Dictionary of Welsh Biography

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

WINFIELD , HERBERT BENJAMIN ( 1879 - 1919 ), Wales and Cardiff Rugby full-back ;

b. 1879 at Leicester , he was brought to Cardiff as a boy by his parents, his father, Ben Winfield , being one of the pioneers of public laundries in South Wales . He was one of the best-known full-backs in the country and he played in that position in the memorable game between Wales and New Zealand on the Cardiff Arms Park in 1905 . He played his first game for Wales against Ireland in 1903 , and when he played his last game for Wales , against Australia , in 1909 , he had been ‘ capped ’ fifteen times. He also captained the Cardiff XV for some time. Winfield was also a first-class golfer , and played in the final of the Welsh Golfing Union Championship in 1912 . When war broke out in 1914 , Winfield was commissioned in the Cardiff City Battalion with which he went to France . He and Gwyn Nicholls (q.v.) were married to two sisters, and they both carried on an extensive laundry business in Cardiff and elsewhere. He d. 21 Sept. 1919 at Porthcawl in a motor-cycle accident .


  • W. J. T. Collins , Rugby Recollections (1948) , 122;
  • Western Mail , The Times, and South Wales News, 22 Sept. 1919 .


Dr Moelwyn Idwal Williams, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959