General Cecil Cleve
New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Geelong, Victoria, Australia


From The Wairarapa Times, 18 September 1941:

Obituary – Mr Cecil C. Cox – Ex-Masterton Resident

The death occurred last week at Barwon Heads, Victoria, of Mr Cecil Cleve Cox, at the age of 66. Mr Cox was a former well-known lawn tennis player. For some years he resided in Masterton, having been accountant at the local branch of the Bank of Australasia. He was an outstanding playing member of the Masterton Lawn Tennis Club and won several club championships.

During his residence in Masterton, the annual tennis tournaments in Masterton were attended by the most brilliant players in the Dominion, the Masterton Club’s courts being for years the great testing ground of Dominion players. He also played football in Masterton on several occasions, being a smart three-quarter. He took a keen interest in the volunteer movement, and was a member of the Fifth New Zealand Contingent which participated in the South African War.

The fourth son of Mr Charles Percy Cox, he was born at Mount Somers and was educated at Christ’s College. After leaving college he joined the service of the Bank of Australasia in January, 1892, and opened the Dannevirke branch as manager in 1910. Later he transferred to Australia and then joined the Dunedin branch as manager on transfer from Geelong. He retired in July, 1935.

Mr Cox had a remarkable record in lawn tennis. He took up the game when only nine years old, and in 1898 he won the Canterbury singles championship and also the Dominion singles championship and doubles. In the following year he won the New Zealand singles, and the doubles again with John Ulrich Collins. He was singles champion of Wellington in 1902-03-04, and was in the Wellington champion doubles team in 1903-04. In 1904 he was a member of a team which visited New South Wales and beat that State.

Perhaps his most notable performance was in beating Anthony Wilding and Rodney W. Heath, when partnered by Harold Parker, in the New Zealand doubles in 1906. Wilding had just returned from England and Heath was an Australian champion. From, 1910 to 1917 Mr Cox won several Hawke’s Bay championships, and from 1920 to 1927, while in Victoria, in addition to representing the State, he won several country championships.

While he was stationed in Dunedin, he won the South Island doubles championship with Edward G. Boddy in 1931. He was also associated with Boddy in winning the Otago doubles championship in the two succeeding seasons.

Mr Cox is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.


Archive statistics 1896 - 1924

Tournament wins 1910 - Wairarapa Tournament (Amateur)
1908 - Wairarapa Tournament (Amateur)
1907 - Wellington Championships (Open)
1907 - Wairarapa Tournament (Amateur)
1904 - Wellington Championships (Open)
1903 - Wellington Championships (Open)
1902 - Wellington Championships (Open)
1902 - Wairarapa Tournament (Amateur)
1898 - New Zealand Championships (Amateur)

Tournaments Geelong Easter Tournament - 1924 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1923 Metropolitan Cricket (MCC ) Autumn Tournament - 1922 Geelong Easter Tournament - 1921 New Zealand Championships - 1911 Wairarapa Tournament - 1911 Wairarapa Tournament - 1910 Wellington Championships - 1910 Wairarapa Tournament - 1909 Queensland Championships - 1908 Wairarapa Tournament - 1908 Brougham Hill Club open - 1908 New Zealand Championships - 1907 Wairarapa Tournament - 1907 Wellington Championships - 1907 Australian Open - 1906 New Zealand Championships - 1906 Wairarapa Tournament - 1905 New South Wales Championships - 1904 Ashburton - 1904 Wellington Championships - 1904 New Zealand Championships - 1903 Wellington Championships - 1903 New Zealand Championships - 1902 Wairarapa Tournament - 1902 Wellington Championships - 1902 New Zealand Championships - 1899 New Zealand Championships - 1898 New Zealand Championships - 1896

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