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Arthur Wilson

(1886-1917) - Rugby star

The Camborne School of Mines school magazine described Arthur Wilson as a ‘fine leader of the pack’. While studying he also played rugby and, in 1908, helped Cornwall win their first County Championship as well as an Olympic silver medal. Arthur served in the Royal Fusiliers and was killed: his resting place remains unknown.

Credit: Camborne School of Mines, Archives & Special Collections, Penryn Campus

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A J Wilson was every inch the rugby star, playing for Cornwall on 17 occasions during his time at Camborne School of Mines (CSM). The CSM School Magazine described him as a ‘fine leader of the pack’, and he proved this by helping Cornwall win their first County Championship in 1908 – an achievement not repeated until 1991. The Team, which also included Bert Solomon, went on to represent Great Britain in the 1908 Olympics at White City, London.  Winning the Silver Medal after a 32-3 defeat from Australia’s second eleven, the ball became sodden due to frequent immersions in the swimming pool which was next door to the rugby pitch. 

Arthur studied at Camborne School of Mines from 1906-1910 and used the training facilities which can still be seen at King Edward Mine.  Like many CSM students, Arthur travelled the world, working in Gold Mines in Ghana. During the First World War he served in the Royal Fusiliers. His death aged 29, in the Ypres area, is recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as 31 July 1917. He has no known resting place although his name is included on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Key words: casualty, mining

Credit: Camborne School of Mines, Archives & Special Collections, Penryn Campus