About Gwyn

I’m a rugby and First World War historian and have written several books and    many newspaper, journal and on-line articles. I have given talks to a variety of organisations; have taken part in many media interviews; and have assisted with the research for several TV and radio documentaries. I am a member of the Cardiff Rugby Heritage Committee (Cardiff Rugby Museum).

Particular interests include: early rugby history, especially in Wales; the history of Cardiff RFC; rugby in Victorian  and Edwardian Cardiff and Newport; rugby’s first superstar, Arthur Gould; rugby and the First World War; Cardiff in the First World War; the 16th Battalion The Welsh Regiment (Cardiff City); the First World War in general; and the history of Cardiff.


BBC Radio Wales:

  Good Evening Wales

  Good Morning Wales

  Jason Mohammad Show

  Radio Wales Sport

  Roy Noble Programme

VCS Radio Cardiff:

  Chronicle with Ceri Stennett

  Come On In


Radio Wales documentary on Owen Rowe, Allez Monsieur Roe (2007).

Radio France, France Culture: L’Arms Park: au Coeur de la nation galloise (2014).


Made in Cardiff TV.


Appeared in, and assisted with the research for:

  Y Pymtheg Olaf (2014) produced by Stefan Morgan for S4C about the last Welsh international XV before the First World War.

  Rugby at War (2014) produced by Chris Perry for ITV Wales about the Welsh rugby internationals who died in the First World War.

  The Forgotten Warriors of World War One (2016) produced by Siân Roderick for BBC Wales about black servicemen from south Wales in the First World War.

Appeared in:

  Wales and the Great War (2014) produced by Greg Lewis for ITV Wales.

  Great British Railway Journeys: Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town (2018) presented by Michael Portillo for BBC2. (Series 9:7). (Interviewed about Wales v New Zealand 1905).

Assisted with the research for:

  The First Fifteen (2008) produced by Jonathon Hill for ITV Wales about Welsh rugby internationals and the First World War.


On: early rugby history; the origins of Cardiff RFC; rugby in Victorian Cardiff; rugby and the First World War; and  the 16th Battalion The Welsh Regiment (Cardiff City):

AWEN Whitchurch Library

British Society of Sports History Conference (2005) (Award for best postgraduate paper)

Canton Rugby Football Club

Cardiff and District Rugby Union

Cardiff 41 Club (Round Table)

Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier (Firing Line)

Cardiff Docks Company of Pals

Cardiff North Probus Club

The Cardiff Story (Cardiff Old Library)

CF10 Arms Park Rugby Trust

Glamorgan Archives

National Museum of Wales

Roath Local History Society

St. Fagans National History Museum

Western Front Association Gwent Branch

Western Front Association South Wales Branch


Army Museums Ogilvy Trust

        Clem Lewis (Cardiff and Wales) and his 1919 King’s Cup cap:


BBCWorld War One at Home

          The Welsh Rugby Stars Who Died in the Great War:                 


BBC Wales:

          World War One: The Wales rugby caps who lost their lives:


Cardiff Rugby Museum:

         Dai Westacott’s Gold Watch: https://bit.ly/2MVXxnF

         Rugby “Football or Life in Cardiff”: https://bit.ly/2Eva68a

         Earliest Photograph of a Woman’s Team?https://bit.ly/2tKkEJD

         The Eventful Life of Georges Mergault, Stade Francais & Cardiff: https://bit.ly/3at6bbJ

Roath Local History Society:

         Cardiff High School War Memorial: https://bit.ly/359nERz

Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017 (pages 16-17):

         Welsh Rugby and the First World War: http://bit.ly/2kwoik5

World Rugby Museum:

         Charles Gerald Taylor: http://bit.ly/22bKALK

         William Purdon Geen: http://bit.ly/2bKAqe0

         Richard Davies Garnons Williams: http://bit.ly/2bdhrKc

         Louis Augustus Phillips: http://bit.ly/1RgEHaP

         Richard Thomas: http://bit.ly/29jFdjS

         John Lewis Williams: http://bit.ly/29F9sVX

         David Watts: http://bit.ly/29DUVGt

         Charles Meyrick Pritchard: http://bit.ly/2aVk7L6

         Horace Wyndham Thomas: http://bit.ly/2bQ8cCZ

         Brinley Richard Lewis: http://bit.ly/2pwpmqq

          David Westacott and Passchendaele: http://bit.ly/2BwSVSn

          Philip Dudley Waller: http://bit.ly/2BnXjmu

         Fred Leonard Perrett: https://bit.ly/2Gr6hkQ

Abercamlais website

Brecon RFC website

Cardiff and District Rugby Union website

Cardiff Harlequins RFC website:

               Cecil Rhys Davies (Wales):http://bit.ly/1PkdjnS

Glamorgan CCC website

South Wales Branch Western Front Association website


Published in:

Cardiff RFC v RGC 1404 Match Programme 9 November 2018

East District Rugby Union Cup Finals Programme 2019

Glamorgan Family History Society Journal

South Wales Echo

Touchlines, Rugby Memorabilia Society Magazine

Wales Remembers 1914-1918 Programme 2017

World Rugby Memorial Brochure 2017


Assisted journalists from:

           Der Standard, Vienna

          Military History Matters

          Scottish Daily Mail

          South Wales Echo

          Time Magazine

          Western Mail