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Cecil Wingfield-Stratford

Royal Engineers FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 3
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captain: none
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  Brigadier-General Cecil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford CBE CMG CB
Birth Friday, 7 October 1853 in Addington Place, Addington, near West Malling, Kent
  registered in Malling October-December 1853
"On the 7th inst., at Addington-place, near Maidstone, Mrs. W. Stratford, of a son." - South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday, 18 October 1853.
Baptism 23 March 1857 at All Souls Church in Marylebone
Addington Place in West Malling, the birthplace of Cecil Wingfield-Stratford According to the 1861 census, Cecil is the fourth of seven children to John and Jane Elizabeth (née Guise). His father is a Justice of the Peace. They all live at Addington Place in Addington [left], with eighteen servants.
According to the 1871 census, Cecil is a pupil studying at a school, on South Lancaster Road, in the Norwood Park area of Croydon.
Cecil was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in 1873
According to the 1881 census, Cecil is at Fartherwell Hall in Ryarsh in Malling. He is a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers and he is at the home of his future bride, the Bligh's. They have fourteen servants.
(His father died on 8 May 1881)
"ENGAGEMENTS ...A marriage is arranged to take place shortly between Cecil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford, Lieutenant R.E. (son of the late John Wingfield-Stratford, Esq., of Addington Park), and Rosalind Isabel, daughter of the Hon. and Rev. Edward and Lady Isabel Bligh." - Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser/The Liverpool Mercury, Friday, 29 July 1881.
Marriage to Rosalind Isobel Bligh, on 13 October 1881, at Birling Church, West Malling
  registered in Malling October-December 1881
"BIRLING―Oct. 13, at Birling Church, Cecil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford, Lieut. R.E., third son of the late J. Wingfield-Stratford, Esq., of Addington Park, to Rosalind Isabel, only daughter of the Hon. and Rev. E. V. and Lady Bligh." - Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday, 22 October 1881.
Children Cecil and Rosalind Wingfield-Stratford had three children together. Esmé Cecil (b.20 September 1882), Geoffrey Edward (b.18 January 1887) and Rosalind Frances Cecily (b.28 August 1893)
  According to the 1891 census, Cecil is a captain in the Royal Engineers and is married to Rosalind and they have two children. They live at The Cracknells, Norton Green in Freshwater, Esme and Geoffrey, on the Isle of Wight.
  (His mother died 20 February 1897)
According to the 1901 census, Lieutenant Colonel Cecil is living at Stowford House in Harford, Devon, with his wife and two eldest children and eight servants.
  According to the 1911 census, Colonel Cecil and his wife are visiting the home of Lord Llewelyn Mostyn, who live at Mostyn Hall, in Mostyn, Flintshire.
"General Wingfield-Stratford joined the Royal Engineers as Lieutenant on April 29, 1873, and obtained his captaincy on Jan. 8, 1885. In the meantime, he had been appointed Adjutant to the Submarine Mining Battalion, which position he occupied from 1884 to 1889. He secured his other steps as follows:―Major, April 1, 1893; Lieutenant-Colonel, Aug. 12, 1900; Brevet-Colonel, Feb. 10, 1904; Substantive-Colonel, Jan. 1, 1907; On the latter date he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Irish Command at Dublin, and given the temporary rank of Brigadier-General. As such he served on the staff of the Royal Hibernian Military School in Phœnix Park, and he held these appointments until Oct. 7, 1915, when he took his retired pay." - Staffordshire Advertiser, Saturday, 28 November 1914.
"By the decision of a Medical Board, Lieut.-Col. W. E. Harrison, of Wychnor Park, Barton-on-Trent, has been deprived of the privilege and distinction of taking on active service the fine corps of Royal Engineers for the North Midland Territorial Division, which by his energy and generosity he had done so much to raise and to bring to its present state of efficiency. To succeed him in the command of the Service unit, an old officer of the Regular Force of Engineers has been appointed in the person of Brig.-Gen. Cecil Vernon Wingfield Stratford. The new commander was born in 1853, the year which Russia declared war on Turkey, and which led to the declaration of war between England and Russia the following year. On Oct. 7 last he celebrated his 61st birthday, but he is still hale and active, and welcomes heartily his re-call to the Colours at this critical juncture." - Staffordshire Advertiser, Saturday, 28 November 1914.
"The King has been graciously pleased to give directions for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michal and Saint George, for services rendered in connection with military operations in the field, to be dated the 1st January 1916:― To be Additional Members of the Third Class, or Companions of the said Most Distinguished Order: Colonel (Honorary Brigadier-General) Cecil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford." - Sheffield Daily Telegraph,
Friday, 14 January 1916,
Fatherwell Hall in West Malling, the deathplace of Cecil Wingfield-Stratford "Lady Isabel Mary Frances Bligh, of Fartherwell Hall, West Malling, who died on December 18th last, aged 84, widow of the Rev. the Hon. Edward Vesey Bligh, and last surviving sister of the late Marquess of Abergavenny, has left unsettled estate of the value of £141,253, the net personalty being £117,487. She devised the Fatherwell Estate to her daughter, Rosalind Isabel Wingfield-Stratford, for life, with remainder to her husband, Brigadier-General Cecil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford, a great grandson of the third Lord Powerscourt, and their children." - Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday, 10 March 1916.
[2018 equivalent = £11,680,536, personalty £9,715,271].
  According to the 1921 census, Cecil, now a farmer (ex-soldier) and his wife are now living at Fartherwell Hall in West Malling with six servants.
Death Sunday, 5 February 1939 in Fartherwell Hall, West Malling, London
aged 85 years 121 days registered in Malling January-March 1939


"The death was announced on Monday at Fatherwell, West Malling, Kent, of Brigadier-General Cecicil Vernon Wingfield-Stratford in his 86th year. Educated at the R.M.A., Woolwich. Brigadier Wingfield-Stratford served in the Royal Engineers from 1873 to 1910, when he retired with the hon. rank of Brigadier-General.  He was chief engineer in Ireland from 1906-10, and served during the Great War, from 1914-18, when he was mentioned in dispatches' four times and received the C.M.G. and C.B."
Ballymena Weekly Telegraph,  
Saturday, 11 February 1929,.
Probate "STRATFORD Cecil Wingfield Vernon of Fartherwell West Malling London died 5 February 1939 Probate London 4 July to Rosalind Isabel Wingfield Stratford widow.
Effects £2764 9s. 5d." [2019 equivalent: £182,025]
  Rosalind Isabel Wingfield-Stratford MBE died on 13 March 1953 at Fatherwell
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Playing Career
Club(s) Attended the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, London, before joining the Royal Engineers in 1873;
Club honours FA Cup winners 1874-75;
Individual honours Kent FA
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].
England Career
Player number One of seven who became the 43rd players (49) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-left
Only match No. 6, 3 March 1877, England 1 Scotland 3, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 23 years 147 days.
Individual honours None
Distinctions The last member of the 1877 team to die.
Beyond England
Awarded the CMG 1916 and CB 1918. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.273.

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 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1 3 0 -1
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 - one full appearance (90 min)x

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

Age 23
1 6 3 March 1877 - England 1 Scotland 3
The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington
Fr HL   ol

one of seven who became the 43rd (49) players to appear for England
the fourth Royal Engineer to represent England