Yorkshire Chess History



Hildreth Dudley Rockett











Made in Yorkshire



Sheffield Sub-Site



1867, Goole



14/02/1929, York



Non-Chess Life


Hildreth Dudley 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 Hildreth Dudley Rockett was registered in the third quarter of 1867, at Goole.


The 1871 census found the two parents and above six children living with a governess and five servants at the York City & County Bank, 5 & 6 East Parade, Goole.  Father John was the bank manager, and a land owner.  The children were all scholars.


The death of John Humble Rockett was registered in the first quarter of 1881, at Goole.


The 1881 census found the family had moved out of the bank premises and now lived at 8 Burlington Crescent, Goole, only a short distance from the bank.  Widowed Rosa still had Rosa junior, George, Edith and Hildreth living with her, and had one live-in servant.


The 1891 census found all four children living with their mother, now at 36 Burlington Crescent, Goole.  Rosa, Catherine and Ada were all governesses, while George and Hildreth were both bank clerks.  There were now two servants.


At some time from 1891 to 1901, our man, Hildreth Dudley Rockett, moved to Sheffield, presumably for a better job as a bank clerk.  Accordingly, the 1901 census found him as a 33-year-old Goole-born bank clerk lodging at 11 Leavygreave, Sheffield, with 39-year-old Bradford-born Criquette Moderata Malaingre, a French-wine agent.  Also lodging at the same address was Gerald D. Finlaison, a Hampstead-born brewer.  Kelly’s Sheffield & Rotherham Directory dates 1908 described Miss Malaingre still at Levy Greave, and by occupation, more specifically, as agent to Jules Bouffard of Bordeaux.


At some time from 1908 to 1911, Miss Malaingre seems to have ditched the wine trade and taken to letting apartments as her main occupation.  The 1911 census thus found her as a letter of apartments, living at The Chase, 4 Claremont Place, Sheffield, with a lodger and two servants.  The lodger was our man, 43-year-old bank clerk Hildreth Dudley Rockett.  Miss Malaingre had apparently aged only seven years in the last decade, being recorded in the census as 46 years of age.


Our man seems to have move from 4 Claremont Place in 1911 or 1912, as White’s directory of Sheffield & Rotherham dated 1912 listed Miss Malaingre’s lodger no longer as Hildreth Dudley Rockett, but as Charles N. Daniels, United States consul.  (Miss Malaingre herself was no longer listed at 4 Clarendon Place in 1916, and had apparently moved to 33 Beech Hill Road at some time from 1912 to 1914.)


By 1919 Hildreth had become an admiralty temporary clerk, presumably as a result of the First World War.


Probate records say Criquette Moderata Malaingre of 33 Beech Hill, Sheffield, spinster, died on 26/02/1919, and administration of her estate fell to Hildreth Dudley Rockett, admiralty temporary clerk, (of no stated address) as her executor.  The death was recorded in the first quarter of 1919 at Ecclesall Bierlow (part of Sheffield), giving her age as 61, suggesting she was really 41 rather than 39 in 1901, and 51 rather than 46 in 1911.




Hildreth Dudley Rockett died, aged 61, on 14/02/1929, at York.  The funeral service was held at noon on 16/02/1929 at St. Maurice’s Church, York, and was followed by interment in the Park Section of York Cemetery.  Quite what he was doing in York isn’t clear.


The Sheffield Daily Telegraph of Saturday 14/02/1929 carried in its “Deaths” column a notice of the death, describing the deceased as “Hildreth Dudley Rockett, of Sheffield, younger son of the late John Humble Rockett, of Goole.”  This seems to imply he was still resident in Sheffield, posing the question of what he was doing in York, and why he was buried in York rather than Sheffield, or indeed Goole.




In Hull Church Institute’s first season playing in the Woodhouse Cup, 1890-91, “H. D. Rockett” played in the last two of the team’s matches.  Our man was resident at Goole at this time.  Was he playing for Hull Church Institute in the Woodhouse Cup?


From around the turn of the century (1900) to the First World War, “H. D. Rockett” was a prominent player in the Sheffield league and in Sheffield’s Woodhouse Cup, and he also represented Yorkshire in county matches.


He drew his game in a simultaneous display by Capablanca in Sheffield in 1919.


He won the Sheffield Championship three times before 1919[1], and a further three times in 1922, 1923 and 1927.


Brother G. L. Rockett played for Leeds St. Martin’s and for Leeds in the Woodhouse Cup.  On 08/03/1902, the two played each other in a Woodhouse Cup match; Hildreth Dudley Rocket won.




Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, 09/10/1919, p.5., penultimate col.





Copyright © 2013 Stephen John Mann

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