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Rupert Anderson Old Etonians AFC

1 appearance, 1 goal against

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 2: A
100% successful

captain: none
minutes played:
  Major Rupert Darnley Anderson MBE
West Dingle in Liverpool, birthplace of Rupert Anderson Birth: Friday, 29 April 1859 in West Dingle [left], Liverpool, Lancashire
registered in West Derby April-June 1859
"ANDERSON.―On the 29th ult., at the West Dingle, Liverpool, the wife of Thomas Darnley Anderson, Esq., of a son." - London Morning Post, Wednesday, 4 May 1859.
Baptism: Tuesday, 7 June 1859 at St. Paul's Church in Princes Park, Liverpool. Living at The Dingle and his father is a merchant.
According to the 1861 census, a young Rupert lives at 10 Marine Terrace, Great Crosby, Liverpool (née Horsfall). The youngest of five children, to Cotton Merchant Thomas and his wife, Dorothy.
According to the 1871 census, Rupert lives at Waverley Abbey in Farnham. Now one of six children, to land owner Thomas and his wife, Dorothy. They have fourteen servants.
"DEATHS ..June 23, THOMAS DARNLEY ANDERSON, Esq., of Waverley Abbey, Farnham, aged 60." - John Bull, Saturday, 1 July 1876.
  Rupert cannot be found on the 1881 and 1891 census returns. However, his name does turn up in the GWR Shareholders. Rupert was stated as living at Waverley Abbey between 1880 and 1903.
"ENGAGEMENTS ...A marriage is arranged between Rupert Darnley Anderson, a second son of the late Mr. T. D. Anderson, of Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey, and Amy Douglas Knyveton, younger daughter of the Rev. Prebendary Harland, of Bishton, in this county." - Lichfield Mercury, Friday, 28 September 1888.
Marriage to Amy Douglas Knyveton Harland, on 3 January 1889, at St Michael's and All Angels Church in Colwich, Staffordshire
registered in Stafford January-March 1889
"ANDERSONHARLAND.―At the Parish Church, Colwich, Staffordshire, by the Lord Bishop of Shrewsbury, assisted by the Rev. David Anderson, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Twickenham, Rural Dean, and the Rev. Thirwall G. Browne, Vicar of Fareham, Rupert Darnley, second son of the late Thomas Darnley Anderson, of Waverley Abbey, Farnham, to Amy Douglas Knyveton, younger daughter of the Rev. Prebendary Harland, Vicar of Colwich, on Thursday, Jan. 3." - St. James's Gazette, Monday, 7 January 1889/Christchurch Times, Saturday, 12 January 1889.   
Children Rupert and Amy Anderson had five children together. Amy D. (b.1890), Margaret Ellen (b.1893), Elizabeth Rose (b.1894), Anna Harland (b.1896), and Rupert Darnley Swithun (b.15 July 1900)
"BIRTHS ...ANDERSON.On the 15th. inst., at Squire's Hill, Tilford, Surrey, the wife of Rupert D. Anderson, of a son." - Lichfield Mercury, Friday, 20 July 1900.
(His mother died at some point during 1899)
According to the 1901 census, Rupert returned to lives at Waverley Abbey in Farnham. Now married to Amy Harland, and with five children, as a retired Fruit Broker. Now with just fifteen servants.
Waverley Abbey in Farnham "Anderson, Rupert Darnley, s. of Thos. Darnley Anderson, of Waverley Abbey, Surrey, J.P. (d. 1876); b. 1859; m.1889, Amy D.K. 2 dau. of late rev. Edwd. Harland, Vicar of Colwich, Staffs; J.P., Staffs: Jun. Carlton club; Squire's Hill, Tilford and Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey." - Kelly's Handbook 1901
According to the 1911 census, Rupert is still a retired fruit broker, still married to Amy with three of his children. They have twelve servants, still living at Waverley Abbey [left].
Rupert was once again found among the GWR Shareholders between 1923 and 1927.
There is confusion over whether Major Anderson received an OBE, or an MBE. From newspaper reports, only his wife received an OBE in the 1913 Honours list for her services as commandant of Waverley Abbey during the war. Only his obituary suggests he received an honour, and that his Cambridge University alumni, which also states his OBE in 1918, confused Mrs. Rupert Anderson as himself.
According to the 1921 census, Rupert is still a retired fruit broker, still married to Amy, and with one of their daughters, Anna, five visitors and eight servants, all living at Waverley Abbey. 
According to the 1939 register, Rupert, a retired fruit merchant, is still married to Amy with one of their children and eight servants. Still living at Waverley Abbey.
(His youngest, Rupert, died at some during 1944)
Death Saturday, 23 December 1944 at Waverley Abbey, Farnham, Surrey
aged 85 years 249 days registered in Surry SW October-December 1944


