World Rugby Museum announces new exhibition ‘Lest We Forget’ dedicated to fallen rugby heroes of the First World War
Lest We Forget – Rugby and the First World War 5th May – 1st September, 2015
World Rugby Museum is proud to announce its forthcoming exhibition; ‘Lest We Forget – Rugby and the First World War’. Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the death of Ronald Poulton Palmer, England’s Grand-Slam winning captain from the 1914 season, this exhibition is dedicated to the memory of all rugby players who fought and died in the First World War.
Many people believed that rugby’s values – patriotism, physical fitness, comradeship, fair play and discipline – reflected those of the armed services and the allied cause. Rugby players were often held up as models for others in society to follow.
Featuring stories of rugby players from many different countries, and all levels of the game, the exhibition is an opportunity to view many unique objects and images brought together for the first time in this unique exhibition
Michael Rowe, World Rugby Museum Curator today said: ‘The First World War had a huge impact on society in England and Europe. There were strong links between rugby and the armed forces with many representative rugby players at the time fighting in the war. This exhibition is about commemorating fallen heroes and bringing to life their stories. ”
‘So long as I don’t disgrace the old Rugby game, I don’t think I mind’.
Last letter written before being killed in action, August 1916. Jack King, England international.