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Bernard Middleditch

Corinthians FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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Bernard Middleditch


  Bernard Middleditch MA
Birth Sunday, 31 December 1871 in Hornsey Lane, Highgate, Middlesex
  registered in Edmondton January-March 1872 - part of the Middlesex County Registration until 1889
"MIDDLEDITCH.—On the 31st ult., at Hornsey-lane, Highgate, the wife of W. H. Middleditch, Esq., of a son." - The Globe, Wednesday, 3 January 1872/The Morning Post, Thursday, 4 January 1872/Islington Gazette, Friday, 5 January 1872
"MIDDLEDITCH.—Mrs W. H., Highgate, Dec 31." - The Week's News, Saturday, 6 January 1872

According to the 1881 census, Bernard is the youngest of four children to William Henry and Georgiana (née Sampson). Only three of them are here. They live at Hermitage House in Kinson, Dorset.


According to the 1891 census, Bernard remains the youngest of four, now living at The Green, in Lea, Derbyshire, with three servants. He is a student of Theology. His father is a retired bank clerk.
His father....

"DEATHS ...MIDDLEDITCH.—On the 15th inst., at 21, Holmsdale-gardens, Hastings. W. H. Middleditch, son of the late Woolfrey Middleditch, aged sixty-six." - The Morning Post, Friday, 20 August 1897
  In 1900, Bernard became second lieutenant in the 1st Worcestershire Voluntary Artillery Corps.
According to the 1901 census, Bernard is a schoolmaster at School House, Cambridge University in Malvern, Worcestershire.
Marriage to Florence Margaret Sutherland Græme, on Thursday, 16 April 1903 at 2.30pm at St. Barnabas Church, Pimlico, London.
registered in St.George Hanover Square April-June 1903
"MIDDLEDITCH—SUTHERLAND GRÆME.—On April 16th at St. Barnabas Church. Pimlico, by the Rev. E.R. Dowdeswell, assisted by the Rev. Kenneth Sutherland Græme, brother of the bride. Bernard, youngest son of the late William Henry Middleditch, Esq., to Florence Margaret Sutherland Græme, only daughter of Alexander M. Sutherland Græme, of Græmeshall, Orklney, and granddaughter of the late John Mason Neale, D.D." - The Gentlewoman, Saturday, 16 May 1903
"The marriage of Miss Sutherland Græme to Mr Bernard Middleditch of the College, Great Malvern, was solemnised on Thursday last week. The church of S. Barnabas, Pimlico, within which the marriage ceremony was performed, is one of the most interesting and probably the most beautiful of modern London churches. The church which looked very beautiful with its Easter decorations, was full of relatives and friends who had come together to ask God's blessing on the young couple. Punctually at 2.30 the bride arrived and was escorted by her father, and followed by her six bridesmaids to the chancel gates, where the ceremony of marriage was performed by the Rev. E. R. Dowdeswell, assisted by the Rev. Kenneth S. Sutherland Græme. The bride's wedding dress was a beautiful ivory satin duchesse, the bodice trimmed with with point de Venise lace, and fine mother of pearl and silver pasementerie. The skirt was trimmed with the passementerie and chiffon frills edged with chenilee. She carried a bouquet of white lilac, the gift of the bridegroom, a wore [a] gold bracelet. A reception was afterwards held by Mrs Sutherland Græme at the Caxton Hall, Westminster, where upwards of 150 guests assembled. The bride and bridegroom left at 4.30 for Canterbury en route for Paris, and their departure was very picturesque. As they descended the broad stair-way, which was lined on both sides by their friends waiting to bid them adieu, showers of primroses were thrown upon them from the surrounding galleries, and the shower continued to fall until the happy pair reached the carriage which was to convey them to the station." - The Orcadian, Saturday, 25 April 1903 [abridged].

Bernard and Florence Middleditch had two children together, Margaret Christian (b.20 April 1904) and John Græme (b.23 March 1907).
"HARROW ON THE HILL.—On the 20th April at Woodcroft, the wife of Bernard Middleditch, of a daughter" - The Orcadian, Saturday, 30 April 1904
"MIDDLEDITCH.—At Woodcroft, Harrow-on-the-Hill, on 23rd March, the wife of Bernard Middleditch, of a son." - The Orkney Herald, Wednesday, 3 April 1907

According to the 1911 census, Bernard is now married to Florence and he is a Science Master at Harrow School. He lives at Woodcroft, London Road in Harrow with his two children, Margaret and John, and also two servants.
During the war, he became a private for the Royal Sussex Regiment.
According to London Electoral Registers, Middleditch was living at Woodcroft from 1907 to at least 1911, however. by 1918, he was living at Hillside, on Peterborough Hill, still in Harrow.
His mother...

