William Richard Arnold (rugby player)
W. R. Arnold
|Full name||William Richard Arnold|
|Date of birth||7 July 1881|
|Place of birth||Morriston, Wales Wales|
|Date of death||30 July 1957(aged 76)|
|Place of death||Morriston, Wales|
|Occupation(s)||architect and surveyor|
|Rugby union career|
Arnold was the son of Thomas Arnold, co-proprietor of the Glanyrafon Tinplate Works, Clydach, Glamorgan and Arnold himself lived in Morriston, near Swansea, Glamorgan. By profession, Arnold was an architect and surveyor. As a rugby player, Arnold played at club level for Morriston, Llanelli, Swansea, Neath, London Welsh and Glamorgan. He weighed between 8 stone 7 pounds (119 pounds) and 9 stone (126 pounds).
During the 1902-3 season Arnold scored 35 tries for Llanelli. At Swansea in the following season he scored a further 32 tries. He played in the unbeaten Swansea side in 1904-5. Arnold was picked for Glamorgan in its match against New Zealand in December 1905 and he also played for Llanelli against South Africa in 1906 and was part of the Llanelli team that beat the 1908 touring Australian team.
W R Arnold was also the composer, published in 1913 under the pseudonym "R. Arnold Williamson", of a waltz for piano entitled Valse Millicent in honour of his daughter Millicent Margaret Arnold, (later Mrs Gordon Griffiths).
He was twice married: first to Annie Gertrude Jones, daughter of Thomas Hughes Jones of Uplands House, Morriston and second (after the death of his first wife in 1923) to her sister, Evelyn Maud Jones. His daughter Millicent was from his first marriage; he also had a son by his second marriage.
He died in Morriston on 30 July 1957.
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