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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:


  Substantive Colonel Herbert Edward Rawson
Birth Friday, 3 September 1852 in Port Louis, Plaines Wilhems, British Mauritius
  no registration found
"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." - Limerick Chronicle, Wednesday, 10 November 1852/Oxford Chronicle & Reading Gazette, Saturday, 13 November 1852
  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 Marianne (née Ward).
  According to the 1871 census, Herbert E. is a gentleman cadet in the Army Service Corps Barracks at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, London.
The Army Lists reveal that Rawson joins the Royal Engineers as a Lieutenant on 12 September 1872, 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 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.
  Cannot be found on the 1881 census.
Promoted to the rank of captain in the Royal Engineers on 12 September 1884.
  "RAWSON―August 12, at Valetta, Malta, Elizabeth Stewart, wife of Captain Herbert E. Rawson, R.E." - Belfast News-letter, Saturday, 15 August 1885.
  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.
Became the rank of Major in the Royal Engineers, 31 December 1891.
Served as Lieutenant-Colonel from 7 July 1899, and fought in the Boer War 1899-1902.
(His father died on 20 November 1899)
Colonel Brevet 29 November 1900.
  Not eligible for the 1901 census.
Returned to his appointment as Lieut-Colonel on 7 July 1904 before being awarded as a substantive Colonel on 25 February 1905.
Rawson, H.E. (Col.)— S.African War, 1899-1902.—C.R.E., Lines of Commn. Natal, from 3 Nov. 99; afterwards C.R.E. Natal Dist. (from 1 Jan. 02) Relief of Ladysmith, including operations on Tugela Heights, 14 to 27 Feb. 00, and action at Pieters Hill. Operations in the Transvaal in May and Jun. 00. Operations in the Transvaal in May and Jun. 00. Operations in Natal Mar. to Jun.00, including action at Laings Nek (6 to 9 Jun.).
 Operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in Sept. and Oct. 01. Despatches (Sir R.H. Buller, 30 Mar., 19 Jun. and 9 Nov. 00), Lond. Gaz., 8 Feb. 01, and 29 July 02. Brev. of Col. Queen's medal with 4 clasps. King's medal 2ith 2 clasps.
  According to the 1911 census, retired Colonel Herbert, a widower, lives with his younger sister, Norah, and two servants ( a cook and a parlour maid), at Home Close in Heronsgate.
(His mother died 1 March 1912)
  According to the 1921 census, retired Colonel Herbert, still lives with his younger sister, Norah, and now a cousin, Mary Wardle, and just one servant, still at Home Close in Heronsgate.
Death Saturday, 18 October 1924 at 46 St. George's Road in Westminster, London. Lived at Home Close in Heronsgate, Hertfordshire.
aged 72 years 45 days registered in St George Hanover Square October-December 1924


"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."
Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Tuesday, 21 October 1924
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]
  William Rawson died 4 November 1932
Source 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
Source 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, first brothers to play in same match - first to debut together.

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 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: Royal Engineers F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 22
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 (32) players to appear for England
the third Royal Engineer to represent England
played with his brother William, the first set of brothers to play in same match