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Full name Gordon Belcher
Born September 26, 1885, Kemp Town, Brighton, Sussex
Died May 16, 1915, near Richebourg, Belgium (aged 29 years 232 days)
Major teams Hampshire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Born at Brighton on September 26, 1885. Having won the MC, he was killed in action near Richebourg L'Avoue, Belgium, on May 16, 1915, aged 29, while serving as a Captain in the 3rd Battalion (attached to 1st), Royal Berkshire Regiment. He was educated at Brighton College, where he was in the Eleven in 1901 and three following years, leading the side in 1903 and 1904. During his last season he made most runs, took most wickets, and headed both batting and bowling averages. In 1905 he played in the Freshmen's match at Cambridge, but did not obtain his blue. Later he appeared frequently for Berkshire, his most successful years being 1910 and 1911, when his averages were 27.00 and 26.60 respectively. He was first in the Berkshire bowling in 1912 and second in 1911. His highest innings for Berkshire were 112 not out v Wiltshire at Reading in 1910, and 104 not out v Carmarthen on the same ground a year later. In 1905 he played in one match for Hampshire, against Warwickshire at Southampton, in which he was twice dismissed without scoring. His father, the Rev Thomas Hayes Belcher, gained a Blue at Oxford in 1870 and he was the second victim of Cobden's famous hat-trick when Oxford, requiring just four to win off the last over with three wickets left, were bowled out. He was Vicar of Bramley, near Basingstoke, from 1893 under his death in 1919, by which time three sons had been killed in the war.
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