Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameWilliam Delafield ARNOLD
Birth1828
Death1859
FatherRev.Dr Thomas ARNOLD DD (1795-1842)
MotherMary PENROSE (1791-1873)
Marriage1850
SpouseFrances HODGSON
Birth1827
Death1858
Children
Birth1851
Death1927
Birth1855
Death1909
Birth1853
Death1936
Birth1855
Death1936
Notes for William Delafield ARNOLD
William Delafield Arnold (7 April 1828 – 9 April 1859) was a British author and colonial administrator.

He was the fourth son of Thomas Arnold, the headmaster of Rugby School. His older brothers included the poet and critic Matthew Arnold and the literary scholar Tom Arnold. Not long after his father's death in 1842, William, a student at Rugby School, was involved in the writing of the official rules of rugby that are still in effect today: "Rugby Rules were written on August 28, 1845 by three students, William Delafield Arnold, WW Shirley and Frederick Hutchins" (http://www.rugbyfootballhistory.com/laws.htm). Later, William served as an educational administrator in Punjab, in British India, where one of his biggest achievements was to enact a law separating church and state in public schools. As a result, Hindus who attended these schools were no longer required to study the Koran. This policy would later go on to influence public schools in England as well. While working in India, William wrote several articles for "Fraser's Magazine," mainly on "the India question" (see bibliography). In 1853, William published a novel of Anglo-Indian life, Oakfield; or, Fellowship in the East, which explores the inherent "common ground" between spiritual traditions East and West, while also predicting the "mutiny" that would occur shortly after. The character in "Oakfield" is dying of disease contracted in India, while its author is afflicted with the same disease. William died aged thirty-one, at Gibraltar, on his way home from India. Matthew Arnold's poem "A Southern Night" mourns his early death. William's orphaned children were adopted by his sister Jane Martha and her husband William Edward Forster.

His eldest son Edward Penrose Arnold-Forster (1851 – 19 January 1927), was a manufacturer in Yorkshire and deputy lieutenant for the West Riding. Another son Hugh Oakeley Arnold-Forster became a Cabinet minister in the Balfour government.
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