Category Archives: England

The England International who was sunk at Jutland…

Sydney Coopper was secretary of the RFU from 1924 to 1947.  In 1916 his ship was sunk during the nighttime exchanges during the Battle of Jutland.  Coopper survived.  This is the story of what happened that night on board HMS Sparrowhawk… Continue reading

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Naval Special Ops – Arthur Harrison and the Zeebrugge Raid

At midnight on the 22nd April 1918 Lieutenant Commander Harrison was in position outside the bridge on board the HMS Vindictive, as it floated silently towards the Zeebrugge Mole shrouded in smoke…  Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Reginald Harry Myburgh “Reggie” Hands (England) 20/04/1918

Lest We Forget – Reginald Harry Myburgh “Reggie” Hands (England) 20/04/1918 Continue reading

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Lest We Forget – Harold Hodges (England) 24/03/1918

…Hodges attempted to fight his way back out of the building with a handgun… Continue reading

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LAST CHANCE TO SEE! Mini Exhibition: Unlikely Alliances

In times of celebration or commemoration, rugby matches involving combined teams, such as England & Wales and Scotland & Ireland, have taken place to mark the occasion. Currently on display at the World Rugby Museum, this mini exhibition takes a … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Story of Humphrey Luya

Both escapees were tall and blond, leading their ‘liberators’ to conclude that they were Nazis in disguise…  Continue reading

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The Man Who Wore the World’s Oldest International Rugby Jersey

John Henry Clayton only played one international match of rugby in his life, but it was a match to be remembered.  On March 27th 1871, Clayton, along with nineteen other Englishmen, would take on a Scottish Twenty at Raeburn Place … Continue reading

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