William Spiers Glenn
William Spiers "Billy" Glenn MC (21 February 1877 – 5 October 1953) was a New Zealand rugby union player who played for the All Blacks on their 1905 tour. He later became a Reform Party Member of Parliament in New Zealand.
|Birth name||William Spiers Glenn|
|Date of birth||21 February 1877|
|Place of birth||Greymouth, New Zealand|
|Date of death||5 October 1953(aged 76)|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Glenn was born in Greymouth in 1877 and moved to Manaia, Taranaki with his family as a child. He was a keen sportsman, and as well as playing rugby, he became secretary of the Manaia Tennis Club. He was a member of the Egmont Racing Club and owned several race horses.
In 1904, Glenn was elected a member of the Manaia Town Board. He owned a 142 ha (350 acres) dairy farm on the Waimate plain.
Rugby union careerEdit
Glenn was a loose forward, and occasionally played at hooker. He became a Taranaki rugby representative in 1899. He made his All Blacks debut in 1904, playing against the touring British Isles team. He subsequently toured with the 1905 Originals. In all, Glenn played 19 matches for the All Blacks, including two test matches. He scored no points and never played in a losing All Blacks side.
In World War I, Glenn served with the Royal Field Artillery, reaching the rank of second lieutenant. In 1916, he was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and ability as an observing officer. His citation reads that "he was exposed to heavy shell fire for several hours, but with great coolness and judgment corrected the fire of his battery throughout, and sent back constant reports on the situation."
|New Zealand Parliament|
He was the first All Black to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament.
- Knight, Lindsay; Akers, Clive. "Billy Glenn". New Zealand Rugby Union. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Manaia". Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts). 1908. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "No. 29637". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 June 1916. p. 6298.
- Scholefield, Guy (1950) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1949 (3rd ed.). Wellington: Govt. Printer. p. 109.
- "Official jubilee medals". Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Rangitikei
James Thomas Hogan