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Club Members 1872-1945


This project aims to eventually identify all club members (playing and non-playing) and guest players. It is being started from 1872 to 1945.


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Name Joined Club Details Photograph
Dacre, Richard Irving 1907-08

Born abt. 1890 Clifton, Bristol. Son of John Dacre, Surgeon, and Lucy Mable (nee Javing). Bristol University. Doctor. Practice at 14 Eaton Crescent, Clifton, Bristol. Lt-Col. RAMC WW1. Married 1925 Cissie M Morse in Paddington, Bristol. Died 1947 Bristol.

Dacre Diaries

Daly, Maurice John Percy


Born 10th January 1916 London. Clifton 1st XV coach. Also played for Old Haberdashers, Harlequins, and Moseley. Captain of Middlesex. Played rugby for Ireland 1938. 35th (First Surrey Rifles) Anti-Aircraft Battalion WW2. Major Air Liaison Officer, North West Europe December 1944. Awarded MBE 1946. Married 14th March 1952 Verity Nayward in Nairobi, Kenya. Played for Ruiru RFC. Played rugby for East Africa 1951. Died 3rd November 1994 Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia.

Danger, Louis Charles 1879-80

Born 1860 Brislington, Somerset. Son of Thomas Danger, Solicitor, and Louisa Caroline Long (nee Fox). Solicitor, Danger & Cartwright, 13 St. Stephens Street, Bristol. Lived at the Knoll, Leigh Woods. Married 1897 Winifred Isabel Barbara Parr in Bristol. Died 13th January 1941 Westhanger Cleve, Somerset. 

Daniel, Harry Augustus Hood 1872-73

Born abt. 1853 Bristol. Son of Henry Daniel, Austioneer and Accountant, and Ellen Ada Phipps (nee Hood). Auctioneer and Appraiser. Father Sherriff of Bristol 1906. Married 2nd October 1875 Margaet H Dunlop in Bristol. Died 15th July 1945 Chichester, Sussex.

Darling, Rev Oliver Warner Guest player 1875 Born 16th December 1853 Trinidad, West Indies. Clifton College 1867-1870. Rector St Stephens and Savannah Grande, Trinidad 1883. Married 1884 Edith Dun in Kinsale, Ireland. Incumbent Wincle 1894-98. Chaplin Dr Barnados Village Home, Ilford 1898. Married 5th September 1900 Violet Caroline L Carr Ellison in Eglingham, Northumberland. Rector Killesk, Duncannon, Waterford, Ireland 1909. Died 20th December 1914 Killesk, Ireland.
Darrell, John Harvey Darrell 1896-97 Born 10th August 1866 Bermuda. Son of Henry Darrell. Cheltenham College 1880-1884. Sandhurst 1886. Lieutenant South Wales Borderers 1887. Transferred to Leicestershire Regiment 1888. Resigned 1888. Died 1955 Hastings, Sussex.  
Daubeny, Edward Cyprian 1905-06

Born 26th September 1884 Cheltenham, Glos. Son of James Francis Daubeny, Captain Royal Irish Regiment, and Eva Law (nee Coleman). Cheltenham College 1896-1903. Engineer for the Great Western Railway. Married Kathleen Marion ?. Died 26th November 1927 Farnwood House, Gloucester. 

Daubeny, G. 1907-08 Possibly Giles Bulteel Daubeny. Born 19th November 1882 Plymouth, Devon. Son of Giles Andrew Daubeny, and Louisa Sussanna (nee Bulteel). Kings Messenger, Foreign Office 1920. Married 1921 Daisie de Pomeroy. Lt. Col. Royal Artillery. Died 1967 Cirencester, Glos.  
Daubeny, H. 1905-06    
Davey, Gerald Wyndham 1920s-30s Born 28th July 1909 Bristol. Son of Bertram Ernest Davey, Auctioneer, and Lucy Edith (nee Stride). Clifton College 1920-1928. Bristol University. Solicitor at Clare Street. Bristol. Civil Defence WW2. Married 14th July 1940 Diana Miles. Died 7th September 1973 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Davidson, John 1898-99 Born 30th August 1878 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Son of Alexander Davidson, Major Gen. Royal Engineers, and Ellen A (nee ?). Clifton College 1890-1897. Pembroke College, Cambridge. Joined the Finance Dept. of the Govt. of India, 1902. Assistant Accountant-General in India, 1903-9. During the Great War, Major, Indian Army; in the Local Resources Dept., in Mesopotamia, 1917; in charge of the Grain Supply; Director of Blockade, M.E.F., 1918. O.B.E.; mentioned in despatches. Deputy Comptroller-General, 1919. Financial Adviser, Punjab, 1923. Accountant-General, Bihar and Orissa, 1926; Burma, 1927-33. C.I.E., 1933.  
Davidson, P. 1896-97    
Davidson, Paul Guthrie 1906-07

