Update -  19th February 2016

We have just received a much better copy of this photograph from our old friend Patrick "Pat" McBride which you can see below the one we first published.  Many thanks to Pat who clearly dug into his archives to locate it.  Pat also sent us a copy of a Royal Gazette sports article dated April 16th 1973 which I believe is the report on the match played on the day this photo was taken.  The article is headlined,"Teachers Shattered by Powerful Police" and provides details of the match in which the Police team enjoyed an outstanding victory over the arch rivals with a final score of 28-3 despite the police officers having just finished several weeks of working 12 hour shifts due to civil disturbances.  (I'm havinbg a problem scanning the article but will publish it below as soon at the problem is resolved.

Once again, many thanks to Pat for the photo and the article.

We are not handing out prizes for guessing that this is a rugby team photograph but we wanted to know what year it was taken,  what are the trophies on display, and who are the guys in the photo.  We also asked if you could if tell us which members of the team are no longer with us, and also which members were civilians, and where are those members who have left Bermuda to reside elsewhere?

This is not the clearest photo so we provided you with two blow-ups to assist you on picking out who is who. If you happen to have a better copy of it we would appreciate you sending it to us.

And it is a civilian member of the team, John Price, who has provided most of the informtation including most of the names, with one question mark as to whether the plyer 2nd from right on the front row is Paul Pedlow.  John is not sure about all the trophies on display but this was clearly a great year for the Police Rugby Team.  

John points out that "Rummy" Lunn (The Godfather) and he are the odd ones out with a second XV shirt and that civilians (at that time) were Dave Lunn, Bill Nixon, John Price, Tom Gallagher, and Paul Pedlow. And now residing elsewhere, to my knowledge are Bill "The Butcher" Nixon, Portadown, Northern Ireland; John Arlott, Leicestershire; Dai "Duck, Duck" Thomas, Staines, Middlesex ; John Price, Spain & Shropshire; Colin McKenzie, Canada; Colin Macdonald, West Midlands; Ken "2 rags" Vanthal, Barnet, North London.
 
Many thanks to John who regularly stays in touch with us.

 

 

 
 
 
Police Rugby Team 1971
Back Row (l-r) Dave Garland, Dave Lunn, Bill Buchanan, Bill Nixon, John Arlott, 
Dai Thomas, Moby Pett, Peter Counsell, John Price, John Williams
 
Front Row - Howard D'Olivera, Phil Every, Pat McBride, Bill Butterworth, John van de Weg, 
Colin McKenzie, Tom Gallagher, Colin Macdonald, probably Paul Pedlow, Ken Van Thal
 
 
 
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#5 Davie Kerr 2015-10-13 05:03
John, I bow to your superior knowledge!
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#4 Davie Kerr 2015-10-12 04:35
Between Colin and Ken in the front row; possibly Eric Boardman?
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#3 John Price 2015-10-10 08:19
General consensus seems to be that the missing name is Paul Pedlow, before his hair cut!
Another civilian, was a manager at Elbow Beach Hotel and went from there to the West Indies to the La Semana(?) hotel.
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#2 John Price 2015-10-09 04:38
No longer with us, to my knowledge-Bill Buchanan, John Williams, Tom Gallagher, all leaving us with good memories of great times and teams.
Trophies-my illustrious former team mates will have better knowledge than me but I think Nicholl Shield on the right.
Year 1971, I think, as Rummy Lunn (The Godfather) and I are the odd ones out with a second XV shirt.
Civilians (at that time)-Dave Lunn, Bill Nixon, John Price, Tom Gallagher
Now residing elsewhere, to my knowledge-Bill the butcher Nixon, Portadown, Nothern Ireland; John Arlott, Leicestershire; Dai duck, duck Thomas, Staines, Middlesex ; John Price, Spain & Shropshire; Colin McKenzie, Canada; Colin Macdonald, West Midlands; Ken 2 rags Vanthal, Barnet, north London
Haven't seen that photo before but no idea where it was taken (presumably at PRC ext 261) & why. Thanks for putting it on the web.
No doubt all my old mates can fill in my gaps of knowledge here.

Editors note - John has rightly pointed out that Dave Lunn was a civilian by then, but he had of course served in the Bermuda Police from 1959 - 1968 and was still a valuable member of the team.

Great info John. Many thanks.
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#1 John Price 2015-10-09 04:14
Back row, L-R
Dave Garland, Dave Lunn, Bill Buchanan, Bill Nixon, John Arlott, Dai Thomas, Moby Pett, Peter Counsell, John Price, John Williams
Front row, L-R
Howard D'Olivera, Phil Every, Pat McBride, Bill Butterworth, John van de Weg, Colin McKenzie, Tom Gallagher, Colin Macdonald, ? , Ken Vanthal
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