James Leith      

Full name James Leith

Born May 26, 1826, Glenkindie House, Scotland

Died May 13, 1869, Marylebone, London (aged 42 years 352 days)

Major teams Cambridge University

James Leith
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 10 16 1 133 43 8.86 0 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Wkts BBI 5w 10
First-class 10 13 5/? 1 0
Career statistics
First-class debut Cambridge University v Marylebone Cricket Club at Cambridge, May 14-15, 1846 scorecard
Last First-class Marylebone Cricket Club v Cambridge University at Lord's, Jun 14-15, 1849 scorecard

James Leith was a member of the Cambridge side between 1846 and 1849, winning his Blue in 1848. In 1858 he won the VC for bravery during the Indian Mutiny. The report stated: "On April 1 at Betwa, Captain Need 14th Light Dragoons had become separated and found himself on difficult, rocky ground, surrounded by a large number of rebel infantry and fighting for his life. Despite his skill with the sword, his saddle, reins and clothing were slashed to ribbons by the enemy's tulwars, and he would certainly have been killed had not Lieutenant James Leith, 14th Light Dragoons charged alone and rescued him." He later served in the Persian Wars but was invalided out because of his failing health and he died aged only 43.
Martin Williamson

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Apr 1, 1858

James Leith

James Leith

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Awarded the Victoria Cross on April 1, 1858