The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

Team captain Percy Lambe photographed on 8 February 1913 on the occasion of the interport match against Tientsin played in Shanghai. To see team photo click here

 Percy Lamb was the first Shanghai rugby player to be killed in World War One. He died on 7 November 1915 aged thirty-one. 
A regular player since 1904 and a previous Vice Captain and Captain of the Club, Percy played in four interport games and the records show played at least fifty games for Shanghai. His last recorded game was February 1913.
Born in 1884 in London one of at least six children, he was educated at Tonbridge School. He started his career in London and arrived in Shanghai in 1903 to join Wisner and Co where he stayed until he departed for the War eleven years later.
He also represented Shanghai at interport soccer and played for the Light Horse unit of the SVC in the one rugby league season that had been tried before the War.  
​ An all round sportsman, he was also a keen cricketer, golfer and tennis player.The details about his death which were published in Shanghai were scarce; ‘Information has reached Shanghai to the effect that Lieut. Percy Lambe’s death, which took place on November 7, was instantaneous and was due to an aerial torpedo which wrecked the trench he was in.

The notice of Lambe's death in the North China Herald on 20 November 1915

Percy Lambe (1884 - 1915)