John Fayrer Hosken was born 25 November 1877 the son of the Reverend Richard Frederick Hosken, and his wife Ann of Charterhouse Square London.
At Merchant Taylors’ Hosken was a Monitor and an outstanding sportsman making the XI for 5 years from 1893, captaining it for the last three years. His talents extended to the rugby pitch, playing in the XV for 4 years, and captaining the XV in the last year, To cap his achievement off he represented the school at Aldershot at boxing. he was afterwards President of the MTS Club from 1911 to 1912.
He left in 1897 and qualified as a solicitor, becoming a partner in the firm of Walbrook & Hosken in the City.
He was a volunteer with the United Arts Rifles in London, and went to France with them in 1915 as a subaltern before being posted as a Railway Transport Officer. He was promoted Captain in December 1918 and served in France through to January 1919. The picture below shows Hosken with his fellow Officers in 1915, and the detail shown above is taken from that picture.
He was Worshipful Master of Sir Thomas White Lodge in 1907, and Z of the Chapter in 1927.
He died 6 February 1962.