Former non-racial rugby player, Professor Ralph Kester, has been awarded the British Empire Medal…

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Former non-racial rugby player, Professor Ralph Kester, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in Queen Elizabeth’s’ Birthday Honours announced earlier this year for services to rugby in Yorkshire. Kester was born in kimberley, in 1938, matriculated from William Pescod High School in 1954, and graduated in medicine at the University of Cape Town in 1960. He played rugby for Thistle RFC and represented Griqualand West Schools and City and Suburban Rugby Union in Cape Town. He received his medal from the Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, who represents Queen Elizabeth, at a special award ceremony this week. Kester and his wife will be guests of the Queen at a garden party in Buckingham Palace next year.



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