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Full name John Hanbury Pawle
Born May 18, 1915, Widford, Hertfordshire
Died January 20, 2010, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire (aged 94 years 247 days)
Major teams Cambridge University, Essex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Education Harrow School; Cambridge Universtiy
A top-order batsman, John Pawle played for Harrow School, captaining them in 1934, and then Cambridge University, winning Blues in 1936 and 1937, as well as turning out in a few games for Essex. His best year was 1937 when he made 765 runs at 33.26 including both his first-class hundreds. But by the time the games that mattered came about, he was out of form. In the Varsity match he made a pair - although he had scored nineties at Lord's as a schoolboy - and in three Championship games for Essex he scored 51 runs in six innings.
He was a good allround sportsman, winning a half-Blue for tennis and he also won the British Amateur Rackets Championship four years running (1947-50) and twice challenged for the World Championship.
In World War Two he served on in the Dover Patrol Squadron and later on North Atlantic convoy duty and on forays into occupied Norway, France and in the Mediterranean. He was a partner in the stockbroking firm of Fielding, Newson-Smith, and after retiring became a full-time artist, holding a number of one-man shows.
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