Chaddock Dick

by Geoff Pillinger
Player Richard Chaddock

Richard S Chaddock

Position: Forward

Born: 1896 in Bath



Education: Bath Forum School


Honours: Somerset

Debut game: 17th April 1919 v Burnham

Final game: 15th October 1927 v Plymouth Albion

Number of Appearances: 201

Career details:

Richard was born in 1896 in Bath and spent his early days at Box whence he journeyed daily to Bathforum School.

During his stay at the Bathforum he picked up his ideas of rugby and played for the school team. On leaving school Dick obtained a railway appointment but joined up in November 1914 in the Somerset Light Infantry. In April 1917 he was given a commission in the East Lancashire regiment and later gained the Military Cross.

He played for the Cadet Battalion, Rhyl 1916-1917 and for the Tees Garrison in 1918.

In January 1920 he turned out for Bath and played regularly thereafter. In 1921-22 he was chosen for Somerset v Cornwall and played again in the same fixture the following year.

After the war Dick found the English railways probably too slow for he took to banking as a profession.

As a forward he was excellent in the lineout, his height giving him a great advantage over his opponents. In the loose he was very clever with his feet, keeping wonderful control of the ball in dribbling – a lost art these days

A safe pair of hands, a sure tackler and a very powerful kick.

A direct descendant of Richard Coeur de Lion, Richard was physically the strongest of living men and inaccessible to fear. He had all the indomitable and limitless will of the race of “Rollo”

His other interests was cricket and he was a member of the Bath CC

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