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Lydney Grammar School Rugby XV 1934-35 season.

Lgs 1935

LGS Rugby VX 1934-35

A.W. Luker, W. Whereat, G. J. Watts, Mr White, J. C. Burch -The Headmaster, Joe Elison - Sports Master, H S Wilks, I Davis, S H Bennett.
R J Coates, N W Powell, K O Turner, Dennis Saunders, S M Jackson
F B Phelps, I W Price, W Estcourt, A Hayden

Doug Saunders added (April 2011): "... 2nd from the right, middle row. D Saunders. I recognize this man as being my father Dennis Saunders. I remember him telling me of his days at Lydney Grammar School Rugby XV. I went on to follow in his footsteps and play for Bristol Youth XV and Avon and Somerset Police XV. I now live in Devon ...".

Pauline Haines added May 2011): "... D Saunders Middle Row 2nd from the right. Thank you what a lovely surprise at last myself brothers and sisters have seen a photo of our dad in his youth. We knew he played for Lydney Grammer school rugby team around 1934. He then went on to play for the Lydney Hornets and later played for the Glosters regiment and his battalion".

Paul Headington added (May 2011): "... 2nd Right Middle Row is Dennis Victor Saunders my grandfather. Dennis joined the Army Gloucestershire Regt where he played rugby for his Battalion and his Regiment. He then transferred to the Reconnaissance Corps 52nd Lowland, the elite of the Royal Armoured Corps and was involved in operation Market Garden the invasion of Belgium and Holland during WW2. He deployed to Europe on the first wave in a glider and drove a Bren Gun Carrier. Like my grandfather and uncle I have a great love of rugby and have a full career in the Royal Marines and Army where I have also specialised in Reconnaissance. Dennis followed his Uncle Victor into the Glosters. Victor was killed at the Battle of the Somme and is recorded on Lydney War Memorial. Victor is buried in a war grave in Peronne Northern France".

Thanks also to H J Warren.

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