WTA Beare: A Lifetime of Service to Rugby & Journalism

“Forward play as the first consideration, the basis upon which the actions of the whole team should be built.” The words above, taken from the Boys Own Annual 1915/16 leave little room for interpretation on what side of the great rugby union dividing fence President WTA Beare sat! As already discussed in our previous blog,…

Charles Dearing – Our Decorated Hero

Picking up Dearing’s story from our opening chapter, he was not one of our Saracens players to join the first rush to enlist. Given his status as a teacher, this ‘scheduled occupation’ along with clergymen and some industrial workers meant he would have been able to stay at home for the duration of the war,…

A possible Saracen? Alfred (Abraham) Flatau

Of all the potential Saracens we have uncovered so far I have to admit Alfred/Abraham Flatau is one of the most intriguing, and thus a personal favourite. Born in 1875 in the East End to Barnett and Priscilla, Abraham as he was then known, was part of the vibrant Jewish community that used to dominate…