James Bernard Hannah
Born: 10th November 1903 in Rishton, near Blackburn
Education: Kingswood School, Bath
Debut game: 22nd October 1921 v Bridgwater
Final game: 22nd March 1930 v Bristol
Number of Appearances: 93
First played rugby for the Juniors at Kingswood School. In 1918-19-20-21 he played for the school XV and was vice captain in his last season. In 1920 he was “Victor Ludorum”, breaking the 220yds school record (his time was 23 and three fifths sec) and the long jump record with a distance of 20ft 3ins
Leaving school he joined Bath in 1921 and became a regular member of Bath A. In 1921-22-23-24 turning out for the 1st XV 6 times the first season and 9 times in the second season.
James was captain of Radstock Town Cricket Club in 1923 and was Secretary of Radstock swimming Club in 1924. He was also a very keen tennis player and enjoyed billiards
J B was a prolific try scorer, for in 1921-22 he scored 16 tries for the A team, in 1922-23 24 tries for the A team and 2 for the 1st XV. In 1925 he scored 14 tries for the A team and 4 for the 1st XV
J B moved to Taunton in 1925 where he became captain of Taunton YMCA for 2 seasons and played occasionally for Bridgwater
He returned to Bath in 1927 and after a few games with Bath A regained his place in the 1st XV
He played for Somerset against Devon and a Somerset /Gloucester XV v Waratahs
Jimmy was a fine wing for he was exceptionally fast and could dodge well and was a very elusive quantity to tackle.
James was a most good tempered chap who could stand any amount of chaff. He had a ready and facile wit with a penchant for nicknames