RARE silver and gilt goblet London 1872 for Cambridge University 1 Mile Race 1872 Won By W H Fawkes (Relation of gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes). Bright cut engraved with a guilloche border above with floral swags suspending rosettes, each enclosing an armorial and an inscription. Inscription reads "Cambridge University 1872, Athletic Club, Freashmans Sports, 1 Mile Race, Won By W.H. Fawkes St Johns Coll Time 4 Min 49 4/5 Sec." Plus the arms of Cambridge University. Gilt interrior. Makers initials "W.E" for William Edwards of London. Foot stamped to base with retailers mark "Munsey - Silversmith - Cambridge." Measures 14.8cm in height.
Wilmot Hawksworth Fawkes joined the Royal Navy in 1860 and by 1867 had become a Lieutenant. He served mainly in the Mediterranean on HMS Prince Consort and Research. In 1872 he matriculated at St John's College, Cambridge but did not graduate. In 1880 he was promoted to Commander and served on HMS Northampton on the North America and West Indies station. After a few years he returned to England to command of the Royal Yacht Osborne, a post he held for two years.
Promoted Captain in 1886, he was given command of HMS Raleigh before going on to be Naval Advisor to the Inspector General of Fortifications in 1891. He then took command of HMS Mercury on the China station returning to England in 1897 to be Private Naval Secretary to the First Lord of the Admiralty in 1897. On 1 January 1899 he was appointed an Aide-de-Camp to Queen Victoria. He was appointed in command of the new battleship HMS Canopus which he commissioned in December 1899 for service in the Mediterranean Fleet, but in late 1900 was back in England as Private Secretary to Lord Selborne, First Lord of the Admiralty. Promoted to rear admiral on 1 January 1901,he was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) by King Edward VII on 11 August 1902 for his part in organizing the fleet review held at Spithead on 16 August 1902 for the coronation of the King. In October 1902 he was appointed in command of the Cruiser Squadron He was appointed Commander-in-Chief, Australia Station in 1905, became Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth in 1908 and retired in 1911.