|Clifton Rugby Football Club History||
Edward Watkins Baker
Edward Watkins-Baker was 1 of 7 brothers that played rugby for Clifton. He is also the only Clifton player that has played for the Barbarians. Many have played for them before or after playing for Clifton. Born on 30th June 1878. He attended Clifton College from 1890 - 1896. From Clifton he went to Winchester and during the vacations played for Clifton Rugby Club. He went to Edinburgh University in 1898 who he played rugby and cricket for. He also played rugby for Bristol, Harlequins, Edinburgh Wanderers, Blackheath and Gloucestershire.
OTHER RECORD: Barbarians Appearances 1903-04
Career Record: P7, W1, D0, L6, Tries 1, Cons 0, Pen 0, DropG 0
05-04-1904 v Devonport (Devonport) L 8-19
06-04-1904 v Plymouth (Plymouth) L 8-26
In 1901 the Watkins-Bakers lived at Pan Avon on Clifton Down
|Thomas Watkins-Baker||Head||53||Solicitor||Monmouth, Wales|
|Julia Watkins-Baker||Wife||48||Kinswinford, Staffordshire|
|Edward Watkins-Baker||Son||22||Medical Student||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Cecil L. Baker||Son||19||Solicitors Clerk||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Leonard F Baker||Son||18||Clerk in Life Assurance Office||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Gladys M Baker||Dau||16||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Lionel C Baker||Son||15||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Kathleen J Baker||Dau||13||Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol|
|Gertrude M. E. Warner||Visitor||38||Living on Own Means||Stafford, Staffordshire|
|Lily Ellis||Servant||21||Housemaid||Hastings, Sussex|
|Minnie Mills||Servant||31||Cook||Bedminster, Somerset|
|Francis H Jackson||Servant||23||Butler||Bristol|
|Edith Mary Baker||Servant||26||Parlourmaid||Charlton, Gloucestershire|
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Above Pan Avon, Clifton Down (right half of building), now renamed and part of Chatford House.
He played in an England trial match in 1901-02, while with Bristol. He never did play for England
|1901-02||North v South at Fallowfield||North (won) 4 0 20 (T.Simpson , W.Coby 1, H.F.Terry 1, N.S.A.Harrison 1) South 0 2 6 (F.G.Brooks 2)|
|NORTH back:- G.Tattersall (Yorkshire). three-quarters:- T.Simpson (Nortumberland), J.T.Taylor (Duham), H.F.Terry (Cheshire) N.S.A.Harrison (Durham). halfbacks:- P.D.Kendall (Cheshire), B.Oughtred (Durham). forwards:- H.Alexander, C.S.Edgar, R.H.M.Taylor (Cheshire), W.Cobby, J.J.Robinson (Yorkshie), A.Nicholson (Nothumberland), J.Jewit, J.Waller (Durham).|
|SOUTH back:- S.Horsley (Cambridge Universiy). threequarter:- F.Brooks, W.H.Goudge (Midland Counties), E.W.Baker (Clifton and Gloucestershire), G.S.J.Fuller-Eberle (Clifton, Oxford University and Gloucestershire). halfbacks:- E.J.Walton (Oxford University), C.B.Buck (Old Merchant Taylors). forwards:- H.W.Dudgeon (Richmond), D.D.Dobson, S.H.Osbourne (Oxford University), B.C.Hartley (Blackheath), G.Fraser (Richmond), C.Hall (Gloucestershire, A.O.Dowson (Midland Counties), L.R.Tosswill (St.Bartholomew's Hospial).|
Back Row (L-R): G.Claridge, F.Channon, J.Lewis, J.Sweet. Middle Row: W.T.Pearce (Hon Sec), L.Thomas, H.Wilcox, T.Davies, M.G.Courtney, A.Harris, J.W.Jarman,. Seated: J.Oates, P.Hussey, C.Y.Adamson, J.L.Mathias (Captain), R.G.Vaughan (Vice-Captain), E. Watkins-Baker, J.Peters. Front: W.Needs, S.H.Foster.
