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Nicholls, Erith Gwynne [Gwyn] (1874–1939), rugby player and businessman, was born at Flaxley, Gloucestershire, on 15 July 1874, fifth of seven children of Hartley Nicholls (1838–1924), a farmer and later a businessman, and his wife, Jane Eliza Millard (1847–1927). As a small child ...

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Platt, Joseph (c. 1862–1930), businessman and rugby administrator, was a farmer's son born in Royton, near Oldham, Lancashire. He trained as a land surveyor and built up his own substantial business in Oldham. He was a modest, unassuming, even self-deprecating man, but forthright, determined, and energetic. These personal qualities won him great respect and much popularity. His business acumen and administrative skills gained him a directorship of the ...