Full name Percy Tyson Lewis
Born October 2, 1884, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died January 30, 1976, Durban, Natal (aged 91 years 120 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Only Test||South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 13-17, 1913 scorecard|
|First-class span||1907/08 - 1913/14|
Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, who died in Durban on January 30, at the age of 91, was the oldest Springbok and the last survivor of the South Africans who played in the 1913-14 series. Following a splendid innings of 151 for Western Province against the MCC in the opening match of that tour, he was selected for the first Test Match in Durban, but failed to score in either innings, being caught Woolley b Barnes in both innings. He first appeared for Western Province in 1907-08 and, at the conclusion of the MCC tour of 1909-10, he was a member of the team picked by HDG Leveson Gower to tour Rhodesia.
Lewis served in France as a Lieut.-Colonel in World War I and won the MC and Bar. He was severely wounded in the leg and played no more first-class cricket, but continued to play some club cricket, and in one match, despite his crippled leg, scored a century using a runner. A lawyer, he was for a brief period an acting judge. He volunteered for service again in World War II, and was the Officer-in-Charge of demobilization at South Africa House in London when the war ended.
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