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v Sydney College 1874


played at Bath 21st November 1874

The third match played against Sydney College, Bath.

Above the Bath Chronicle 26th November 1874


The sides for this match were


Arthur Henry Allen - Born abt. 1866 Bristol. Foreman in grain warehouse. Son Harold Arthur Allen killed in WW1.

John Weech Randolph - Born 30th December 1847 Canterbury, Kent. Son of John Weech Randolph. Lt. Col. Army and Georgina Mary (nee Powell). Married Caroline Ritson. Died 4th January 1917 Laverstock House, Laverstock, nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Edmund Judkin Taylor - Born 30th December 1853 Stoke Bishop, Bristol. Brother of Alfred and Herbert. Clifton College 1863-1867. Rugby School. Gloucestershire CCC. England Rugby Trial. Solicitor and Town Clerk of Bristol. Master of the Ancient Society of St. Stephen's Ringers. Founder Bristol and Clifton Golf Club. Died 25th December 1936 Clifton, Bristol. Buried 30th December 1939.

Charles Strachan - Born 5th November 1854 Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Son of Richard. Cheltenham College. Clifton's first captain. Died 18th June 1932.

Butterworth - not known which of the brothers it is.

Walter Montague Bird - Born 20th September 1854 India. Christened 19th November 1854 Madras, India. Son of Edward Wheler Bird, Indian Civil Service, and Catherine (nee Groube). Clifton College 1864-1871. Solicitor. JP. Died 15th December 1936 Teignmouth, Devon.

Budd - not known which of the brothers it is.

Claude Chamberlain - Born 29th April 1853. Brother of Washington. Son of Henry Taylor Chamberlain, Sugar Broker. Christened 14th June 1853 Westbury-on-Trym. Clifton College 1865-1870. China. Sugar Broker. Died 21st November 1886 at Tainanfoo, Formosa of fever.

John Curtis - Born abt. 1851 Bristol. Brother of Michael. Chartered Accountant.

Michael Martyn Curtis - Born 17th November 1853 Clifton, Bristol. Son of John Curtis, Accountant, and Elizabeth (nee Williams). Brother of John. Malvern College. England rugby trial. Spent some time in a mental hospital.. Died 23rd November 1924 Bristol.

John Henry Dunn - Born 16th September 1857 Penally, Pembrokeshire. Brother of Edward and George. Clifton College 1873. Died 1915.

Henry Frank Morris - Clifton College 1864-1869. Died 26th March 1935 Brislington House, Brislington, Bristol.

Walter Stuckey Paul - Born 4th November 1849 Bristol. Brother of Arthur. Clifton College 1863-1866. Architect and Surveyor. Died 25th November 1925.

Edward Henry Phillips - Born 1853 Clifton Bristol. Son of Henry Phillipss, Wine Merchant and Frances Hannah (nee ?). The company was Bristol's oldest wine merchants, started in 1739.

Edward Prioleau Warren - Born 30th October 1856 Cotham, Bristol. Clifton College 1870-1873. Architect. WW1 Serbia. Order of St. Sava and Red Cross of Serbia. Died 23rd November 1937 London. wiki


Sydney College

Lennard Stokes - Born 12th February 1856 Greenwich, London. Son of Henry Graham Stokes, Proctor to the Admiralty and solicitor, and his wife Elizabeth Sewell. Studied medicine at Guys Hospital. Died 3 rd May 1933 Tarrant, near Andover, Hampshire.

Above Lennard Stokes on his England debut in 1875

Wintour - not known at present.

Thomas Wentworth Falconer - Born 1858 Bath, Somerset. Son of Randle Wilbraham Falconer, Physician, and Sophia Harriet Fanny (nee Howard-Vyse). Doctor. Died 1906 Isle of Wight.

Edward Fortescue Wright - Born 11th March 1858 Coburg, Chudleigh, Devon. Cricket Somerset, Davon and Glos. Colonial Service. Inspector General Jamaican Constabulary. Murdered 23rd November 1904 Kingston, Jamaica after a riot. wiki

Woolridge - not known at present.

Frank Whittuck (captain) - Born 16th July 1856 Keynsham, Somerset. Fifth son of Captain William Whittuck and Matilda (nee ). Also educated at the Hermitage, Lansdown. Sandhurst. India. Afgan War. Died 5th September 1881 at Kandahar, Afganistan from dysentery.

Above Frank Whittuck

Blaikie - not known at present.

Matthews - not known at present.

Stockwell - not known at present.

Edward Hogarth Molesworth - Born 2nd May 1854 Dublin, Ireland. Son of Edward Nassau Molesworth, Captain 27th Inniskillen, and Mary Ann (nee Hunt). Baptised 4th June 1854 Royal Barracks, Arbour Hill, Dublin. Father died when he was 12. Brigadier-General Indian Army. Married Died 17th March 1943 Bath.

Slater - not known at present.

W.Helps - not known at present.

J.Helps - not known at present.

Sainsbury - not known at present.

Pheran - not known at present.


Clifton continued to play Sydney College and then Bath College, as it became know. The school got into financial problems and tried to borrow money off Bath Town Council in September 1909. By 24 votes to 14 a scheme to advance the college £8,000 at 31/2% and to make an annual grant of £300 in lieu of the grants under the existing scholarship scheme was rejected. The staff were given notice and the college closed during Christmas 1909.