MCM Appoints First Prefects

Marlborough College Malaysia appointed its first cohort of Prefects to commence duties at the start of the Summer term 2015. From this group of ten pupils, a Head Boy and Head Girl (Senior Prefects) will be selected in due course.

Prefects have been a feature at Marlborough throughout its history. The College Register tells us that the first named Prefect, listed alphabetically, was James Allen who was born 23rd March 1830 and joined the College on its opening in August 1843. James left Wiltshire in 1849 and, like many of his generation, led an adventurous life, emigrating to Australia and working in the church, as Chaplain to the Bishop of Perth in 1883, Rector of Pinjarrah in 1893 and, ultimately, as Canon of Perth in 1896. He died in 1908 at the age of 78.

The first Senior Prefect was a gentleman called Clement Francis Cobb (b 20 January 1827) who also held the distinction of being the first captain of cricket at the College. On leaving Marlborough, Clement became a scholar at Trinity College Cambridge before taking Holy Orders and spending time as the Principal of a Missionary College in India. He then returned to England to parish work in Yorkshire; one suspects the latter posting might have been the more challenging. He died in 1896 aged 68.

Read this page around 100 years from now to discover what happened to the first group of MCM Prefects.

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