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Ellison Fuller-Eberle


Ellison Fuller-Eberle. Born 4th July 1883. Clifton College 1894-1899.

Above Clifton RFC Captain Ellison Fuller-Eberle (1907-09)

Back Row (L-R): W.T.Pearce, J.W.Jarman (Bristol), E.S.Bostock-Smith (President), R.A.Roberts (Hon.Sec.), C.J.Woolf. Standing: F.J.Hannam (Clifton), A.E.Wood, W.Johns (Gloucester), J.Nelmes, V.F.Eberle (Clifton), H.Quixley, A.Hall, A.Redding (Cinderford), A.Hudson, J.H.Tratt. Seated: J.Hart (Hon.Treas), E.F.Eberle (Clifton), G.Cook (Gloucester), D.Hollands, J.L.Matthias (Bristol) (Captain), A.Teague, F.Niblett, J.Hyndham (Cinderford), C.E.Brown (Vice-Pres)

Above the Gloucestershire side that played Cornwall on 20th February 1908, in front of 4,000 spectators, with Cliftons Victor and Ellison Fuller-Eberle. Cornwall, despite playing with only 14 men for 60 minutes, won by 3 goals to 1 penalty goal. Cornwall went on to beat Durham 17-3 on March 28th 1908 to win the County Championship. They then represented England in the Olympic Games at White City Stadium on October 26th and 27th, 1908. They lost the final to Australia 32-3 and were awarded the Silver Medal

Back Row (L-R): C.E.Brown (Vive-President), R.A.Roberts (Hon.Sec.), E.S.Bostock-Smith (President), H.Lowther, C.J.Woolf. Standing: ?, V.Fuller-Eberle (Clifton), W.W.Hoskin (Clifton), F.Feltham (Bristol), A.Redding (Cinderford), H.Berry (Gloucester), A.Teague (Cinderford), J.H.Tratt. Sitting: ?, E.Fuller-Eberle (Clifton), J.Hyndham (Cinderford), W.Johns (Gloucester), A.Hudson (Gloucester) (Captain), ?, B.Davy (Cheltenham), W.Stichcombe (Lydney), M.A.Neale (Bristol), J.Hart (Hon.Treas). On Ground: D.R.Gent (Gloucester), ?.

To identify J.L.Matthias (Bristol), T. Elliot (Gloucester)

Above a photograph of the Gloucestershire side that played Australia on 1st October 1908 at Kingsholm, Gloucester with Clifton's Worthington Wynn Hoskin, Victor and Ellison Fuller-Eberle.

During World War 1 he was with the 7th Somerset Light Infantry.

Back Row (L-R): H.Merrick, C.M.Welsby, F.E.Metcalfe, A.J.Gardner, R.L.Austin, E.J.G.Higham, R.Lowe, F.Ellerton, M.H.Laxton. Front Row: G.F.Eberle, A.Gardiner, D.A.Clark, E.F.Eberle, V.F.Eberle. On Ground: G.V.Gibbs, R.S.Witchell.

Above the Old Members XV 1919-20 who played the Present XV.

Ellison's engagement was announced in The Times on 31st October 1928. It said


The engagement is announced between Ellison Fuller Eberle, second son of Mr. and Mrs J. Fuller Eberle, of Clifton, Bristol, and Margaret Anne Proctor, youngest daughter of the late George Alfred Wills and Susan Britton Wills, of Burwalls, Leigh Woods, Bristol.

Above Burwalls House. Now University of Bristol's Centre for Continuing Education

They were married on February 6th 1929 at St. Mary's, Leigh Woods, Bristol. Owing to a family bereavement no invitatons were sent out.

In 1932, after Sir George Wills' death, they bought Goldney House, Clifton from Sir George's trustees.

Margaret Fuller Ebele died on 30th March 1950.

In 1956, in accordance with his late wife's wish. he sold Goldney House to Bristol University and it became student accommodation.

Above Goldney House, Clifton. Now a Hall of Residence for Bristol University.

Ellison died on 2nd May 1968