Edwin Boocock 1919-1926

Edwin Boocock was born on 12th July 1908 and after attending Alder Hill school in Earby, he started at Ermysted’s on 19th September 1919 after being one of six from Alder Hill to win a Scholarship.

He was in Petyt house, and would spend his final year of school (1925-26) as Petyt’s House Captain. The school records show that Edwin was the son of Mr John Boocock of Glen View, Earby and that he obtained his NUJMB School Certificate in July 1924. Edwin’s last day as a pupil of Ermysted’s was 20th July 1926.

Edwin’s son, Shane, has been in touch with the Old Boys’ Society to provide the amazing photographs below documenting some moments of his time at Ermysted’s. Shane tells us that Edwin passed away in 1984 in Earby, where he was born, aged 76, and that he had a very good life.

During his time at Ermysted’s he was obviously a keen sportsman and also took part in a school drama production. Shane writes: “I have it well documented that my father in a house match took 7 wickets for 0 runs.”

Edwin went on the be a very successful businessman in a number of fields, from being a retail store owner to real estate and engineering as well as being a publican in the 1960s. In 1936 he married Eileen Aherne, the daughter of John Aherne who founded Aherne’s of Hellifield, which is still a prominent clothing store in the centre of town today.

During World War II, Edwin was an engineer in the aircraft industries, before being bombed out of Coventry during the Coventry Blitz – which he survived with his wife Eileen. The raid, which began on the evening of 14 November 1940, was the most severe to hit Coventry during the war. It was carried out by 515 German bombers.

In the sporting world Edwin became one of Yorkshire’s best billiards players. He once scored 500 in just nine visits to the table when he beat Leslie Driffield (Leeds) who went on the win the amateur championship of Great Britain on several occasions and was the only amateur to score more than 1,000. In his prime Edwin practiced regally with Fred and Joe Davis (both went on to become Professional World Champions) and in 1936 he won all seven competitions he entered including the Craven Amateur Billiards and Snooker titles. In 1936 Edwin Boocock (Leeds) entered the English Junior Professional Billiards Championship, where he was narrowly beaten in the semi-final by L.W. Batemen (Derby). Even at the age of 51, Edwin set up a new Colne Snooker League record when he beat his opponent 107 points to one! He once He also turned out at cricket for Earby Chamber of Trade, Barnolswick Tradesmen and Frog Thornton.