My name is Michael Leslie Rycroft, I am the proud Great Grandson of Charles Hale, Twickenham's first groundsman, a position he held for 39 years. My mother was so proud of her rugby roots and her connection with Twickenham Rugby Ground. Upon the death of my mother in December 2014 I decided I needed to know a lot more about my family connection with Twickenham as most of my knowledge was hearsay and childhood memories.
I made contact with the World Rugby Museum curator, Michael Rowe and introduced myself. I inquired to see if he had any information regarding the Hale family. To my surprise he said he had and that he also had a family photo album and press cuttings regarding Charles Hale and his family.