William John Locke

William John Locke (20 March 1863 – 15 May 1930) was a novelist and playwright, born in Cunningsbury St George, Christ Church, Demerara, British Guyana on the 20 March 1863, the eldest son of John Locke, Bank Manager of Barbados, and his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth Locke (née Johns). His parents were English. In 1864 his family moved to Trinidad and Tobago. In 1865, a second son was born, Charlie A Locke who was eventually to become a doctor. At the age of 3, W J Locke, was sent to England for further education. He remained in England for nine years, before returning to Trinidad to attend prep school with his brother, at Queen's Royal College, Trinidad where he won an exhibition to St John's College, Cambridge. He returned to England in 1881 to attend Cambridge University, where he graduated with honours in Mathematics in 1884, despite his dislike of that 'utterly futile and inhuman subject'. After leaving Cambridge, Locke became a schoolmaster.


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