Born 1887 Singapore. Son of James Davidson and Mary (nee Guthrie). Nephew of  Lt Col Edward Bromhead. Lt 3rd Glos. Capt 12th Royal Lancers WW1. Married Louisa Marion ?. Died 2nd January 1942 Dairy Farm Cottage, Lower Mousehill, Godalming, Surrey.

Davidson, T.P. 1873-74    
Davies, William G 1893 Born 1867 Horfield, Bristol. Son of John Robert Davies, Cabinet Maker, and Charlotte (nee Vowels). Played in the first match on Buffalo Bill's Field. Solicitor. Died 18th April 1947 Bristol.  
Davies, Ernest Edgar 1902-03 Born 27th July 1884 Fremantle, Western Australia. Clifton College 1899-1900. Doctor. Died 24th April 1913 Wickepin, Western Australia after an operation in Narrogin Hospital.
Davies, Edward Jenner 1879-80 Born 10th April 1851 Stonehouse, Glos. Son of William Davies, cloth-worker, and Jane Charlotte Blagden (nee Hale). Clifton College 1865-1870. Pembroke College, Cambridge 1870-BA:1874, MA:1877. Athletics Blue 1872-1874. Amateur Long Jump Champion 1873 and 1874. JP Glos. Died 4th October 1926 Chesterfield Nursing Hose, Clifton, Bristol.
Davies, Edward J. Greatrup 1902-03 Born 1885. Son of David Davies. Brother, Valentine Llewellyn Greatrup Davies, a rancher, fought for Canadian Army and died in WW1. Died 1921 Axbridge, Somerset.  
Davies, M. 1908-09    
Davies, O. 1903-04    
Davies, R.M. 1907-08    
Davies, Vaughan Wilton 1891-92 Born 1866 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Son of William Henry Davies, Solicitor, and Florence (nee Wilton). Hailbury School. First played for Clifton in 1887 against Cardiff. Also played rugby for Bristol Law Students, Redland Park and Bristol. Married Winifred Eastty in 1898. Private Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) WW1. Director Commercial Rubber, London. Died 20th March 1947 at 11 Claremont Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Davis, G. 1888-89    
Davis, Henry Frederick 1880s Born 1858 Bristol. Son of. ? and ? (nee ?). Draper. Married Florence Augusta. In 1911 living at 32 Hurle Crescent, Clifton. Died 18th August 1953 Bristol  
Davis, Stuart Hyam 1919-20 Born 24th September 1903 Hampstead, London. Clifton College 1917-1920. Vevey, Switzerland. Director Davis Theatre Croydon. Son of the founder of the Davis, Israel Davis. When the Davis opened in 1928 the cinema/theatre was the largest in England. Died 1979 Worthing, Sussex.  
Dawson, Herbert Edward 1897-98

Born 3rd May 1881. Son of Col Henry Dawson. Clifton College 1893-1896. Sandhurst. Captain Lincs Regt. South Africa War. Married Blanche Maria Ames (nee ?). Killed in action 14th September 1914. Commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.


