Day 1 Lot 137

1939 Scarce Scotland v England Rugby Programme: The...

Auction Date: 21/04/2021 at 10am

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1939 Scarce Scotland v England Rugby Programme: The Scots had gone from war to war with barely a change to programme layout, that familiar slim orange 8pp issue with Forsyth’s ad to back cover; the same could not be said for their team numbering, which, once they eventually allowed it, seemed to change every game! This was to prove the last international game before the Second World War. Although seven would return to international rugby after it, six players who took part in the game, four of them airmen, would lose their lives on active service. Both fullbacks, Scotland's George Roberts as a Japanese PoW & England's Ernest Parsons from NZ, whose only test that was; a bomber pilot, he won the DFC but was to die over Italy in 1940, just one day before England prop and airman Derek Teden. From the back rows, Scotland's Donald Mackenzie, RAF, and England's Robert Marshall, Navy, DSC and bar, were to perish while Scotland scrum-half Tommy Dorward was to prove another RAF fatality. Historic and in very good condition

Hammer Price: £55.00