"Major Rupert Darnley Anderson, of Waverley Abbey, Farnham, who died on Saturday, aged 85, was Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey and a member of the Commission of the Peace for the county.
"Major Anderson was the second son of Mr. Thomas Darnley Anderson, who bought the Waverley Abbey Estate from the Nicholson family some 80 years ago. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and as a young man went to Florida, where he owned orange groves. He returned home to marry Miss Amy Douglas Knyveton Harland, of Bishton Hall, Staffs, on January 3rd, 1889. When their first child was a year old Mrs. Anderson joined her husband in Florida.
"Returning to England, they lived first at Ravenhill, Rugeley, and then at Squire's Hill, Tilford, until the death of Major Anderson's mother, when his elder and bachelor brother, Mr. Charles Archibald Anderson, having died, he succeeded to the Waverley Abbey Estate.
"Major Anderson served on the Commission of the Peace for Staffordshire before being appointed for Surrey, and he followed Mr. R. Mowbray Howard as chairman of the Farnham magistrates.
"He made a considerable contribution to the Conservative and Unionist cause. He was chairman of the Guildford Division during the long years that Mr. St. John Broderick (later the Earl of Middleton) represented the division, and afterwards he rendered good service to Sir Edgar Horne, who won the division back to its old allegiance after its representation by Mr. W. H. Cowan
. as a Liberal Free Trader.
"During the last Great War Major and Mrs. Anderson gave up their beautiful home for use as a military hospital. Mrs. Anderson served as commandant while her husband was with the 5th Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment, and towards the end of hostilities, with the R.A.F. Both Major and Mrs. Anderson received the M.B.E. for their services.
"At Tilford, Major Anderson was president of the Institute, the gift of his family in memory of his elder brother; he was chairman of the managers of the Church of England School, and Vicar's warden: and he founded the Loyal Rupert Anderson Lodge of Oddfellows.
"A tribute to the popularity of Major Anderson and his wife was paid by the district on January 3rd, 1939
[left], when they celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. Rupert ANderson, and his wife Amy, celebrating their golden anniversary in 1939Farnham magistrates presented Major Anderson with an illuminated address and a gold-mounted malacca walking-stick; Farnham Division, British Red Cross Society, gave Major and Mrs. Anderson a copper tray, slivered, gilded and engraved; and other gifts included the MSS. of a poem, in honour of the occasion, written by Canon J. M. C. Crum, and from over 600 friends and neighbours at Farnham, a coffee set, hand worked. Past and present members of the indoor and outdoor staff at Waverley Abbey gave a case of silver-gilt coffee spoons, the presentation being made by Miss Brownson, who had been in the service of Major and Mrs. Anderson for 45 years, nursing all their children, and she was previously in the service of Major Anderson's parents.
"Mrs. Anderson shares her bereavement with an only son. Lieut.-Colonel Darnley Anderson, and four daughters, Mrs. Amy Adlard, wife of Colonel L. S. Adlard, Mrs. Nellie Shuttleworth, wife of Mr. Dennis Shuttleworth, whose only son, Lieut. St. John Shuttleworth, York and Lancaster Regiment, was killed leading his platoon in action in Burma and encouraging the men by sounding a hunting horn; Mrs. Betty Campbell, wife of Colonel G. A. Campbell; and Mrs. Nancy Fulton, wife of Lieut.-Colonel J. O. Fulton."
The Surrey Advertiser and County Times, Saturday, 30 December 1944.
Friday, 29 December 1944
in Tilford
