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Charles Learoyd

Royal Engineers FC




  Lieutenant Colonel Charles Douglas Learoyd
Birth Sunday, 23 October 1859 in Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Huddersfield, December 1859]

According to the 1861 census, Charles D. is the youngest of four children to Charles William and Isobel. Along with three servants, they live at Hare Dell in Huddersfield. His father is a woollen manufacturer.


According to the 1871 census, 11 year-old Charles is a pupil in Worksop.


According to the 1881 census, Charles Douglas, a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, is still the youngest, and all four children remain at home. They live at Headlands House in Huddeersfield, with four servants. His father is still a woollen manufacturer.


Cannot be found on the 1891 census.

Marriage to Mary Clayton Cockburn, Thursday, 5 October 1893 at St. Mark's Church in Surbiton, Surrey [registered in Kingston, December 1893]

Cannot be found on the 1901 census.


Hart's Annual Army List in 1908 confirms that Charles Douglas Learoyd, of York, had been a Lieutenant since 18 December 1878, captain 19 March 1889, a Major on 24 March 1897, a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on 29 November 1900 and a Lieutenant Colonel on 1 October 1904.

  According to the 1911 Charles D. is married to Mary Clayton, and one of their two children, John Cockburn, lives with them, alongside five servants, at Stackley House in Leicester. He is a retired colonel.

Kelly's Director of Leicestershire & Rutland in 1912-16 places Learoyd in Stackley House, Great Glen.
Then, the Gloucestershire Electoral Registers confirm Charles was living at Whiteshoots in Bourton-on-the-Water between 1919 and 1920.
By 1931, he was based at Redlynch Park, and could be called on Bruton 2 in Somerset.

  According to the 1939 register, Charles, signing himself as Learoyd-Cockburn, a widower, and a retired Colonel in the Royal Engineers is living at Calcot Golf Club, in Berkshire.
Death Sunday, 29 December 1946 at Ayresham House, Brackley, aged 89 years 67 days [registered in Brackley, Northamptonshire, December 1946]
Probate "COCKBURN Charles Douglas Learoyd of Ayresham House Brackley  Northamptonshire died 29 December 1946 Probate London 23 April to John Cockburn Cockburn retired colonel H.M. army and Richard Cockburn Cockburn liutenant-commander R.N..
Effects £39280 19s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £1,548,502]



Playing Career

Club(s) Played for Royal Engineers 1879-1880.
Club honours not known
Height/Weight 5' 6" 11st 3lb [1915]

England Career

Position(s) right sided Forward
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Learoyd became a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in 1878, and served in Sudan from 1885 and Burma in 1886.

The Numbers
parties reserve withdrew
2 1 1

Match History

 Club: Royal Engineers F.C. - no full appearances

F.A. Committee - no full appearancesx

Age 21
10 13 March 1880 - Scotland 5 England 4, Hampden Park, Glasgow Fr AL reserve
11 15 March 1880 - Wales 2 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham Fr AW withdrew injured