player, was born at the Church House Inn, 14 Portland Street, Newport, Monmouthshire (the childhood home of the poet W. H. Davies), on 3 December 1914, the third son and sixth and youngest child of ...

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Ganley, (William) Bernard (1927–2009), rugby league player, broadcaster, and accountant, was born on 27 January 1927 at 27 Buck Street, Leigh, Lancashire, the son of William Herbert (Bert) Ganley (1890–1970), fruit merchant, and his wife, Anne Mary, née Davies (1895–1970). His father had been a professional rugby league player with ...

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(William) Bernard Ganley (1927–2009) by Edward Woolley, 1958 ? Oldham Evening Chronicle

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Gould, Arthur Joseph (1864–1919), rugby player, was born on 10 October 1864 at 4 Bridge Street, Newport, Monmouthshire, the fourth of the twelve children of Joseph Gould (1833–1892), brass-founder, of Oxford, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Richards, of Newport. He was born into an athletic family. Six of the boys played rugby for ...

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Gravell, Raymond William Robert [Ray] (1951–2007), rugby player, broadcaster, and actor, was born at 36 Station Road, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, on 12 September 1951, the first child of Thomas John (Jac) Gravell (1924–1966), coalminer and amateur rugby player, and his wife, Nina Eileen, née...

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Greenwood, James Thomson [Jim] (1928–2010), teacher, rugby union player, and coach, was born at the Royal Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh, on 2 December 1928, the son of Edward Fort Greenwood, motor engineer, and his wife, Helen Lindsay, née Thomson. He was educated at Dunfermline High School...

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Haig, Edward [Ned] (1858–1939), rugby player, was born at Pleasants in the Scottish borders town of Jedburgh on 7 December 1858, the fifth son of Edward Haig (b. 1812/13), labourer, and his wife, Margaret, née Waugh (b. 1814/15). He attended Jedburgh grammar school...

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Horne, Willie (1922–2001), rugby league player, was born on 23 January 1922 at Risedale Maternity Home, Barrow, the second son and third among the seven children of Alfred Horne, a lathe turner at an engineering works, born in Shipley, Yorkshire, and his wife, ...