Death of oldest rugby international

ENGLAND'S oldest surviving rugby union international, Jack Ellis, who was a teacher at the former Scarborough High School for Boys, has died aged 95.

Mr Ellis played club rugby for Wakefield, turned out five times for Yorkshire in 1938, and represented England the following year.

He made his only appearance in the last England international before the outbreak of the Second World War, playing at scrum half in the 9-6 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on March 18 1939.

Mr Ellis also played five times for the Barbarians.

During the war Mr Ellis served as a major in the Royal Army Service Corps and was among the British troops who liberated Belsen in 1945.

After the war he taught at Fettes College, Edinburgh, where former Prime Minister Tony Blair was educated.

Mr Ellis then taught in Lancashire before moving to Scarborough in the early 1950s.

He taught Latin and Greek at the High School, leaving shortly before it closed in 1973.

Alec Gardner, the former head at the school, said: "He was a grand chap who was a very good school master.

"He looked after his boys very well. He helped a lot of students get to university including Cam-bridge."

Colin Rennard, president of Scarborough Rugby Club, who was taught by Mr Ellis, said: "He was well respected because of the disciplined way he delivered his subject."

During his time in Scarborough Mr Ellis and his wife Joy lived in Walmsley Gardens, two addresses in Filey Road and in Cornelian Drive. The couple's two sons, David and Richard, were educated at St Martin's Primary School and the High School.

Their parents retired to West Sussex, but moved to Northampton seven years ago to be near their children.

Mr Ellis died in hospital in Northampton on November 27.

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