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Roger Cuthbert Wakefield

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Name  Roger Wakefield

Died  July 1, 1986
Education  Sedbergh School, Trinity College, Cambridge

Roger Cuthbert Wakefield CMG, OBE, FRICS (born 1906) was a prominent English surveyor, former director of the British Sudan Survey department, and an early twentieth century rugby union international who is known as one of the "lost lions" due to his participation on the 1927 British Lions tour to Argentina which, although retrospectively recognised as a Lions tour, did not confer test status on any of the four encounters with the Argentina national rugby union team.


Early life

Wakefield was born at Cark in 1906 the youngest son of Roger William Wakefield, a medical doctor, and Ethel Mary (née Knott). He was the brother of Sir Edward Wakefield, 1st Baronet, a Conservative politician and Wavell Wakefield who became a rugby union international, captaining England, and later a politician and eventually 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal. Like his elder brother, he attended Sedbergh School in the West Riding of Yorkshire (now part of Cumbria). He then went on to Trinity College, Cambridge.

Rugby career

Like his brother, Roger played rugby at Sedbergh, a school renowned for its prowess in the sport. At Cambridge he gained his blue and it was from here that he was selected for the 1927 tour to Argentina. On this tour he was one of a number of uncapped players but only one of two players not selected to play in any of the tests. Despite being selected for the Great Britain side, he never went on to play for his national side.


RC Wakefield played a significant part in the history of British survey. He directed also directed the modernisation of the Sudan Survey Department.

Personal and later life

He married Elizabeth Rhoda Davie in 1936. He died on 1 July 1986, aged 80.


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