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Richard Geaves

Clapham Rovers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 2: A 2
50% successful


captain: none
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  Captain Richard Lyons Geaves
  "On the 28th of March last, at the British Legation in Mexico, by Percy W. Doyle, Esq., her Britannic Majesty's Minister Plenipotentiary, Richard Geaves, Esq., to Helen Mackenzie, daughter of John Sidney Farrell, Esq., captain Royal Artillery." - The Standard/The Morning Hearld, Thursday, 5 May 1853
Birth Saturday, 6 May 1854, as a British subject born in the British Legation, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México, Mexico
  registered in the GRO Consular Birth Indices 1849-1965
  According to the 1861 census, Richard is the eldest of two children to Richard and Helen  Mackenzie (née Farrell). His younger sister, Adelade, was born in West Derby in 1858, meaning the Geaves family returned to England after 1854, but before that point. His father, a British subject born in Turkey, is a commission merchant. His mother is a British Subject born in Malta. The four of them, along with four servants, live at Bankfield Road in West Derby.
  According to the 1871 census, Richard is a pupil at Harrow School.
Appointed a lieutenant of the the 15th (York) Battalion on 15 November 1875.
Gloucester Square in Hyde Park "DEVONSHIRE WILLS AND BEQUESTS.
"The will of the late Mr. James Lyon Geaves, of Heavitree, who died on 11th January last, has been proven in the Exeter District Court of Probate, the personalty being sworn under £140,000. The will, which was made last year, was proven on 14th February by James Richard Geaves, the son, Richard Geaves, the nephew, residing at 6 Gloucester Square, Hyde Park;... To his nephew Richard the deceased bequeathed £25,000....The residue of the personalty and the whole of the real estate is left to the testator's son, James Richard Geaves, absolutely." - The Western Times, Friday, 4 March 1881
[2018 equivalent personalty = £16,182,795 & bequeathed = £2,889,785]
According to the 1881 census, R.L. is living with his parents and his sister at 6 Gloucester Square in Paddington [left]. He is a Lieutenant in the 14th Regiment.
Marriage to Jane Chute Ellis, on 9 August 1881 at St. Stephen's Church, South Kensington.
  registered in Kensington July-September 1881
"GEAVES―ELLIS―On the 9th inst., at St. Stephen's Church, South Kensington, Lieutenant R. Lyon Geaves, West Yorkshire Regiment, son of Mr. R. Geaves, Esq., of 6 Gloucester-square, Hyde-park, to Janet Chute, daughter of the late Mr. John Ellis, Esq., of Benara, South Australia." - Pall Mall Gazette/The Globe, Thursday, 11 August 1881
Children Richard and Jane Geaves had six daughters together. Gladys Helen Lyon (b.10 March 1884), May Lyon (b.29 May 1885), Violet Constance Lyon (b.early 1887), Dorothy Lyon (b.6 January 1889), and twins Phyllis Hilda Lyon & Janet Evelyn Lyon (b.3 October 1896)
  "The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)―Lieutenant Richard Lyon Geaves resigns his commission" - London Morning Post, Saturday, 1 October 1881
Yateley Manor House, now a private school (His father died on 24 September 1886 in Eastbourne)
According to the 1891 census, Richard is now married to an Australian, Jane, living with three daughters, May, Violet and Dorothy. Along with six servants, they live in the Manor House on Blackwater Road in Yateley, Hampshire. Richard is a retired Army Officer.
According to the 1901 census, 'Lyon' still married and still living at The Manor House in Yateley with his six daughters. Evelyn, Gladys and Phyllis are the additions to those found in the 1891 census. They have four servants.
(His mother died on 20 October 1907)
According to the 1911 census, Richard is still married to Jane, and live with four daughters. They have five servants, all still living at The Manor House [left].
"MARRIAGES ...CLIMO―GEAVES―On the 9th inst., at Rangoon, Major Percy Hill Climo, R.G.A., fourth son of Lieut.-Colonel and Mrs. W. Hill Climo, Fir Glen, Yateley, Hants, to Gladys Helen, second daughter of Mr. R. L. Geaves (late 14th Regt.) and Mrs. Geaves, Silverthorne, Camberley, Surrey, and late of the Manor House, Yateley, Hants." - Hampshire Advertiser, Saturday, 13 November 1915,
According to the 1921 census, Richard is still married and still lives with their four daughters, and his sister, Adelaide. They now have four servants and are all still living at The Manor House.
(Jane Geaves died 8 January 1929)
Death Thursday, 21 March 1935, at The Manor House in Yateley, Hampshire
aged 80 years 319 days registered in Aldershot January-March 1935
Probate "GEAVES Richard Lyon of The Manor House Yateley Hampshire died 21 March 1935 Probate London 20 May to Sidney Lyon Geaves farmer.
Effects £10226 10s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £732,735]
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Geaves was educated at Harrow School, playing his football there.  Moved up to Cambridge University and earned his 'Blue' in 1874. Joined Clapham Rovers FC and also played for Old Harrovians AFC.
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 28th players (33) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 304 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Geaves was the last member of the 1875 team to die.

Beyond England

Geaves was commissioned into the Bucks Militia in 1874 and transferred to the 14th Regiment in November of the following year. He embarked with the Regiment to Afghanistan and was present at the action at Mazina and took part of the Kama Expedition. Along with a fellow Officer he was invalided home following contracting an illness in the field and resigned his commission on the 1 October 1881. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1971). Hatton Press, p.105./FindMyPast.com/Bosleys Auctioneers

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2 2 50 =0
His only match was a friendly match and at a home venue

Match History
 Club: Clapham Rovers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
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one of six who became the 28th (33) players to appear for England
the third player from Clapham Rovers FC to represent England