"DEATHS. ...MIDDLEDITCH.—On September 5th, at University School, Georgiana Middleditch, widow of W.H. Middleditch, aged 76." - Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, Saturday, 13 September 1919
  According to the 1921 census, Bernard is still married and he is a HouseMaster at Harrow School. He now lives at The Park, School House at 15 High Street in Harrow on the Hill with the Boys' Matron, Edith Morgan, and three servants.
According to London Electoral Registers, Middleditch was, from 1921-31, at 15 High Street, in Harrow.
"DEATHS. ...Mrs Middleditch
"We deeply regret to announce the death at Harrow on Tuesday, May 15th, of Mrs Bernard Middleditch, eldest child and only daughter of the late Mr Alexander Malcolm Sutherland Græme, and sister of Mr Patrick Sutherland Græme of Græmeshall. "
- The Orkney Herald, Wednesday, 28 May 1930
"Harrow, which broke up for the Easter holiday yesterday, is losing its senior science master, Mr. Bernard Middleditch, who has been at the school for more than a quarter of a century. Thirty eight years ago at Cambridge he was one of a brilliant group of young men who since attained distinction. Two are judges, one was a Cabinet Minister and another is a Dean." - The Daily Mirror, Tuesday, 5 April 1932.
"In Halstead, May 27 [1935], Bernard Middleditch, Harrow-on-the-Hill, was summoned for allowing a motor car to stand on the highway at Earls Colne without lights. Mr. E.G. Hines, for defendant, said the offence was due to a defective cable. Defendant had been driving for 20 years, and had a clean record. Fined 10/-." - The Newsman, Saturday, 1 June 1935.
  According to the 1939 register, Bernard, a retired schoolmaster, is now widowed and living at 13 Watchbell Street in Rye.
His son, Captain John Middleditch, of the Green Howards, died 26 February 1942 in the Middle East.
According to East Sussex Electoral Registers, Bernard is living at Dormy Square in Rye in 1945, then at 19 Church Square, with his daughter, in 1946, then 36 Church Square from 1947 until his death.
Death Monday, 3 October 1949 at 36 Church Square, Rye, Sussex
aged 77 years 276 days registered in Battle October-December 1903
"Bernard Middleditch, for several years a prominent Corinthian, died yesterday, aged 76. A Cambridge 'Blue' in 1895, he played right half-back for England against Ireland in Nottingham in 1897 when England won by six clear goals." - Manchester Evebing News/Nottiingham Evening Post/The Evening Sentinel, Tuesday, 4 October 1949
Funeral Remains cremated on 17 May 1950 at St. Andrew's Churchyard, Fairlight cemetery, Sussex No service....why the delay?
Probate "MIDDLEDITCH Bernard of 36 Church-square Rye Sussex died 3 October 1949 Probate London 2 January to Margaret Christian Middleditch spinster.
Effects £6630 9s. 6d." [2023 equivalent: £187,876]
  "Mr. Bernard Middleditch, of 36, Church-square, Rye, Sussex, retired housemaster of Harrow School (The park), former Corinthian, a Cambridge Blue, and who died on October 3 last, aged 76 years, left £6630 9s. 6d. gross, £2608 2s. 4d. net value." - Harrow Observer & Gazette, Thursday, 19 January 1950

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Cambridge University Alumni
Adm pens. at JESUS, 1891.
S. of W.H. Esq, B. 1871 at Highgate, Middlesex.
Sch: private. Matric.Michs.1891. B.A. 1894. M.A. 1909
Football (assoc.) 'blue,' 1895. Played for England, 1897.
Assistant Master at Malvern College, 1900-3; at Harrow 1903-32.
Of 36, Church Square, Rye, Sussex, in 1947.
Died on Oct 3, 1949.
(Book of Blues; Army Lists; Schoolmasters' Directories)

Playing Career

Club(s) Did not have a club career as such. He attended Jesus College and earned his 'blue' with Cambridge University in 1895.
Corinthians 1895-1905 82 appearances
Club honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 229th players (231) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 59, 20 February 1897, England 6 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Trentbridge Cricket Ground, Brook Lane, West Bridgford, Nottingham, aged 25 years 51 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1896-97;
Team honours None
Individual honours The Amateurs (two appearances, March 1895-March 1896)
The South (two appearances, February 1899-March 1900)
Distinctions Bernard's niece, Ruth Milne, married Vaughan Lodge.

Beyond England

A schoolmaster by profession, in Chemistry, he held appointments at University School in Hastings from 1895-1900, and then at two public schools, Malvern 1900-03 and Harrow from 1903 until his retirement in 1932. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.173.

The Numbers
parties Appearances comp. apps minutes captain
1 1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6 0 100 +1
His only match was a British Championship fixture played at a home venue

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1897-98 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6.00 0.00 100.0 +1
1 1 0 0 6 0 +6 0 1 6 0 100 +1

Match History

 Club: Corinthians F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. International Select Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 23 trial  
one appearance - The Amateurs vs. The Professionals, 28 March 1895;
Age 24    
one appearance - The Amateurs vs. The Professionals, 25 March 1896;

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 25
1 59 20 February 1897 - England 6 Ireland 0
Trentbridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham
BC HW   rh

one of five who became the 229th players (231) to appear for England
the 58th player from Corinthians FC to represent England

Age 27 trial  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 1 February 1899;
Age 29  
one appearance - The South vs. The North, 7 March 1900;