Above the Bristol squad of 1901-02 with Edward
Watkins-Baker. A team that included
Above: Tom Watkins-Baker, started with Clifton in 1896 and then he joined Bristol. He left with several other players in 1901 but did return to Clifton in 1907. He became President of Bristol Saracens RFC between 1906-07 and 1908-1910
Bristol lost 10 players the following season (1902-03) when the following departed - C.Y.Adamson, E.Watkins-Baker, M.G.Courtney, S.H.Foster, A.Harris, J.Lewis, J.Sweet, J.Peters, H.Wilcox and the captain J.L.Mathias was unable to play due to business commitments. This was after the loss of 4 1st team players in the 1900-01 season. The season before that every rugby team in the country lost players as many enlisted to fight in the Boer War.
Edward Watkins-Baker joined Clifton in 1902. His brother Claude had been made Vice-Captain of the Clifton 1st XV and his brother Tom had left Bristol. During his time playing for Bristol he was a student at Edinburgh University, on twenty-two occasions he travelled down to play in a match.
|Standing (L-R):E.de Lissa, C.G.Robson, R.S.Wix, A.Brown, A.R.Thompson, E.M.Harrison (Guys Hospital), N.W.Godfrey (Moseley), F.H.Palmer (Richmond), G.Fraser, T.A.Gibson. Seated: E.C.Galloway (Marlborough Nomads), F.M.Stout (Gloucester), B.C.Hartley (Blackheath) (Captain), W.L.Y.Rogers (Blackheath), D.R.Bedell-Sivright (West of Scotland). On Ground: G.V.Kyrke (Marlborough Nomads), F.C.Hulme (Birkenhead Park), S.F.Cropper (Blackheath), P.Hutchison (Birkenhead Park), E. Watkins-Baker (Clifton).|
Above the Barbarians who played Devonport Albion on 5th April 1904 with Cliftons Edward Watkins-Baker.
Above Edward Watkins-Baker from the Clifton XV of 1906-07. His last season with Clifton.
Edward Watkins-Baker married Mary Jeffries Davies circa 1895. Mary Jeffries Davis was born on 23 August 1883 at Grimley. She was the daughter of John Jeffries Davis and Catherine ("Kate") Freer. She died on 22 May 1961 at age 77. She was buried at Capilano View Cemetery, West Vancouver, BC
Above the daughters of John Jeffries Davis, together with Tommy Watkins Baker, son of Mary and Edward. Tommy was born in 1905 (died 1925). This photograph was supplied by Bruce Coates on 6th July 2005, from his grandmother's album: the caption says it was taken in Croydon in 1906 or 1907.
Edward Watkins-Baker and his wife emigrated to Vancouver, Bristish Columbia in 1907. He played 1 game for British Columbia v an Australian Maori side in 1907 at Brockton Oval in Stanley Park, Vancouver. It was his first and last game in British Columbia colours.
In 1924 they moved to the North Shore and he was instrumental in forming North Shore All Blacks in 1930. They merged with West Vancouver Barbarians in 1969 to become Capilano Rugby Club, see http://www.capilanorfc.com/content/home.asp They play at Klahanie Park in West Vancouver. Klahanie in the local First Nation's dialect means, "Welcome".
Above Edward Watkins-Baker, aged 78, showing his Gloucestershire cap and scrapbook to Vancouver Rugby President Bob Spray. An article appeared on this in the the Vancouver Sun on April 26th 1957 prior to the British Columbia match v Barbarians on May 4th 1957 at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver. The Barbarians won 19-6. For match details see http://www.barbarianfc.co.uk/new_search/matchdetails.asp?matchid=364#match
Above the article from the Vancouver Sun on April 26th 1957
Although a qualified doctor in England he was not allowed to practice in Canada without redoing his medical exams. So he Before he retired he was a game warden in West Vancouver.
Edward Watkins-Baker died on 12th January 1967 aged 88.