Upminster and Campion join forces to raise funds for Jim Knox and the Royal British Legion

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 October 2017

Monte Cassino Veteran Sgt Jim Knox with Harry Lockwood (right) and two other Upminster players (pic: Upminster RFC).

Monte Cassino Veteran Sgt Jim Knox with Harry Lockwood (right) and two other Upminster players (pic: Upminster RFC).


Match at the Honourable Artillery Club in the City of London helped raise much-needed funds for the Royal British Legion

Will Brentnall (left) and Harry Lockwood at the black tie event at the Honourable Artillery Club (pic: Upminster RFC). Will Brentnall (left) and Harry Lockwood at the black tie event at the Honourable Artillery Club (pic: Upminster RFC).

Members of Upminster and Campion old boys joined forces to battle on the rugby pitch at the Honourable Artillery Club in the City of London last weekend to raise much-needed funds for the Royal British Legion.

Antony Brentnall, Will Brentnall, Harry Lockwood, Callum Whitcombe and Greg Dordoy took part in the charity match as they looked to raise money for Monte Cassino Veteran Sgt Jim Knox, of 2 Para, in particular.

Upminster-based Knox served in North Africa, Italy, Greece and Palestine from 1941 to 1946 and the travel arm of the Royal British Legion, Remembrance Travel, is campaigning to take all veterans who served in WWII on the Italian Front back free of charge to ‘lay old ghosts to rest’.

Event organiser Antony Brentnall said: “I organised this event in partnership with the Legion Travel team to pay homage to men like my Grandad Ernest, who served in the Royal Artillery in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East, plus those Veterans who then went on to fight in some of the toughest battles of the war in Italy, like my Great Uncle Sid who could never speak of what happened at places like Monte Cassino.”

The team of Legends included ex England, Wales, South Africa, Wasps and Harlequins’ players including the magical former Wales’ Captain Colin Charvis, Harlequin legend, Simon Keogh and Premiership and Heineken Cup winner with then London Wasps, Paul Volley.

Harry Lockwood, who starred at scrum half during the match against the Legends, added: “We may have been playing the best in the business but we were determined to beat them. After all we have the honour of the Royal British Legion at stake.”

There was a further match between the Barbarians City League and the Combined Services including various players from Royal Navy Mariners, Army, Marines and Met and City Police Services.

Will Brentnall added: ‘It was an honour to go up and collect the trophy as captain following a thrilling display of exciting rugby played the Barbarian way.”

Matches were followed by a gala black tie ball at the HAC, including a Q&A session with the Rugby Legends.

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