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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

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County School Rugby XV, circa 1922-23

from School Archives

Rugby XV, circa 1922

There is no indication on this photograph of date or of names of the players. School House is in the background.
Seated extreme left : Mr E.J. Excell (Games Master); Seated extreme right : Mr Walter Charlton Cox (Headmaster)
Mr Excell was appointed in 1922 and since he seems here to appear younger than he does in all his other photographs, the date must be close to his first arrival at the school.
(This is also about the only time Mr Excell appears in a school photograph when he is smiling!)

If this photograph is of the 1922-23 season, which was Mr. Excell’s first, the boys who gained caps for the season were as follows, and may therefore be present in the photograph:
Brinley Cenydd Erricker (Foundry Town), John Christopher Lloyd Thomas (Abernant), David Edryd Davies (Cwmdare), Augustus Lewis (Cwmaman),
Leonard Stonelake (Foundry Town), Richard Norman Berry (Plasdraw), Edward John Shannon (Gadlys),
Robert William Francis (Maes y Dre, and to become a master in the school 1947-1959), Evan Gwanwyn Davies (Foundry Town), William Isaac James (Trecynon),
William Isaac Evans (Cwmaman), John Benjamin Davies (Foundry Town, and to become a master in the school 1945-1967),
Brynmor Powell Thomas (Cwmaman), David William Walters (Taff Vale House), Ceidrych Emlyn Davies (Cwmaman).