Percy Stout

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Percy Stout

By Malc King

Percy Wyfold Stout, was a threequarter, who played mostly on the wing, and the elder brother of Frank, with whom he played for Gloucester, Gloucestershire and England. Percy made 65 appearances for Gloucester between 1895 and 1900, and won 5 caps for England.

Percy was born in Gloucester and lived for many years in Barnwood. He was born into a distinguished sporting family – his father, William Stout, was a leading amateur oarsman, who won the Diamonds and the Wingfield Sculls, was director of the local Iron and Hardware Company Ltd, and ran an ironmonger’s shop in Westgate Street, Gloucester. Percy was educated at the CryptGrammar School, where he took up association football, which he continued to play for a while after school for Gloucester and Wickwar. Around the age of 20, during the 1895/6 season, he took up rugby with his younger brother, Frank, and they both quickly adapted to the handling game. Percy enjoyed the distinction of scoring 2 tries in his first match for Gloucester against Leicester.  

The brothers’ talents soon took them to the top of the game, although the younger brother, Frank, was the first to play at international level. Percy soon joined him, and he played for England against Scotland and Wales in 1898, and against France, Ireland and Scotland in 1899. Both Percy and Frank scored tries in the match against Wales in 1898. Percy also played 4 times for the Barbarians. When he left Gloucester, he turned out for Richmond and Bristol.  

His playing days over, he left England to become a stockbroker in Cairo, and was to live most of the rest of his life in Egypt. Initially he was a partner in Hogg and Stout, stockbrokers and agents de change, but in 1907 his partner died and Percy bought out his share of the company, of which he then became Managing Director.  

During WW1, Percy was mentioned 5 times in dispatches, and was awarded the DSO, the citation for which reads “T/Lt (A/Capt) Percy Wyfold Stout, MMG Corps – At a critical moment, when a number of armoured cars were in danger of being cut off, he led the attack to their relief, and after two hours’ heavy fighting gained the objective, after inflicting heavy losses upon the enemy.” He was also awarded the OBE.  

After the war he returned to Cairo, and became a director of the Egyptian Delta Land Co and the Anglo American Nile Co Egypt. He died in London 9th October 1937, age 62.  

This page was added by Gary Little on 20/08/2009.
Comments about this page

Percy Wyfold Stout was my grandfather and I am very proud to be discovering more and more amazing facts about him and his brother Frank.

By Lyn Longridge
On 30/10/2010

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