Charles Taylor
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World War One rugby roll of honour: Charles Taylor

There were 13 Welsh rugby internationals who lost their lives in World War One. But who were they?

Born in 1863 in Ruabon, north Wales, he played for played for HMS Marlborough, London Welsh and Blackheath.

He had a long career in the Royal Navy, where at the time of the outbreak of World War One he was an engineer captain. Serving first on the Queen Mary, he was on HMS Tiger when he died in the Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915 during a battle with a German cruiser. He was aged 51 and was the first Welsh international to die in the war.

Rugby historian Gwyn Prescott talks about his career and war service, which led to his death in one of the first major naval battles.

  • 14 Aug 2014
  • From the section Wales