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WILLIAMS , JOHN LEWIS ( 1882 - 1916 ), Wales and Cardiff Rugby wing three-quarter, and coal exporter (Greenslade and Williams) ;

b. 3 Jan. 1882 , the son of Edward Williams , Llwyncelyn , Whitchurch , Cardiff . He was one of the principals in the firm of Messrs. Greenslade and Williams , coal exporters , Cardiff Docks . After playing rugby for Whitchurch he joined the Cardiff club and played his first game for them in 1903 . In 1909-10 he captained the Cardiff XV . He played for Wales seventeen times between 1906 and 1911 , in which year he retired. He was a member of the British team that toured New Zealand and Australia in 1908 and wrote to the South Wales Daily News and South Wales Echo a series of articles describing incidents on that tour. In the first World War he went to France with a service battalion of the Welch Regiment and held the rank of captain . He d. 12 July 1916 from wounds received in action .


  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections (1948) , 117;
  • South Wales Daily News , 14 July 1916 ;
  • Western Mail , 14 July 1916 ;
  • The Times , 14 July 1916.


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959