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Herbert Whitfeld Old Etonians AFC

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  Herbert Whitfeld JP
Birth Thursday, 25 November 1858 in Bank House, High Street, Lewes, Sussex
registered as Whitfield (with the 'i' is crossed out) in Lewes October-December 1858
"WHITFELD.―Nov. 25, at Lewes, Mrs. George Whitfeld, of a son." - The Sussex Advertiser, Tuesday, 30 November 1858.
Baptism Sunday, 16 January 1859 at All Saints Church in Lewes.

According to the 1861 census, Herbert is the fourth of five children to George and Charlotte (née Chatfield), living in Bank House, in the High Street in Lewes. His father is a banker.

According to the 1871 census, Herbert now has three younger siblings, and with his parents and two older brothers, five servants, they are all still living at Bank House.

Cannot be found on the 1881 census.

According to the 1891 census, Herbert is visiting George B. Sureford, the Chief Constable of Sussex Police. He still lives at Bank House and he himself remains as a banker.
(His father died on 31 May 1891)
Kelly's Directory of 1899 states Herbert Whitfeld at Bank House, Lewes.

Marriage to Muriel Frances Sulivan, on Tuesday, 30 October 1900, in Offham
registered in Lewes October-December 1900
"Mr. Herbert Whitfeld is the second son of the late Mr. George Whitfeld, of Hamsey House, Lewes, and Miss Muriel Frances Sulivan is the daughter of the late captain T. W. Sulivan, R.N. The bride wore a white ivory duchesse satin dress trimmed with lace, and a Brussels lace veil, with a coronet of real orange blossoms, pinned with a diamond brooch presented by the bridegroom. She carried a bouquet of white lilac and lilies of the valley. Her going away dress was of pale grey fine cloth, with passementerie trimming, a white mousselin de soie vest, interlaced with turquoise blue velvet. She wore a grey toque trimmed with grey feathers and white violets; a long grey coat trimmed with silver fox, and muff to match. The bridesmaids were attired in white brocade Empire dresses, with pale blue sashes and lace fronts, and wore black velvet picture hats, trimmed with black silk and black ospreys...The marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. A. L. Whitfeld, assisted by the Rev. Sir George Shiflner and the Rev. W. P. Crawley, the latter giving a happy little address...After the wedding party had left the church, Mrs. F. B. Whitfeld held a reception at Offham House, about 250 guests being present....Later the bride and bridegroom drove to Brighton, and then proceeded to Otterbourne House, near Winchester. kindly lent by Major Scarlett, R.H.A., and Mrs. Scarlett, where the honeymoon will be spent."
- Sussex Gazette, Tuesday, 2/6 November 1900,
Children Herbert and Muriel Whitfeld had two sons together. Timothy (b.2 February 1902) and John Francis (b.1 June 1903)

According to the 1901 census, Herbert, still a banker, is now married to Muriel, and they both live at Bank House, with two servants.
Kelly's Directory of 1905 confirms Whitfeld as a magistrate, from Old Bank House in Lewes.
(His mother died on 27 April 1906 at Hamsey House, Lewes)

Death Thursday evening, 6 May 1909 at Warren Wood, Chailey, Lewes, Sussex.
Died of consumption.
aged 50 years 162 days registered in Lewes April-June 1909


"With feelings of deep regret and sorrow the inhabitants of Lewes and district heard on Friday morning of the sudden death of Mr. Herbert Whitfeld J.P., Warren Wood, Chailey. The deceased gentleman had been an invalid for a considerable time, but death occurred with painful suddenness on Thursday evening, after he had partaken of dinner. Some years ago Mr. Whitfeld fell a victim to rheumatic gout, and although he visited Egypt and other places for the benefit of his health he gradually became worse, and the immediate cause of death was consumption. Fifty years of age, deceased was the second son of the late Mr. George Whitfeld, Hamsey House, Lewes, and brother of Mr. F. B. Whitfeld, J.P., the present occupant of Hamsey House. He married the daughter of Admiral Sullivan (Niece of Mrs. F. B. Whitfeld), and the widow and two little boys are left to mourn their loss.
"In years gone by Mr. Whitfeld achieved much success in the cricket field. He was a born captain. After splendid records at Eton and Cambridge it was only natural that he should take his place in the Sussex county eleven, and his election to the captaincy in 1884 was cordially approved.  most reliable batsman, his scores were even and useful. He was not one of those occasionally brilliant batsmen who make centuries and then do nothing for several matches in succession. One season he headed the Sussex batting averages. At tennis, croquet, and other outdoor sports he also excelled, and it was a most pathetic circumstance that in the prime of manhood ill health should have prevented him taking such an active part in sport as formerly. The Southdown Tennis and Croquet Club and the annual tournaments in Glynde Park have lost a staunch supporter as well as other local recreation clubs.
"Mr. Whitfeld did not play a prominent part in public life, but as a Justice of the Peace the public recognised in him a gentleman of sterling worth. Whilst a resident at Bank House, Lewes, he was much in demand at the occasional courts, and always fulfilled his duties with credit. He won the respect of all who came in contact with him, and his loss will be sadly felt. For many years deceased was a director of Barclay's Bank, and resided at Bank House, Lewes, until he removed to Warren Wood, Chailey."

Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday, 14 May 1909.
Monday afternoon, 9 May 1909
Chailey North Common Churchyard, Lewes
"Mourners from far and near assembled at Chailey North Common Churchyard on Monday afternoon, when the funeral took place. The service was of a simple character, but in its simplicity it was indeed impressive. At the churchyard gate the coffin was met by the Rev. T. H. L. Jellicoe (rector of Chailey) and the Rev. H. Matravers (curate), who preceded it to the church, where a short service was held. The last solemn rites at the graveside were witnessed by a large and representative assembly of mourners, anxious to pay a last tribute of respect to their departed friend. The coffin was of polished oak with brass fittings, and the inscription read:―Herbert Whitfeld, died 6th May, 1909, aged 50 years." With the coffin was buried a beautiful floral cross."
Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday, 14 May 1909.
Probate "WHITFELD Herbert of Lewes and Warrenwood Newick Sussex died 6 May 1909 at Warrenwood Probate London 15 June to Muriel Frances Whitfeld widow and Montague Lewes Parkin esquire.
Effects £34419 4s. 1d." [2019 equivalent: £4,127,744]
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &
Cambridge University Alumni
WHITFELD, Herbert.
Adm pens. at TRINITY, 31 May 1877.
S. of George, of Hamsey House, near Lewes, Sussex,
B. 25 November 1858, at Lewes.
Sch: Eton. Matric.Michs.1877. B.A. 1881.
Cricket blue 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881;
football (assoc.) blue, 1879, 1880 and 1881.  Played for England, 1879.
A local Director of Barclay's Bank, at Lewes.
M. 30 October 1900, Muriel Frances, daughter of Captain T.W. Sulivan, Royal Navy.
D. 6 May 1909, at Chailey, Sussex. Uncle of George S. (1897).
(Eton Sch. Lists; The Times, May 8, 1909)

Playing Career

Club(s) Attended and played for Eton College in 1877; Cambridge University, earning his Blue in 1879-81, and thus played for the Old Etonians AFC.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1878-79; runners-up 1880-81;
Individual honours None
Distinctions An Oxford Cricket Blue - 1878-81, he represented the University at athletics and real tennis.  Also played first class cricket with Sussex from 1878, captain in 1883 and 1884.
Height/Weight not known

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

England Career
Player number One of six who became the 57th players (61) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 8, 18 January 1879, England 2 Wales 1, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 54 days. 8 min
Individual honours The South (postponed, January 1879)
Beyond England
In professional life held a high appointment with Barclays Bank, becoming a director, until his retirement in December 1905. He was also Justice of the Peace in Lewes. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.267

The Numbers
Parties Appearances minutes Goals ave.min captain
1 1 60 1 60 min none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2 1 100 +1
His only match was a friendly match played at a home venue

Match History
 Club: Old Etonians A.F.C. - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍ F.A. Committee - one full appearance (60 min) 1ᵍx

Age 20 trial  
postponed - The North vs. The South, 4 & 25 January 1879

apps match match details comp res. rundown pos

1 8
match lasted sixty minutes
18 January 1879 - England 2 Wales 1

The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington

one of five who became the 57th (61) players to appear for England
one of two who became the sixth (seven) Old Etonian to represent England
the tenth different goalscorer for England
the seventh player to score on his England debut