Charles Sherrard

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Charles Sherrard
Birth nameCharles William Sherrard
Date of birth25 December 1849
Place of birthLondon[1]
Date of death1938 (registered in December), Bromley, Kent
SchoolRugby School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Forward
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Blackheath
West Kent Football Club
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1871–72  England 2

Charles William Sherrard, RE (25 December 1849 – 1938) was a British Army officer and rugby union international who represented England from 1871 to 1872.[1] Additionally, along with Lieutenant Charles Arthur Crompton RE, he was the first member of the armed forces to represent their national side.[2]

Early life[edit]

Charles Sherrard was born on 25 December 1849 in London, the son of James Corry Sherrard, Esq. of Reigate. He attended Rugby School, and was a member of Hutchinson House, leaving in 1865.[3]

Rugby union career[edit]

Sherrard played for Blackheath F.C., an open membership club originally set up for the old boys of Blackheath Proprietary School, which by the time Sherrard was playing was dominated by old boys from Rugby School, amongst whom was counted Sherrard himself. He was selected for the very first international in 1871, alongside his club captain Frederick Stokes and fellow Royal Engineer Charles Crompton. He made his international debut on 27 March 1871 at Edinburgh in the Scotland and England match.[1] Scotland won that match but Sherrard was also involved in the return match on 5 February 1872 at The Oval which England won.[1]

Army service[edit]

Sherrard was gazetted to the Royal Engineers in 1870 rising to the rank of captain in 1882, through to major in 1888, lieutenant-colonel in 1895 and finally colonel by 1899. He also served as the Instructor in Fortifications, at the Royal School of Military Engineering, in Chatham from 1882-8. He served in the South African War, in 1879 and was decorated with the Medal with Clasp for that campaign. In 1901 he was commanding the Chatham Sub-District and was a member of the United Service Club.[3] After a period on half-pay, he retired from the army on 16 July 1902.[4]

Family and later life[edit]

Sherrard married Clara Maud Brooke, with whom he had six children. Clara died in 1919. He married Elizabeth Ballantyne in 1922, at the age of 73. He died in Bromley, aged 89, in 1938.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Charles Sherrard Profile on
  2. ^ Army Players and International Representation (1871 onwards) Archived 1 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Rugby School; Michell, Arthur Tompson, 1853–1923, RUGBY SCHOOL REGISTER. VOLUME II - FROM AUGUST, 1842, TO JANUARY, 1874.
  4. ^ "No. 27454". The London Gazette. 15 July 1902. p. 4512.
  5. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 20 September 2011.