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George Heinrich Frederick Cookson


George Heinrich Frederick Cookson was born in Frome in 1870. His mother (nee Brutzer) came from Baden-Wuerttemberg. In 1891 he was the eldest of five children with a brother and 3 sisters; his father, William Edgar Cookson, was a retired Captain R.N., living at Ashton, Clifton Wood Road, Clifton.

He was educated at Clifton College from 1881-1889 and Lincoln College, Oxford.

He occasionally played for Clifton in 1892 and 1893. He played for Clifton in the match v Bristol on the 21st January 1893. He also played for Gloucestershire. He had a trial for England in 1892.

Back row (L-R): G.H.F.Cookson, F.I.Colishaw, E.Selby, W.H.Wakefield, F.O.Poole, C.D.Baker. Seated: W.E.Wilkinson, P.C.Cochran, A.R.Kay, P.R.Clauss, L.J>pErcival, R.G.T.Coventry, E.Bonham-Carter. On Ground: J.Conway-Rees, G.M.Carey.

Above Oxford XV of 1891 with George Heinrich Frederick Cookson. Cambridge won by 4 (2 tries) to nil.

Back row (L-R): A.Latter, W.B.Stewart, A.H.Grant, J.A.Smith, A.C.Elwes, A.H.Colville. Seated: F.O.Poole, G.M.Carey, G.H.F.Cookson, C.D.Baker, J.Conway-Rees, W.H.Wakefield, L.Mortimer. On Ground: W.P.Donaldson, L.C.Humfrey, H.M.Taberer.

Above Oxford XV of 1892 with George Heinrich Frederick Cookson. C.D.Baker was unable to play so Cookson was made captain. The match was drawn 0-0

He was Assistant Master at Fettes College, Edinburgh. He also taught at Tewfikieh Training College, Cairo and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth where he taught the Princes of Wales. He was appointed H.M. Inspector of Schools in January 1912.

He wrote Poems and Egyptian and Other Verses, He was editor of English Poetry for Primary Schools.

In 1913 he lived at 7 Worcester Crescent, Clifton, Bristol.

During World War 1 he was a Captain in the Duke of Cornwalls Light Infantry. He was in the Labour Corps in France and Belgium and in 1918 a Captain at RAF Kingsworth Airship Station. He was Editor of English the Magazine of the English Association.

He died on 24th September 1949.