Billy Geen

Billy Geen

Position: Centre

Born 14/03/1891
Died 31/07/1915
Place Of Birth Newport

Willie Purdon Geen was educated at Northam Place, Potters Bar, Haileybury Coll and Oxford. Haileybury Cricket XI wicket-keeper and captain / centre of Haileybury XV. Barbarians, Blackheath. Oxford Blue - played vs Cambridge 1910,11,12 and 13. Monmouthshire Cricket in Minor Counties. Nephew of Frank Purdon. 3 Welsh caps 1912-13 (SA,E,I).

Joined 60th Kings Royal Rifle Corps August 1914 and after training in Petworth, Sussex went to front in May 1915. Battalion withdrawn but 2 days later ordered back with 9th to reinforce 41st brigade in Second Battle of Ypres. 2nd-Lieut - killed in action Hooge, Flanders, 31st July 1915. One of 350 killed that day from B Company 9th King’s Royal Rifle Corps. No grave - remembered at Menin Gate.

Newport RFC : 1910/1-1913/4 : 37 apps / 20t /1dg.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  1910/1911 14 8 3 3 10 0 0 1 34  
  1911/1912 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 9  
  1912/1913 10 9 1 0 4 0 0 0 12  
  1913/1914 12 9 0 3 2 0 0 0 6  
  Total 37 27 4 6 19 0 0 1 61  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  17/09/1910 Cross Keys CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 24 - 6  
  24/09/1910 Penarth CE 2 0 0 0 6 W 21 - 0  
  03/10/1910 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 5 - 7  
  08/10/1910 Cardiff WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 9 - 8  
  24/12/1910 London Welsh WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 6  
  26/12/1910 Watsonians CE 0 0 0 1 4 W 7 - 6  
  27/12/1910 Barbarians CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 21 - 0  
  31/12/1910 Northampton Saints WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 0  
  07/01/1911 Devonport Albion WI 1 0 0 0 3 L 6 - 7  
  09/01/1911 Plymouth CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 0 - 0  
  14/01/1911 Penarth CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 3 - 0  
  28/02/1911 Scarlets CE 0 0 0 0 0 D 3 - 3  
  25/03/1911 Blackheath WI 1 0 0 0 3 D 9 - 9  
  22/04/1911 Neath CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 - 5  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  23/12/1911 London Welsh CE 3 0 0 0 9 W 31 - 3  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  05/10/1912 Cardiff WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 - 0  
  12/10/1912 Blackheath WI 0 0 0 0 0 D 6 - 6  
  24/10/1912 South Africa WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 9 - 3  
  26/12/1912 Watsonians CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 12 - 3  
  27/12/1912 London Welsh WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 14 - 0  
  28/12/1912 Old Merchant Taylors WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 19 - 3  
  04/01/1913 Devonport Albion WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 6 - 3  
  06/01/1913 Exeter Chiefs CE 1 0 0 0 3 W 16 - 5  
  15/03/1913 Cardiff WI 1 0 0 0 3 W 23 - 10  
  24/03/1913 Pontypool CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 0  
  Date Opponent Position Try Con Pen DG Pts   Result  
  18/10/1913 Blackheath CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  08/11/1913 Neath CE 2 0 0 0 6 L 6 - 11  
  15/11/1913 Oxford University CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 3  
  22/11/1913 Northampton Saints WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 13 - 0  
  24/11/1913 Cambridge University WI 0 0 0 0 0 L 10 - 13  
  29/11/1913 Cardiff CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 3 - 0  
  13/12/1913 Swansea WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 12 - 0  
  20/12/1913 London Welsh CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 20 - 11  
  26/12/1913 Watsonians WI 0 0 0 0 0 W 22 - 0  
  03/01/1914 Devonport Albion CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 - 3  
  05/01/1914 Exeter Chiefs CE 0 0 0 0 0 W 16 - 11  
  10/01/1914 Penarth CE 0 0 0 0 0 L 3 - 5  
  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0  
Clubs: - Blackheath - Bridgend Ravens - Newport -
Education: - Haileybury - Oxford University -
Region: - Monmouthshire -
Invitational: - Barbarians -
Honours: - Wales -

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