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Born:

1862/63, Goole

Baptised:

Died:

07/02/1948, Malton

Buried:

 

Non-Chess Life

 

George Lyde Rockett’s parents were John Humble Rockett (born 1820/21, Selby) and Rosa Rockett (née Lyde, 1835/36, Paignton, Devon), whose marriage was registered in the fourth quarter of 1859 at Totnes, Devon.  They had at least the following six children:

 

Rosa Lyde Rockett

born 1860/61, Goole

Catherine E Rockett

born 1861/62, Goole

George Lyde Rockett

born 1862/63, Goole

Ada T Rockett

born 1863/64, Goole

Edith Mary Rockett

born 1865/66, Goole

Hildreth Dudley Rockett

born 1867, Goole

 

The birth of George Lyde Rockett was registered in the first quarter of 1863, at Goole.

 

His life up to 1891 is outlined under the entry for his younger brother, Hildreth Dudley Rockett.

 

At some time from 1891 to 1901, our man, George Lyde Rockett, moved to Leeds, and was joined by his two younger sisters.  This was the same decade when younger brother Hildreth Dudley Rockett moved to Sheffield.  The 1901 census found George, Ada, Edith, their 67-year-old widowed aunt, Fanny Lyde (born Paignton, Devon), and one servant, living at 26 Francis Street, Potternewton, Leeds.  George was described as a bank manager, and Ada was a hospital nurse, while aunt Fanny was living on her own means.

 

At some time from 1901 to 1911, George Lyde Rockett moved to York, presumably in connection with his work.  The unmarried Rockett sisters were playing musical brothers, as George now living with him Rosa, Catherine and Edith, at 57 Huntington Road, York.

 

He ended up in Malton, which is where he would appear to have been resident by 1942.

 

The marriage of George L. Rockett, at the age of 79, give or take a few months, to Florence Lillian Simpkin (born 01/05/1907, Flegg, Norfolk), was registered in the first quarter of 1942, at Rydale.  There seems no evidence that he had been married previously.

 

Death

 

George Lyde Rockett, of Far View, 31 Middlecave Road, Malton, Yorkshire, died 07/02/1948.  Probate was granted to Florence Lillian Rockett, widow, and Herbert Edward Harrowell, solicitor.  He left £7,020 1s 1d.

 

Wife Florence Lillian Rockett remarried, in 1950, to Charles E. R. Hall-Rockett, who was presumably a relative of her previous husband.

 

Chess

 

George Lyde Rockett played for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup in 1899-00 (and possibly earlier) through to 1902-03.  From 1903-04 to 1904-05 he played in the Woodhouse Cup for Leeds St. Martin’s.  From 1905-06 he was again playing for Leeds.

 

George Lyde Rockett played for Leeds St. Martin’s and for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup during the period when brother Hildreth Dudley Rockett was a regular member of Sheffield’s Woodhouse Cup team.  On 08/03/1902, the two played each other in a Leeds-Sheffield Woodhouse Cup match; Hildreth Dudley Rocket won.

 

He presumably played chess in York after moving there.

 

 

Created

13/09/2013

Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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Last Updated

13/09/2013