Marjorie Buxton Papers

Scope and Content

Contains material primarily relating to Marjorie Lockley's lacrosse coaching career in the 1930s but also includes records of her writings on lacrosse, and her involvement with the All England Ladies' Lacrosse Association, the All Wales Ladies' Lacrosse Association and the West Ladies' Lacrosse Association.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emilie (Marjorie) Buxton (nee Lockley) was born in 1906, the sixth and youngest child of Harry Lockley and Emilie Margaret Mathias, and educated at her mother's school in Cardiff before attending Queen Anne's School, Caversham.

During the years 1927-1936 Marjorie was employed as a games coach at colleges, schools and clubs including Chelsea Physical Training College and the University of Cambridge.

Marjorie played lacrosse at club, county and territorial level from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s periodically representing Putney Ladies' Lacrosse Club (1927-1928), Merton Reserves (1928), Taunton (1929 and 1935), Glamorgan and Monmouthshire (1925-1939), Somerset (1934 and 1936), the West (1928-1939), the South (1930 and 1934-1935), and the East (1939). In November 1927 she co-founded the Boxmoor Ladies' Lacrosse Club with her sister Kathleen and played with the club from 1928 to 1936, captaining the team in the 1931/32 season. Marjorie was selected to play for England Reserves in the 1926/27, 1928/29 and 1929/30 seasons (she was vice-captain in the latter) and for Wales in 1930 for whom she continued to play until [1936] and again in 1939.

Similar to her sister Kathleen, Marjorie's activities in promoting and developing the game of lacrosse were numerous, particularly in Ireland. She is credited with organising the first trip of an All England Ladies' Lacrosse Association (AELLA) team to Ireland in April 1928 to play the recently formed (1926) Dublin Pioneers Ladies' Lacrosse Club. The visit was judged to be a success and subsequently established as the English Rovers Tour to Ireland in 1929 and 1930. Marjorie took Ireland under her wing and assisted with travel to and from Great Britain in 1929 for the Dublin Pioneers, and in March 1930 helped form the Irish Ladies' Lacrosse Union. She became head coach and selector for the first Irish women's national team who played their first game at an international tournament held at Merton Abbey, London 10-12 April 1930.

In 1931 Marjorie travelled to the United States for the first time, to coach lacrosse and tennis at the Sargent School of Physical Training in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She returned to Sargent's School in 1932, and in 1934 was part of a team of England players and coaches (led by her sister Kathleen) 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 Marjorie served as tour manager. In 1936 she organised a team of England players and coaches on a return visit to the United States and remained for the next two years, coaching at Sweet Briar College, Virginia and at Smith College, Massachusetts. In 1936 Marjorie was amongst the first to be elected as an Honorary Member of the USWLA along with her sister Kathleen, Joyce Cran Barry and Muriel O. Newbold.

Beginning in October 1935, Marjorie served as the AELLA press representative and submitted reports of lacrosse matches and articles to The Morning Post and The Daily Telegraph for the 1935/36 lacrosse season.

Marjorie served in a number of administrative roles including Honorary Secretary for AELLA [1928-1933], Vice-President of the Welsh Ladies' Lacrosse Association (1935), and President of the West Women's Lacrosse Association (1957-1977).

In the spring of 1939 Marjorie married Edward (John) Mawby Buxton (1912-1989), a university teacher, poet and ornithologist. After the outbreak of the Second World War, he was assigned as an intelligence officer to 1 Independent Company (later 1 Commando) and took part in the desperate and unsuccessful attempt to stem the German invasion of Norway. He was captured in May 1940 and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in Germany.

Marjorie died in July 1977 in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.