Day, Edward 1879-80 Born 1858 Great Hale, Lincolnshire. Son of Rev Edmund Day, and Emily Sarah (nee Todd?). High Wycombe GS. Oxford University 1882.  
Deacon, E.A.   Played in first Club v College match on 12th December 1874. Possibly Edwin Augustus Deacon. Born 1850 Ottery St Mary, Devon. Son of Rev George Edward Deacon, Vicar of Leek, and Jane Martha (nee Barrington). Marlborough College. Exeter College, Oxford 1870-BA:1874. Clerk Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs. Died 31st October 1881 Swatow, China.  
Dempster, James Lionel Cathcart 1904-05

Born 8th April 1886. Clifton College 1899-1903. Killed in Action 24th November 1915. Basra Memorial


Dennehy, Charles John 1906-07 Born abt. 1887 Bristol. Son of John George Dennehy, and Ellen (nee ?). Married 1929 Frances Gertrude Hertslet in Marylebone, London. Died 8th January 1933 Bristol.  
Dennehy, John George 1883-84 Born abt. 1860 Bristol. Father of Charles. Chartered Accountant. Died 14th January 1931 Bristol.  
Dennis, William C. 1897-98 Born 1878 Thorngumbald, Yorkshire. Son of ? and Elizabeth (nee ?).  
Dennison, C.H. 1897-98    
Densham, Humphrey Ashley   Born 31 May 1915 Buckinghamshire. Son of Ashley Densham and ?. Married Mary Constance Cridland on 22 September 1939 at All Saints Church, Clifton. Died 1979 Bristol.  
Dester, Gerald 1880-81

Born abt. 1861 Swansea, Wales. Son of John Dester, Banker West of England and South Wales District Banking Company, and Emily (nee Parker). Brother of John Dester. Farmer. Married 16th April 1897 Mary Carolyne Magee in Clinton, British Columbia, Canada. Died 8th November 1902 Clinton, British Columbia, Canada.

Dester, John Bates 1879-80

Born abt. 1859 Swansea, Wales. Son of John Dester, Banker West of England and South Wales District Banking Company, and Emily (nee Parker). Brother of Gerald. Stockbroker. Married 28th September 1898 Annie Liilian Foote in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Died 9th February 1941 at 10 Princes Buildings, Clifton, Bristol.

Devereux, William 1883-84 Born 1866 Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, Wales. Son of James Devereaux, Coachman, and Elizabeth (nee Hitchings). Railway Clerk. Married 1895 Edith Mary Lawon. Died 14th June 1940 at 24 High Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales.  
Devis, Harry Francois 1883-84 Born 4th May 1862 Manchester, Lancashire. Son of Charles Walter Devis and Julia Margaret (nee Holmes). Father originally a priest. King Edwards School, Birmingham. University College Bristol. Surgeon. Married 26th November 1892 Agnes Margaret Ward, the daugter of the vicar of St Rapharl's. Medical practice at 160 Wells Road, Knowle, Bristol. Had 12 children. Bristol City Council 1906-1913. Eldest son Francis Devis killed in WW1. President Knowle Cricket Club. Died 6th November 1938 Rockmount, Marazion, Cornwall.
Dewar, William Hawthorn 1909-10 Born 1890 Bristol. Son of James Leslie Dewar, Brewer and Maltster, and Grace (nee Gourlay). Brewer. Died 1935 Manly, New South Wales, Australia.  
Dickinson, John Langstaffe 1880-81

Born 2nd August 1856 Darlington. Son of George Dickinson, Civil Engineer, and Henrietta (nee Marr). In 1881 living at 26 Canynge Square, Clifton. Solicitor at Sibley & Dickinson who also employed Clifton player and first captain of Wales James Alfred Bevan. Married 9th August 1883 Elizabeth Wentworth Taylor in Bath. Sibley & Dickinson were dissolved in 1909. Died 9th December 1912

Dickinson, William John Wemtworth 1910-11 Born 1884. Son of John Langstaffe Dickinson and Elizabeth (nee Wentworth.). Solicitor. Married Madeline Blanche Beresford, daughter of Judge Berresford on 27th March 1915. Son John Patrick Dickinson captured during WW2 and imprisoned in Colditz, nicknamed Bag and Ming. Died 20th November 1952 2 The Glen, Clifton, Bristol.  
Dimmer, Leonard George 1904-05

Born 18th January 1887 Portsea, Hampshire. Clifton College 1901-1904. Electrical Engineer. UK and USA. Later worked for family business Martin & Co., Jewellers, The Promenade, Cheltenham. Died 1970 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

See Martin & Co.

