Victor Pike

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Victor Pike
Full name Victor Joseph Pike
Date of birth (1907-07-01)1 July 1907
Place of birth Thurles, Ireland
Date of death 25 February 1986(1986-02-25) (aged 78)
Place of death Salisbury, England
University Trinity College, Dublin
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1931-1934 Ireland 13 (3)

Victor Joseph Pike, CB, CBE[1] (born 1 July 1907[2] and died 25 February 1986) was the Anglican Bishop of Sherborne [3] in the second quarter of the 20th century. Pike was also an international rugby union player and represented Ireland in thirteen matches.[4]

Personal history[edit]

Pike was born in Thurles, North Tipperary in 1907. The son of clergyman William Pike and Florence Surridge, he was one of 11 children.[5][6] Educated at Trinity College, Dublin and ordained in 1930 his ministry began with a curacy at Dundrum, Dublin after which he began a long spell as a Chaplain in the British Army, rising eventually to become Chaplain-General.[7] After his death a trust was set up to assist the sons and daughters of the clergy.[8]

He married Dorothea Elizabeth Frend, and they had three children, Caroline (b. 1940), Jane (b. 1942) and Simon (b. 1948). In 1966, Caroline married Simon Alexander Bowes-Lyon, first cousin to Elizabeth II.

Rugby career[edit]

Pike came from a sporting family, four of his brothers played rugby union for Lansdowne. His older brother Theodore was the most notable, having represented Ireland as a prop on eight occasions between 1927 and 1928. Pike joined Lansdowne during the 1930/31 season and gained his first international cap, against England, on 14 February 1931. Ireland won narrowly, and Pike retained his place as hooker for the rest of the 1931 Five Nations Championship, a win over Scotland but a loss to tournament winners Wales. In the Scotland match, Pike scored his only international points with a try.

Pike represented Ireland a total of 13 times, all consecutive. He faced the 1931 touring South Africa team, and then played in all nine matches of the 1932, 1933 and 1934 Home Nations Championships. During the 1932/33 season, Pike was chosen to play for invitational touring team, the Barbarians.[9]


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Who was Who1897-2007: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Bishop Of Sherborne Appointment Of The Ven. V. J. Pike (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Wednesday, Feb 17, 1960; pg. 12; Issue 54697; col D
  4. ^ "Victor Pike player profile". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Victor Pike". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Venerable Victor Joseph Pike". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  7. ^ New Chaplain-General (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Monday, Jul 16, 1951; pg. 4; Issue 52054; col D
  8. ^ Detailsof trust
  9. ^ Starmer-Smith, Nigel (1977). The Barbarians. Macdonald & Jane's Publishers. p. 228. ISBN 0-8600-7552-4. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Maurice Key
Bishop of Sherborne
1960 –1976
Succeeded by
John Dudley Galtrey Kirkham