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PRITCHARD , CHARLES MEYRICK ( 1882 - 1916 ), Wales and Newport Rugby forward ;

b. Newport 30 Sept. 1882 , son of John Pritchard , one of the founders of the Newport Rugby Club . He was educated at Long Ashton school and Newport intermediate school . He played his first game for Newport at the age of 19 and held his place in that team for ten seasons and captained his side for three years. Between 1905 and 1910 he played for Wales in fourteen international matches. He continued to play for Newport until the end of the season 1910-11 . He went to France with the South Wales Borderers (3rd Gwents) (Bantams) during the 1914-18 war, and attained the rank of captain . He succumbed to wounds received when in action on 15 Aug. 1916 .

Sources:

  • South Wales Argus , 19 Aug. 1916 ;
  • The Times , 16 Aug. 1916 ;
  • Western Mail , 16 Aug. 1916.

Author:

Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959