Harold Boughton

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By Gary Little

It would have not been unusual to see the former England International full back playing at Kingsholm on a Saturday afternoon and then should you have popped on a bus later that day to see him once again, as he was a bus driver.

Born 7th September 1910, Harold captained Gloucester when they returned to playing matters following the end of the Second World War, although it was in the inter-war period that he first came to national recognition. Harold was awarded 3 international caps, making his debut against Wales on 19th January 1935 at Twickenham. Regarded as a reliable kicker, Harold contributed three penalty goals and a conversion for England against Ireland on his 2nd international appearance and is recorded as kicking 401 conversions for Gloucester.



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Hi - Harold was my great granddad. I too like hearing about him and do always speak about his achievements and so does my father Geoffrey, his grandson. Hazel was my dad's mother; my father used to visit his granddad many years ago when he first joined the army. Nigel, you were only young, hope you will get in contact.


By karen alder
On 30/11/2014

Hi - my name is Craig Smith and Val Smith was (still is) my grandmother so Harold Boughton was my great grand father! Never met him but wish I did and very proud to know of his history and that he played for his country! All my family talk about it and mention that it's our claim to fame. 

By Craig Smith
On 12/11/2014

hi rachael im nigel im one of harolds son from his 2nd marriage im trying to find my dads family from his 1st marriage i met hazel val wendy at his funeral if you had met him you would have loved him.

By nigel boughton
On 16/08/2012

Sorry I stupidly omitted from my last post that Harold Boughton was the brother of my and my two brothers Grandfather Walter Boughton, Grace Phillips -nee Boughton - was Walter Boughton's daughter.

By Dr Gerald Phillips
On 25/03/2012

Harold Boughton was my Mother's first cousin - Grace Boughton - later married to Phillips. The Boughton family was very large originating in Barbican Alley Gloucester. I live in London. My Mother Grace Phillips nee Boughton died two years ago aged 90

By Dr Gerald Phillips
On 25/03/2012

Hi Dick - you pronounce Boughton to rhyme with "doubt-on" many thanks,


On 28/12/2011

Thanks for getting in touch with us, Rachel. Something that I'm not sure of - do you pronounce the family surname "Boughton" to rhyme with "doubt-on" or "Norton"?

By Dick Williams
On 27/12/2011

Harold was my grandad, my mum is his only living daughter from his first marriage, we too are proud of his achievements. I have two sons very keen Rugby fans and love hearing the stories and the history my grandad made playing for Gloucester and England. I wish I would have had the chance to meet him.

By Rachel stephens
On 27/12/2011

My dad played for both England & Gloucester rugby football club. I am so proud that he was my dad - I miss him so much.

By Nigel Boughton
On 09/12/2010

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