Dolman W . F.
Awarded Life Membership in 1957
W. F. Dolman,who like his great friend J T Piper, gave a lifetime of service to the cause of Rugby Football. His first game was with Avonvale (or Avondale) on its formation in 1894. He later he played for Bath Hornets. He took up referreeing shortly after, was a founder member of the Bath Rugby Referees Association and was its President for many years. He served as an Examiner on the County Referees Examination Panel and was elected a patron of the County R.F.U for his services.
He was a founder member of the Bath and District Rugby Combination and the Bath and District Rugby Insurance Fund and was President of both Societies until his death. He was also Chairman and ultimately President of Walcot Old Boys for many years and yet found time to be Hon.Secretary at Oldfield Park R.F.C. At the beginning of the century, that club presented him with a clock when he resigned in 1901.
He was Chairman of Bath Harlequins for many years and later became a Vice -President. He was also Vice-President of Combe Down R.F.C, Avon R.F.C and Bath Civil Service R.F.C and finally a member of Bath Schools Rugby Union from it’s formation until his death in 1959 at the age of 86.