Dobson, John Frederic 1899-1900 Born 2nd April 1875. Son of William Cleaver Dobson. St. Paul's School. Trinity College, Cambridge. Assistant Master Clifton College 1899-1904. Lecturer Manchester University. Professor of Greek, Bristol University 1911-1940. Died 31st August 1947 Somerset.  
Dobson, Harold Pierce 1902-03

Born 1st May 1881 Clifton, Bristol. Son of Nelson Congrave Dobson, Surgeon, and Louisa Alice (nee Pierce). Baptised ST Paul’s, Clifton. Clifton College 1892-1899. Exeter College, Oxford. Mason KITCHENER No. 2998  Married 12th April 1913 Ethel Harriet Hore in Simla, Bengal, India.
He was a notable pre-war Adjt of 2 WORC R. He joined 9 WORC R on Mudros in Jan 16 just after they had withdrawn from Gallipoli. He was KIA in a night attack on Turkish entrenchments on the Tigris at Falahiya 15 miles E of Kut al Amara. 9 WORC R lost 13 Offrs and 164 ORs in the 24 hour period of the attack on 5th April 1916. Commemorated on the Basra Memorial Panel 18 and 63
Brother Claude Congrave Dobson received a VC during WW1 and became a Rear Admiral in the Navy..


Dodge, J. 1884-85    
Dommett, J. 1905-06    
Dommett, Joseph Albert 1908-09 Born 1888 Frome, Somerset. Son of ? and Emma (nee ?). Kingston School, Yeovil. Bath College 1902-1905. Solicitor. 2nd Lt. 3rd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry WW1. MC 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When most of his machine gun team became casualties on their way to an advanced post, he crawled forward alone to the post under fire from enemy snipers and returning guided the remainder of the team with the gun to the post and opened fire on the enemy, causing many casualties. 'Throughout the operations and during several counter-attacks, though wounded, he set a magnificent example to his men.'. Died 1969.
Douglas, M.W. 1883-84    
Douglas, Archibald Charles 1911-12 Born 2nd January 1861 Cape Town, South Arica. Son of Rt Rev Henry Alexander Douglas and Eliza Hoskins. Charterhiuse. Keble College, Oxford. Private Tutor to the sons of the King of Siam. Headmaster of Prep Scgool in Clifton. Married 16th December 1896 Bessie McClelland. Died 6th October 1939 Port of Menteith, Perthshire.  
Dowding, C.G. 1901-02 Possibly Charles Gordon Dowding. Born 2nd March 1885 Colerne, Wiltshire. Son of Samuel Bailey Dowding, Paper Manufacturer, and Emily Sarah (nee Dowding). Christened 6th April 1885. Married 1917 Kathleen Alice Shellard in Belper, Derbyshire. Divorced 1920s. Married 1934 Doris Frances Wain. Died 1940.  
Down, Robert Hayward 1912-13

Born 1888 Woburn Sands, Bedfordshire. Bedford School. Manager of the Westbury-on-Trym branch of Lloyds Bank. Killed in Action 17th August 1916 Pozières Ridge. Buried at Puchevillers British Cemetery. Lloyds Bank War Memorial at the bank's headquarters Canon House, London.


