Kathleen Lockley Papers

Scope and Content

Contains a small number of items relating to Kathleen Lockley's lacrosse playing career and her promotional activities including ephemera, information on the film Lacrosse, and manuscript notes on her writings about lacrosse and her recollections of the 1934 tour to the USA.

Administrative / Biographical History

Kathleen Lockley was born on 17 April 1900, the third of six children of Harry Lockley and Emilie Margaret Mathias. She was educated at her mother's school in Cardiff before attending Queen Anne's School, Caversham from 1911 to 1919. On leaving school she entered Bedford College for Women, University of London to study for a BA in History and after graduating in 1922 taught at Milford House School in Whitchurch, Glamorgan until 1925. From 1926 until 1932 she taught at Putney High School before taking up a post at Roedean School where she remained until 1936 teaching history and coaching the lacrosse team. She became Headmistress at Brighton and Hove High School in September 1936 and it is thought she later returned to Putney High School in 1950 as Headmistress until her retirement in 1963. In 1929-1930 she took a year's leave of absence from Putney High School to teach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.

As a schoolgirl Kathleen played lacrosse for the 1st XII and was captain for her last two years. There being no lacrosse at Bedford College, she immediately started a club and had a first team going by the end of the 1919/20 season. In the same year she was selected to play for the U.L.A.U. 1st XII [University of London Athletics Union] and Middlesex 1st XII. In 1920 Kathleen was selected to play for England and played her first international match against Scotland in April. She continued to play for England until her retirement in 1932, and was captain of the team for three years from 1926, and again in 1931.

On moving to Whitchurch in 1922 to teach, Kathleen started the Glamorgan and Monmouth Ladies' Lacrosse Club in [1923] and played for the team until 1926, and periodically from 1928 to 1935. She was captain of the Putney Ladies' Lacrosse Club for the 1927/28 season, and in November 1927 she co-founded the Boxmoor Ladies' Lacrosse Club with her sister Marjorie. From 1926 to 1931 she also played for the West territorial team, and again in 1935-1936 as captain.

Kathleen's activities in promoting and developing the game of lacrosse were numerous. In 1926, together with Joyce Riley and Violet Straker, she started the September Lacrosse Holiday Week held at Dorchester School in Parkstone, Dorset which also ran in 1927 and 1928. She co-wrote Lacrosse for Clubs and Schools (1928) with M.O. Newbold, and in 1933 co-created a 28-minute instructional film – Lacrosse -showing some of the stickwork and bodywork needed in the game. It was produced by Kathleen, Marsali Rose Paterson, Violet Straker, Marjorie Lockley and Lorna Green, all of whom appear in the film, with photography credited to Paterson. In 1934 serving as tour manager and captain, Kathleen led a team of England players and coaches on the first unofficial tour to the USA. The team played exhibition games, loaned their players to local clubs, and provided coaching throughout the five-week tour. The outcome was a visit by the United States Women's Lacrosse Association (USWLA) to Great Britain and Ireland in 1935 for which Kathleen served on the Tour Committee of the All England Ladies' Lacrosse Association (AELLA) as Treasurer. In 1936 Kathleen was amongst the first to be elected as an Honorary Member of the USWLA along with her sister Marjorie, Joyce Cran Barry and Muriel O. Newbold.

Following retirement from the game, Kathleen served in a number of roles with the AELLA including Treasurer (1935), Chairman (1936-1946) and President (1948-1951).

Kathleen died in October 1984 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.