James Baxter : Rugby Player

Discussion in 'Sportsmen & women' started by Dolphin, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin New Member

    This is one of a series of posts to mark the international Rugby players who served in, and survived, The Great War. If anyone has further information on the men concerned, I’d be most grateful if it could be added to the thread.


    Baxter, James (‘Bim’) played for England

    Internationals: 3 : 1900 W- I+ S=

    James Baxter was born on 8 June 1870

    Played as a Forward for: Liverpool Institute, Birkenhead Park, Barbarians, Cheshire (27 caps)

    Profession: Insurance Company Manager.

    War service: Lieutenant Commander, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve from less than 48 hours after the declaration of War.

    Remarks: Captain of Birkenhead Park while the club lost only 10 out of 85 matches played; President 1903-1940. Played for Barbarians: v Exeter (0-12), v Newport (0-16) in 1898, v Cardiff (3-27) in 1899. First Chairman of Liverpool and District Referees’ Society. Refereed 6 Internationals 1920-1925 – Scotland v Ireland 1920, Wales v Scotland, Ireland v Scotland 1921, Wales v Scotland 1923, Wales v Scotland, Ireland v Wales 1925. RFU selector and President 1926-1927. Senior Vice-President 1925-1926. Manager of the England tour to Argentina in 1927 and the British Isles tour to New Zealand and Australia in 1930. Member of the International Board 1926-1939. Captain of Mersey Rowing Club. Won the Bronze Medal for Yachting at the 1908 Olympics as a crew member of the 12 metre Mouchette. Captain of Royal Liverpool Golf Club 1926; President of the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs 1929.

    He died on 5 July 1940, in Rock Ferry, Cheshire

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