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Pelham von Donop

Royal Engineers FC

2 appearances, 0 goals

P 2 W 1 D 1 L 0 F 6: A 4
75% successful


disciplined: none
minutes played:


Full name Lieutenant-Colonel Pelham George von Donop
Born 28 April 1851 in Southsea, Hampshire [no registration can be found].
Although, according to the 1851 census, the von Donop's were living in Portsea at the time of his birth.

Census Notes

According to the 1851 census, Louisa is pregnant with her third child, who will be Pelham. His father, Edward is a Commander in the Royal Navy. They live at Sydney House, 8 Elm Grove in Portsea. They have three servants.

According to the 1861 census, Pelham is the second eldest of seven children living at home with their mother, Louisa. They live at Brenton Cottage, 5 Sion Row in Walcot area of Bath. They have five servants.

Cannot be found on the 1871 census.
According to the Army List, Pelham joined the Royal Engineers on 15 December 1871.

According to the 1881 census, Pelham is a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers living at 31 Park Street in Bath with his elderly parents and two of his sisters. His father is a retired vice-Admiral. They have four servants.
According to the Harts Army List, Captain P.G. Von Donop served with the Nile Expedition in 1884-85, receiving the Medal with Clasp, and Khedive's Star. Again, according to the 1888 list, von Donop was commanding the 21st company R.E. in Chatham. He was a Lieut. from 15 December 1971 and a Captain from 15 December 1883.

According to the 1901 census, Pelham, along with is wife and one servant, are living at 94 Ashley Gardens in Westminister. He is now a Lieut.Colonel.

Married to Annie Ethel Farren Orr, 15 March 1890 at St. Thomas Cathedral, Bombay. [registered in Bombay in the British India Office Ecclesiastical Returns, March 1890]. By this point, he is a Major.
Died 7 November 1921, aged 70 years 193 days [registered in St. George Hanover Square, December 1921].
Buried in Mortlake cemetery, London.
Height/Weight not known


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

Club Career

Club(s) Educated at Royal Somersetshire College, Bath, before entering the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich in 1869. He represented the academy in the annual cricket match as well as football.  He was commissioned a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 15 December 1871 and the following April was posted to the School of Military Engineering at Chatham, Kent.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1873-74, winners 1874-75;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of nine who became the 12th players (16) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
First match No. 2, 8 March 1873, England 4 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 21 years 314 days.
Last match No. 4, 6 March 1875, England 2 Scotland 2, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 312 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

In 1899, von Donop left the Royal Engineers who became the an Inspecting Officer of Railways for the Board of Trade's Railway Inspectorate. He was promoted to Chief Inspecting Officer in July 1913 and held that position until his retirement in 1916. During his time with the Board of Trade he investigated numerous railway accidents, such as those at Witham, Essex in 1905 and at Ilford, Essex, in 1915, and also carried out safety inspections of tram services, such as that at Warrington, Lancashire. Von Donop acted as godfather to the writer P.G. Wodehouse, who was named Pelham in his honour.- An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.255.


Pelham von Donop - Career Statistics
Squads Appearances Minutes Goals Goals Av.min Captain Discipline
2 2 180 0 0 min none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Pelham von Donop - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - Friendly 2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 75.0 +1
All 2 1 1 0 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 75.0 +1


Pelham von Donop - Match History
 Club: Royal Engineers F.C. - 2 full caps

Coach: F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - 2 full capsx

Age 21
1 2 8 March 1873 - England 4 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start for
Age 23
2 4 6 March 1875 - England 2 Scotland 2, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HD Start for