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Name: OWLES, George Lovick

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Birth Date: 1891 Christchurch, New Zealand

Death Date: 23.1.1924 Nairobi, road accident, fracture of skull

Last Date: 1924

Profession: Police

Area: Nairobi

Book Reference: Nondies, Barnes, Web, Rugby

War Service: RNZA, Gunner, Field Artillery Unit

General Information:

Barnes - Early player for Nondies Rugby Club - 1930s. One of the founders of Nondescripts RFC - 1923. One of the outsatnding players in the early days, a member of the 1919 All Blacks touring side.
Web - Nondies Club History - From an article by founding member J. Worlledge in the East African Standard, April 28th 1972 - "…. Three men met in the bar in Nairobi Club - Worlledge, Ogilvie and Owles - and chewed over the setting up of a new club. First thing to be decided was the name. After a few drinks Worlledge said, " … In our Hill side we have Scots, English men, Welsh men, Irish men, South Africans, New Zealanders and Australians - we are a nondescript lot, so let the name be Nondescripts. There is no other rugby team of that name, although there is a cricket team in England so called ….."
" ….. They drank to the new club and then got down to the question of colours. Again it was Worlledge who came up with the answer. "I think we should have white shirts and shorts like England but with the Kenya Lion instead of the English rose and red and white ringed stockings. A team going onto the field dressed in white always looks bigger than it actually is. Puts the wind up the opposition." The two others concurred. Wederburn's Parklands lot called themselves Harlequins, acquired a pitch at Muthaiga and then took that name. Nondescripts later teamed up with Parklands Club. …… "
Nairobi Forest Road Cemetery - G.L. Owles, British, age 30, died 23/1/24
Rugby - Nondescripts RFC - Vice-Captain - 1923
Gazette - 6/2/1924 - Obituary - His Excellency the Governor regrets to announce the death of Mr G L Owles, Kenya Police on 23 January as the result of a motor cycle accident
Paul O'Kong'o Owles was present at the Nairobi Club on July 11, 1923, when the split occurred in Nairobi to form the Nondescripts and Harlequins. He was the very first vice–captain of Nondescripts in 1923, and it was a huge loss when he died in a motor accident in 1924.’The RFUK spent Kshs 74 on two wreaths one for Owles and the other for O.Ogilvie, the club's first ever captain. That is according to the RFUK minutes for 1924.
Ancestry Family tree- 2 appearances before magistrates as a schoolboy, for theft, and 1906 found after going missing
UK Foreign and Overseas Registers for death

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