"There was a large and representative congregation at the funeral in Tilford on Friday last week of Major Rupert Darnley Anderson of Waverley Abbey, whose death, at the age of 85, was reported in our last issue. The body had been cremated, and the ashes were interred in Tilford Churchyard, a service in All Saints' Parish Church preceding the burial. The path from the lych gate to the church was lined by members of the British Red Cross Society, who were under the command of Colonel H.S. Jervis, organising secretary for the Hambledon Division. The Bishop of Guildford, Canon J. M. C. Crum, the Ven. J. G. S. Syme, and the Rev. C. J. Vernon received the cortege at the lych gate. The coffin, borne by four employees on the Waverley Abbey Estate―Messrs. F. Gaymer, C. Spiers, G. Jeffery, and J. Deadman―was covered by a Union Jack. Canon Crum read the leasson at the service, and the prayers were said by the Ven. J. G. S. Syme. The hymns 'On the Resurrection Morning,' 'Let Saints on earth,' and 'Through the night of doubt and sorrow,' and the 23rd Psalm were sung. The congregation, which filled the church, stood while the organist, Mr. Tulloah, played the Funeral March. The Nunc Dimittis was sung while the coffin was being borne to the grave, where the committal prayers were said by the Bishop, who finally pronounced the Blessing."
- The Surrey Advertiser, Saturday, 6 January 1945.
"Mrs. Amy Douglas Knyveton Anderson (83), widow of Major Rupert Darnley Anderson, of Waverley Abbey, Farnham, died on Saturday at Squire's Hill, Tilford. She gave notable service to the Church of England and to Farnham by the courage and initiative she took in raising funds to prevent Farnham Castle from passing out of the hands of the Church of England.
"She married Major Anderson, son of Mr. Thomas Darnley Anderson, of the Liverpool shipping firm of glen and Anderson, and their first home was at Rugeley, Staffordshire. Mr. Thomas Darnley Anderson bought Waverley Abbey in 1870 and died in 1876. In 1898 Major Anderson built Squires Hill, Tilford, where he and Mrs. Anderson lived until the death of his mother in 1899 when they moved to Waverley Abbey. After the death of her husband in 1944 and following the sale of the Waverley Abbey Estate, Mrs. Anderson retuned to Squires Hill."
- The West Sussex Gazette, Thursday, 30 August 1951.
Probate "ANDERSON Rupert Darnley of Waverley Abbey Farnham Surrey died 23 December 1944 Probate (save and except settled land) Llandudno 16 April to Amy Douglas Knyveton Anderson widow and Geoffrey Lewis Taylor solicitor.
Effects £50133 6s. 7d. [2019 equivalent: £2,180,020] Further Grant 7 August 1945".
  "ANDERSON Rupert Darnley of Waverley Abbey Farnham Surrey died 23 December 1944 Probate (limited to settled land) Llandudno 7 August to Geoffrey Lewis Taylor solicitor Bernard Machell Cox stockbroker and Claude Pritchard Lewis bank manager.
Effects £67860. [2019 equivalent: £2,950,874] Former Grant P.R. 16 April 1945".
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Attended Eton College and Cambridge University. Played with the Old Etonians AFC also.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1878-79 (missed because of injury)
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of five who became the 57th players (57) to appear for England. 
Position(s) Goalkeeper; Ninth goalkeeper to appear, but was generally a forward for his club.
Only match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 19 years 264 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions One of only four teenagers to keep goal for the National side.
Created a new record set by Barker/Maynard, by going 45-47 minutes before conceding a goal.
Beyond England
Worked as an orange planter in Florida for some time (along with Lindsay Bury), residing in Staffordshire and Surrey when he returned to England. Anderson was awarded the OBE in World War I for services to the Territorial Army and Air Force. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.11.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes Goals
GA ave.min clean sheets captain
1 1 60 1 60 min none none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2 1 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match and played at a home venue
Match History
 Club: Old Etonians A.F.C. - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍᵃ F.A. Committee - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍᵃx

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 19
1 8
match lasted sixty minutes
18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HW 1ᵍᵃ
cs: 45-47min
ᵍᵃkicked in

one of five who became the 57th (57) players to appear for England
one of two who became the sixth (six) Old Etonian to represent England
the ninth goalkeeper to play for England - second teenager
created a new clean sheet record of not conceding for 45-47 min