Full name John George Smyth
Born October 24, 1893, Teignmouth, Devon, England
Died April 26, 1983, Westminster, London, Engl;and (aged 89 years 184 days)
Major teams Europeans (India)
Also known as Brigadier Sir John Smyth 1st Bart VC, MC
|First-class span||1922/23 - 1922/23|
Brigadier Sir John Smyth was educated at Repton and then Sandhurst but played no meaningful cricket at either. In 1915 he was awarded the Victoria Cross for an act of bravery while serving with the 15th Ludhiana Sikhs and also received the MC and was decorated by the Russians. In 1923, while serving with the army in India, he played two matches for the Eurpoeans at Lahore, aquitting himself well. In the first he made 3 and 19 and took one wicket; in the second he 51 and 27. He was invalided out the army in the Second World War and became a conservative MP, being created a Baronet in 1955 and a Privy Councilor in 1962.
Awarded the Victoria Cross in 1915. Click on the official Victoria Cross website for full details
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"