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Name  Thomas Hollingdale

Education  King's College London
Died  April 14, 1978, Hounslow, United Kingdom

The Rev Thomas "Tom" Henry Hollingdale AKC (12 November 1900 – 14 April 1978), was a Church of England cleric and Wales international rugby player.


Rugby career

Thomas Hollingdale was born in Waunarlwydd on 12 November 1900. He attended Waunarlwydd School and Gowerton County School. He played his club rugby for Ammanford and Neath and captained Glamorganshire. In September 1927, he played for a combined Aberavon and Neath XV against the touring New South Wales Waratahs and a few weeks later, played for Wales against the Waratahs - this is now treated as a full international. He was capped in total six times for Wales in the late 1920s. On 26 November 1930 he played for a Welsh International XV against Reading, but never again represented his country.

International matches played

  •  Australia 1927
  •  France 1928
  •  Scotland 1928
  •  Ireland 1928
  •  England 1928, 1930
  • Subsequent career

    Hollingdale was employed in the local steel works and later as a policeman (PC number 22 on the Neath Police Force), before studying theology at King's College London, where he became an Associate of King's College (AKC). Following his ordination, he worked as a curate in Upminster and subsequently as vicar of the parish of Stratford in East London. From 1948 to 1959 he was vicar of St Peter's, Colchester — a living controlled by the Simeon Trust. During this time he contributed articles to rugby magazines and other publications and was President of Colchester RFC. Thereafter, he became rector of the parish of Copford, Essex until he retired in 1968.

    He married Leah Williams in April 1921 at Swansea and they had three daughters - Joan, Mercia and Muriel (who was known by her second name, Shirley).

    He died on 14 April 1978 in Hounslow.


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