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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
Birth Saturday, 6 May 1854, as a British subject born in Mexico [registered in the GRO Consular Birth Indices 1849-1965].

According to the 1861 census, Richard was the eldest of two children to Richard and Helen M. His younger sister, Adelade, had been born in West Derby in 1858, meaning the Geaves family returned to England after 1854, but before 1858. His father, a British subject born in Turkey, was a commission merchant. His mother was a British Subject born in Malta. The four of them, along with four servants, lived 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."
- Friday, 4 March 1881, The Western Times
[2018 equivalent personalty = £16,182,795 & bequethed = £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, 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." - Thursday, 11 August 1881, Pall Mall Gazette/The Globe
  "The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)―Lieutenant Richard Lyon Geaves resigns his commission" - Saturday, 1 October 1881, London Morning Post.
Yateley Manor House, now a private school

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.

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].

  "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." - Saturday, 13 November 1915, Hampshire Advertiser.
Death Thursday, 21 March 1935, at The Manor House in Yateley, aged 80 years 319 days [registered in Aldershot, 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]


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


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 Goals 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 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0

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

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 20
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start ol