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Berry Hill R.F.C. Combination Cup winners 1923

image: Berry Hill RFC 1923

Back Row: Committee- President George Isaiah Gwilliam, Chairman H Dix, Secretary E Ebborn, Treasurer T Jones, F Hawkins, A Wilson, W Morgan, A Martin.
Row 3: J Constable, A Liddington, Alfred James, R Hawkins, Milsom Short, G Jones, John George (Jack) Gwilliam.
Row 2: Arthur Kilminster, W (Bill) Wilson, B Short, J Powell (Captain), C Wilson, L Powell, L Madley.
Front Row: S Fisher, H Morgan

John wrote (April 2007): " ... top left is my other grandfather - George Isaiah known locally as GI. He was the proprietor of mines in the Christchurch area. He also had the grocery shop which was later Baldwin’s Bakery. These premises are now a religious retreat “The House of Bread”.

Dave Nash added (April 2007): "Alfred James was married to my Fathers' sister Kate. They ran a building and undertaking business in Berry Hill for many years before retiring in the early 1960's. Arthur Kilminster was apparently a very good sprinter and ballroom dancer in his day. In 1924, Milsom Short went to play for Gloucester Rugby Club and while playing for them he was approached to play Rugby League. In 1927, after a couple of offers ,he opted to join Hull Rugby League Club.After joining them he played for them for four years".

Forest of Dean Combination cup medal fro 1923

Above: the medal awarded to Harry Morgan (front row right) for the 1922-1923 season. Courtesy of Paul Turner.

The team photo was taken by F N Jones of Coleford and was titled "Berry Hill Rugby Football Club Forest Combination Champions 1922 -1923". The cup is the Forest of Dean Combination Cup.

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