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Full name Henry Brougham
Born July 8, 1888, Wellington College, Berkshire
Died February 18, 1923, La Croix, Var, France (aged 34 years 225 days)
Major teams Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Education Wellington College; Oxford University
Henry Brougham was one of the great sportsmen of the period immediately before the Great War. He won a Blue at Oxford for cricket in 1911 he scored 84 in the Varsity match - and in 1912 he was capped four times for England at rugby union. Remarkably, although he was good enough to play as a three-quarter internationally, he did not get in the Wellington XV nor did he win a Blue at Oxford. His best sport was rackets, winning the Public Schools Championship in 1907 and a bronze medal at the 1908 Olympics. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery at the outbreak of war but was invalided out in 1917 and had been in ill health ever since.
Henry Brougham, born at Wellington College on July 8, 1888, died at La Croix, after an illness of five years, on February 18. He was in the Wellington XI three seasons, being captain in 1907, and in 1911, when he obtained his Blue for Oxford, played a free and attractive innings of 84 against Cambridge. Commencing in 1905, he did many good things for Berkshire, among his best scores being 150 v Carmarthen at Reading in 1911, 138 v Devon at Exeter in 1910, and 122 v Buckinghamshire at Reading in 1911. At Rugby Football he played for the Harlequins and also represented England against Wales, Irelend, Scotland, and France. At rackets, too, he was well above the average, being second string for Oxford in 1908 and first in 1909. During the War he served in France 1915-17 with the Royal Field Artillery, and was then invalided out with the rank of Major.
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