Clifton Rugby Football Club History
index sitemap advanced
site search by freefind

Herbert Innes Pocock


Born on 2nd June 1861 in Clifton, Bristol. Educated at Bristol Grammar School, Lancing and Bristol University. He joined Clifton RFC in 1879-80

Back Row (L-R): A.Spencer, J.C.Gilmore, H.C.M.Hirst, H.C.Baker, H.I.Pocock, H.Budget, A.M.Fry, R.I.Pocock. Middle Row: T.Myles, E.D.Evans, E.Leonard (Captain), J.Smith, H.Williams, F.Devis,. Front Row: T.Adams, F.R.Fry.

Above Clifton XV of 1884-85. With 2 of the Pocock brothers, Herbert and Reginald.

Back Row (L-R): H.I.Pocock, H.Budgett, T.Adams, R.Everill, E.Leonard, W.Lutiner, H.J.Huxtable, J.C.Gilmore, H.Thurston. Front Row: H.F.Devis, F.R.Fry, J.Cory, H.C.M.Hirst, E.J.May, A.Spencer.

Above Clifton XV 1885-86 with Herbert Innes Pocock.

He played rugby for Gloucestershire in 1886.

He captained the Medical Staff Corps Rugby XV in 1888 at Aldershot.

He entered the Army Medical Service in 1887 and saw service in many parts of the world, including India, where he was a pioneer of dental treatment for troops at Quetta in 1904

He married Edith Shepard Platts on 10 Jan 1903.

His youngest son was Eric Innes Pocock. Born 20th May 1912. Education: Newton College, Newton Abbot (member of Bisley Team 1928-1929; played rugby football (1927-1929); Officer Training Corps 1926-1929); Camborne School of Mines. He was a prisoner of war in Japanese captivity (worked on Burma railway) [on 20.09.1945 casualty list reported as "now not POW"; disembarked 06.01.1946 in the UK]. Died 12th December 1974.

During the 1914-18 war he was mentioned three times in dispatches and was made a C.M.G. in 1917.

He retired from the Army in 1918 and went into private practice in Newton Abbot.

He finally retired in 1928

Above Herbert Innes Pocock.

He died on 21st August 1947 in Newquay, Cornwall.

His great grandson, Mark Coleman, was subject to a deportation order (2007) back to Zimbabwe. Happily in September 2010 he was granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK on the grounds of his ancestry.