Downs, G.W. 1919-20    
Driver, Alfred George Edgar 1880-81 Born 25th April 1857 Clifton, Bristol. Son of Alfred George Driver, Stationer (employing 200 people), and Mary (nee Williams). Clifton College 1871-1873. Commercial Tracellor. Died 18th October 1906 Steyning, Sussex.  
Dryborough, A.S. 1899-1900    
Duckworth, A. 1883-84    
Duckworth, Robert Hugh Fagan 1883-84 Born 1858 Tiverton, Devon. Son of Clergyman and Blundell Master, Robert Duckworth, and Clementina Marian (nee Fagan). Eldest son of 12 children. Baptised 7th April 1858. Blundell's School 1866-1876. Magdalen College, Oxford 1877-BA:1881,MA:1883. St Johns College, Cambridge 1877-?. Married 11th August 1891 Lizzie Frances Maud Paterson at Holy Trinity Church, Weston-super-Mare, Somerst. Played rugby for Somerset. Headmaster St. Peter's School, Weston-super-Mare. Died 9th October 1926 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.  
Duffett, Thomas Stanley 1896-97 Born 1866 Clifton, Bristol. Son of Thomas William Duffet, Collector Bristol Gas Light Co., and Eliza Fanny (nee ?). Also became a Collector for Bristol Gas Light Co. Died 26th December 1937 Bristol.
Dumford, N. 1909-10    
Dunbar, William Oswald 1911-12 Born 1877 Pontefract, Yorkshire. Son of Rev George Samuel Dunbar, Vicar of Eastington, Yorkshire, and Elizabeth Mellor (nee Storey). Christened 21st March 1877 St Giles Church, Pontefract, Yorkshire. Schoolmaster. 12 and 14 Apsley Road, Clifton, Bristol. Married 21st April 1903 Ida Mary Blissard at St John the Evangelist, Clifton, Bristol. 2nd Lt City of Bristol Volunteer Regt WW1. Died 1964 Honiton, Devon.  
Duncan, Malcolm 1879-80 Born 27th April 1858 Northam, Devon. Son of Patrick Duncan, Captain West Cork Militia, and Jane E (nee ?). Brother of Patrick. Clifton College 1867-1873. Banker. Contractor to Perak Government, Malay Peninsula. Died 1921.  
Duncan, Patrick Jun. 1872-73

Born 8th October 1849 Tiverton, Devon. Son of Patrick Duncan, Captain West Cork Militia, and Jane E (nee ?). Brother of Malcolm. Clifton College 1867-1868. Civil Engineer. Died 1925 Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

Dunman, Charles Clement 1901-02 Born 1877 St. Pancras, London. Son of Sidney John P. Dunman, Wesleyan Minister, and Esther Frances (nee Heeley). Accountant Love, Bingham and Dunman, Singapore. JP. Died 2nd June 1938 Singapore General Hospital, Buried Bidadati Cemetery, Singapore.  
Dunn, Charles Gwythen 1906-07 Born 24th June 1886. Clifton College 1902-1904. Business Cuba. Emigrated Quebec, Canada.  
Dunn, Edward Hutchins 1882-83 Born 4th March 1866 Penally, Pembroke. Son of Nicholas John Dunn, Deputy Leiutenant and Magistrate, and Emma (nee Hutchins). Clifton College 1877-1880. Brother of George and John. Farming. Died 1894 Bristol.  
Dunn, George 1879-80 Born 1863 St. Florence, Pembrokeshire. Son of Nicholas John Dunn, Deputy Leiutenant and Magistrate, and Emma (nee Hutchins). Brother of Edward and John
Dunn, John Henry 1874-75 Born 16th September 1857 Penally, Pembrokeshire. Son of Nicholas John Dunn, Deputy Leiutenant and Magistrate, and Emma (nee Hutchins). Brother of Edward and George. Clifton College 1873. Solicitor. Died 1915.
Dunnett, Henry Adams 1896-97 Born 1875 Clifton, Bristol. Son of William Dunnett, Commercial Traveller, and Emily Jane (nee Adams). Florist. Died 1943 killed in a collision with a US Army lorry on Stapleton Road, Fishonds, Bristol. Died at Bristol Royal Infirmary

Man Fatally Injured by Lorry
The Bristol coroner (Mr A. E.Barker ) yesterday held an inquest on Henry Adams Dunnett <69>, former commercial traveller, of 3. Star Lane. Fishponds, who received fatal injuries when he was involved in an accident with U.S.A. Army motor-lorry in Stapleton Road, out-side the Railway Hotel. It was stated that the man was wearing the uniform of an air-raid warden at the time of the accident. Charles Henry Squires, a Home Guard, of Eastville. said that he saw 'bus travelling towards the Centre stop to pick up some passengers. the bus proceeded he saw a convoy American Army lorries coming from the opposite direction. "As they passed I saw a dark object—whether man I could not tell—crossing the road in a great hurry. f did,not see the man struck by the lorry, but only heard the i bump." said witness. The jury returned verdict of Accidental death."


