Basil Maclear, who attended Bedford School during the 1890s, was inducted to the World Rugby Hall of Fame on 20th September 2015.
Basil was in the School XV between 1895 and 1899, the last three seasons as captain. At 15 he made his debut for Blackheath to wide acclaim and represented the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst at rugby, cricket, athletics and shooting, winning the Sword of Honour in 1900. He served with his regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in the Boer War (1900-02) and was mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Queens Medal with five clasps. He finished the Boer War as a Captain and returned to the UK to resume his rugby career. After being turned down by the English selectors, he was picked by Ireland and played internationally 11 times, including a match against South Africa in which he scored an 80-metre try. A professional soldier with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, Captain Maclear was mentioned in dispatches and was killed in action in May 1915 during the second battle of Ypres. Read more about his life here.
A lecture recently took place at the School, which highlighted the remarkable lives of Basil and his four brothers – read more about the lecture here.