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Herbert Rawson

Royal Engineers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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


captain: none
minutes played:


  Lieutenant-Colonel Herbert Edward Rawson
Birth Friday, 3 September 1852 in Port Louis, British Mauritius [a British Subject not registered in the UK].
"At Mauritius, on the 3rd. of September, the wife of the Hon. Rawson W. Rawson, Esq., Treasurer and Paymaster General of that colony, of a son."
- Wednesday, 10 November 1852, Limerick Chronicle/Saturday, 13 November 1852, Oxford Chronicle & Reading Gazette

According to the 1861 census, is living with his uncle and aunty, Frederick and Frances Jane Hewlett, in St.Augustine's, The Rectory in Ticehurst, in East Sussex.
Herbert is the second child to Rawson William and Sophia Mary Ann (née Ward). 


According to the 1871 census, Herbert E. was a gentleman cadet in the Army Service Corps Barracks at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, London.
The Army Lists reveal that Rawson joined the Royal Engineers on 12 September 1872, only nine months after Pelham von Donop.

Marriage to Elizabeth Georgina Stuart Armstrong on Thursday, 8 July 1875 at Christ Church in Kingstown, county Dublin [not registered in the UK].
"RAWSON―ARMSTRONG―July 8, at Christ Church, Kingstown, Co. Dublin, by the Rev. Fredk. Cavendish and the Rev. Latham Coddington Warren. Herbert Edward Rawson, Esq., R.E., second son of Rawson W. Rawson, C.B., to Elizabeth Stuart, eldest daughter of Richard Owen Armstrong, Esq., Clifton Terrace, Monkstown, Dublin."
- Belfast News-letter, Saturday, 10 July 1875. Elizabeth died 12 August 1885 in Malta

Cannot be found on the 1881 census.


According to the 1891 census, Herbert E. is a captain in the Royal Engineers visiting the Russell family in Ewhurst House, Prospect Lane in Andover.
Served as Lieutenant-Colonel in the Boer War 1899-1902.


Cannot be found on the 1901-11 census'.

Death Saturday, 18 October 1924 at 46 St. George's Road in Westminster, London, aged 72 years 45 days [registered in St George Hanover Square, December 1924]. Lived at Home Close in Heronsgate


"A year ago Colonel C. K. Wood, late of the Royal Engineers, who had played in the first Association Cup-tie died. Last Saturday there died Colonel Herbert Edward Rawson C.B., also formerly of the Royal Engineers, who played in the Cup-ties of 1874 and 1875. In the former year he played Association football for England and kept wicket for Kent. Service with a Submarine Mining Company at Bermuda deprived him of further chances of first class cricket. He was thrice mentioned in dispatches during the Boer War and went in for aeronautics and other sciences. As a hobby he experimented in hybridisation of plants, and it was reported of him that he claimed to be able to change the species of a plant in two generations. An old comrade in arms tells me that Colonel Rawson was the last survivor of the R.E. eleven which played in the first Cup-ties."
Tuesday, 21 October 1924,
Sheffield Daily Telegraph.
Probate "RAWSON Herbert Edward of Home Close Heronsgate Hertfordshire died 18 October 1924 at 46 St. George's-road Westminster Middlesex Probate London 12 December to Norah Louisa Rawson spinster.
Effects £2536 8s. 6d." [2019 equivalent: £155,337]


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Rawson was educated at Westminster School. He represented the school at football between 1869 and 1871, becoming captain in his final year. After leaving school he joined Royal Engineers FC.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1873-74, winners 1874-75;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Played one first-class cricket match as a wicketkeeper for Kent in 1873.
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 (32) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 22 years 184 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions Brother of William

Beyond England

Served in the Royal Engineers 1872-1909, retiring with the rank of Colonel. Posted overseas in 1874. He received the silver-gilt CB - the fourth most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry - and was one of the first people in Heronsgate to install a telephone. In his Who’s Who entry, he simply listed his telephone contact detail as "Chorleywood West". His medals were auctioned in 2013. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.203./BucksFreePress

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: Royal Engineers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

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

Age 22
1 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start for