Dupen, L. Guest player 1880 Possibly John Lysaght Pennefather Dupen. Born 186. Son of Sharrock Semmens Dupen, Wine and Spirit Merchant, and Julia Elizabeth Clare (nee Pennefather). His mother was daughter of John Lysagt Pennefather, a British soldier who won two very remarkable victories. Firstly, at Meanee , India , where it was said that 500 British soldiers defeated 35,000 Indians. Secondly, at the Battle of Inkerman , 5 November 1854 during the Crimean War , where he commanded a division of 3,000 soldiers fighting in the fog were said to have defeated 35,000 Russians. Married 30th December 1884 Maria Constance Craven McLorg in Bristol. Emigrated USA 1888. Bookkeeper at Mine in Arizona. Los Angeles
Durant, William Maitland 1910-11 Born 1889 Hadleigh, Suufolk. Son of Rev William Friend Durant, Congregational Minister (Western College, Cotham), and Mary Handyside (nee ?). Brother of Maurice and Norman. Bristol University. Solicitor. Articled to C.F.L.Clarke, of Bristol. Gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1/6 Batt. Gloucestershire Regt. Oct. 15, 1914, promoted Lieut. June 1916, A/Capt. Machine Gun Corps June 1917, Capt. Gloucestershire Regt. March 1918. Served in France May 1915 to Sept. 1917 and May to June 1918. Gassed May 29, 1918. Died 28th July 1948 Stagsden Nursing Home, 14 Stagsden Road, Bournemouth.  
Durant, Maurice 1911-12 Born 29th April 1893 Hadleigh, Suffolk. Son of Rev William Friend Durant, Congregational Minister (Western College, Cotham), and Mary Handyside (nee ?). Twin brother of Norman. Brother of William. Clifton College 1907-1911. Chartered Accountant. Married 1918 Margaret Jean Symes in Bristol. Died 10th January 1964 St. Davis Hospital, Carmarthen, Wales.
Durant, Norman 1911-12

Born 29th April 1893 Hadleigh, Suffolk. Twin brother of Maurice. Brother of William. Clifton College 1907-1911. Bristol University. Killed in Action 12th March 1916 near Loos. He had been supervising digging parties which were trying to rescue 20 soldiers buried in an old mine which was being used as a dugout. Working in an entirely exposed position, he was hit by high-explosive shrapnel that the Germans were continually sending over. They succeeded in getting all but three of the buried men out alive at about 6.30 a.m. on the next morning.


Durnford, Lionel John Bishop 1900-01

Born 14th June 1883 Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Clifton College 1895-1900. Civil Engineer. Assistant Engineer, Ministry of Public Works, Cairo. Motor Trade. Married 1914 Mary Noel Kennard or Waterhouse in London. Died 1st December 1938 Woking, Surrey.

Duster, J.B. Guest player 1877    
Duttson, C. 1919-20 Possibly Courtenay Duttson. Born 1892 London. Son of Sugar Merchant, Stanley Walter Duttson. WW1 Dorsetshire Regiment, Royal Flying Corps & Royal Air Force. Army Officer. Died 1st August 1933 North Lodge, Cookham Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire.  
Dwelly, Donald Frank 1920-21 Born 26th October 1900 Bristol. Son of Frank Dwelly, Commercial Traveller, and Bessie Wilhelmine (nee Gillingham). Christened 23rd November 1902 St. Michael & All Angels Church, Bishopston, Bristol. Married 1939 Jean M O Edmonds in Strood, Kent. Tea Planter. Chabua, Assam, India  
Dyke, F.S. 1909-10    
Dykes, A. 1891-92    
Dymond, Arthur Hingston Guest player 1875 Born 4th January 1855 Exeter, Devon. Son of Robert Dymond, JP and Land Agent, and Josephine (nee Hingston). Rugby School 1869-?. Solicitor. Died 11th March 1935 24 Burton Court, Chelsea, London.  
Dymond, George Cecil 1880-81 Born 8th October 1857 Worcestershire. Son of George Dymond and Ellen (nee Southall). Patent Agent. Married 1892 Josephine Rickman in Liverpool. Died 1943 Fareham, Hampshire.  


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