We are proud to announce that the Trophy to be presented to the winners of the IDRC 15 has been named after
Lt Cdr Arthur Leyland Harrison VC RN
the only England rugby player to have been awarded the Victoria Cross.
It is supremely fitting to perpetuate Harrison’s memory at the pinnacle of Armed Forces rugby football. Simply seeing his name will remind everyone of those uncompromising and selfless qualities which shown in moments of extreme danger, have inspired generations of military people, and others, from across the World.
In April 1918 Harrison, probably already mortally wounded, with total disregard for his own survival, rallied his raiding party and led them along the sea wall at Zeebrugge into the teeth of devastating German machine gun fire. He was killed charging at the head of his men. His body was never recovered.
Further information on the life of this outstanding Serviceman and England rugby player can be found on the Royal Navy website – in their history section: Arthur Leyland Harrison VC RN.