GP Mayne – Saracens and Southgate School

George Perraton Mayne was born on 28 December 1885 and grew up in Penzance, Cornwall. His family seems to have been struck by the loss of the male figures in the household, as both his grandmother Frances Perraton and mother Frances Mayne are already widowed by 1891. He and his younger brother William grew up…

John Stanley Greer Goes to War…

War broke out at the height of J.S. Greer’s playing career at Saracens, as we have seen, where playing as 1st XV half-back, he was repeatedly identified as a leading member of the squad. Once war had been declared, Stanley (as he was known by his family) volunteered for active service at Shoreham on 12th…

WJ Irving – The Saracens Captain Who Never Was….

As we have already seen, the sport of rugby moved quickly to suspend participation upon the outbreak of the First World War, with the RFU Committee recording their decision on 4th September 1914 that “Club and County fixtures arranged for this season be cancelled and that, all being well, they should be carried over to…

Percy Heddon – A Bristol-Born Saracen

Percy Heddon makes his first appearance in our surviving Club records in the team photo of 1912-13, where he is standing between AL Baker and DH Keith and behind two especially long-serving players CJ Leach and WA Andrew. His earliest recorded match for the 1st XV was on 26th October 1912, where he played as…