1920

Obituaries during the war, 1914-1919

(Some deaths in this list came to hand too late for insertion in WISDEN last year.)

The Roll of honour.

ADAMS, 2ND LIEUT. CHARLES JOHN NORMAN (6th Royal Warwickshire Regt.), who was killed on August 21, 1918, was in the Eleven at King's School, Canterbury, in 1906-7-8. Later he was an Assistant-Master at Marlborough.

AWDRY, MAJOR CHARLES SELWYN, D.S.O. (6th Wiltshire Regt.), reported missing on March 25, 1918, has been presumed killed on that date. He was in the Winchester XI in 1896, when he had a batting average of 24.37. Subsequently he played Army cricket, and for Wiltshire and the M. C. C., of which he had been a member since 1897. He was born on March 23, 1877.

BACON, CAPT. FRANK WILLIAM (Essex Regt.) died on December 4th, 1918, of wounds received in Palestine, aged 36. He was in the Felsted Eleven in 1899 and 1900.

BARROW, LIEUT. GEOFFREY SELWYN (Special Reserve, R.F.A.), who died of influenza in hospital in Paris on December 26, 1918, aged 27, was in the Tombridge School XI in 1912. He played Rugby football for the School, Blackheath and Kent.

BEALE, LANCE-CORPL. G. H. (New Zeland Expeditionary Force), who died of wounds in October, 1918, was in the Eleven whilst at Auckland Grammar School.

BELL, LIEUT. J. D. (R.F.A.), who died on active service in January, was in the Glenalmond Eleven in 1903 and two following years.

BOLTON, SERGT. WILLIAM SPROULE (Royal Fusiliers) died in February, aged 34. He was in the Harrow Eleven in 1902 and two following years, being second in batting in 1902 with 21.16 and first in 1904 with 31.55. In his three matches v. Eton he scored 152 runs with an average of 30.40, his best innings being 64 in 1904, contributed to a total of 109, the next highest effort for the side being only 11.

BROWN, LIEUT. DOUGLAS CROW (Royal Scots and M.G.C.), died of wounds September 13, 1917. He was captain of his House XI at Harrow and played for Wiltshire.

BROWN, CAPT. KENNETH EDWARD, M.C. and Bar (Oxfordshire and Bucks. Light Infantry), who died on April 12, 1918, aged 22, of septic poisoning in German hands after being wounded and taken prisoner, was in the Harrow XI in 1913. He was third in batting, with an average of 16.00, and took eleven wickets for 24.90 runs each.

BULLER, LIEUT. LESLEY MONTAGU (Lincolnshire Regt.), who was killed on August 24, 1914, was educated at Eton, where he was in his House XI (Miss Evans) when they won the House Cup in 1904, but was not in the College XI.

BURROWS, SERGT. CHARLES (Massachusetts State Guards), born on December 31st, 1892, was killed in an automobile accident on October 1st, 1918. He played for the Needham Y.M.C. Cricket Club, Mass.

BURROWS, PRIVATE JOHN FRANCIS (1st Canadian Machine-Gun Battery) was born in Hamilton (Bermuda) on November 21st, 1899, and killed on August 10, 1918. He was a member of the Upper Canada College Eleven of 1916.

CALVERT, LIEUT. GEOFFREY CLIFFORD (K.O.Y.L.I.), born on April 1, 1894, died of illness in France on January 15. He was educated at Sedburgh, where he was in the Eleven.

CHITTY, LIEUT. JAMES MALCOLM (Grenadier Guards), fell in action in France on December 1, 1917, aged 19. He was in the Eton XI in 1915, when he had a batting average of 24.00.

COUPAR, CAPT. SYDNEY BELL NICOLL (7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) died in France of enteric fever on December 30, 1918, aged 21. He played for Fettes in 1915.

CRAWSHAW, SERGT. MAJOR E. E. ( New Zealand Expeditionary Force), who was killed in October, 1918, aged 29, was in the Eleven at the High School, Christchurch, and subsequently appeared for Canterbury in representative matches.

DANIEL, PRIVATE ROBERT (47th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born in Yorkshire on March 6th, 1888, was killed on September 2nd, 1918. He was a very good bowler and played for the Galt and Guelph Clubs.

DANIELS, PRIVATE ALEXANDER NICHOLAS (2nd Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force) was born on November 26th, 1894, and died of pneumonia in Liverpool Hospital on August 20, 1918. Useful all round, he played with the Congregational C. C., of Victoria (B.C.).

DAVIES, PTE., VALENTINE LLEWELLYN GREATRIUS (7th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Crickhowell, Brecon, on November 23, 1886, was killed on April 24, 1915. Was a member of the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

DE VILLIERS-WIENER, LIEUT. L. (R.A.F)., killed on November 4, 1918, had been in the Eleven whilst at the South African College, Cape Town.

D'ORNELLAS, PRIVATE FREDERICK ALEXANDER (Reserve Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery), born at Georgetown, British Guiana, on March 2, 1889, died of influenza following pneumonia at Bristol on October 18, 1918. He played for the Ottawa C.C.

DRESSER, MAJOR HARRY JEX (Cheshire Regiment), born at Paddington on December 9th, 1884, was killed in action on June 2, 1918. He was a member of the Toronto C.C.

EASTERBROOK, CORPL. RONALD FREDERICK (Canadian Inland Water Transport, R.E., Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force), died of heart failure in the Military Hospital at Bombay on April 12, aged 49. He had played in the XI whilst at Dulwich College. At Rugby football he was half-back for London Scottish 1889-1896, and had played for Scotland v. France.

GALE, CAPT. WILLIAM NEWLYN (York and Lancaster Regt.) was killed near Bullecourt on May 3, 1917, aged 22. In 1912 and 1913 he was a member of the Dover College XI. Had been wounded in February, 1917.

GREEN, LIEUT.-COL. HERBERT WALTER, D.S.O. (1st, The Buffs), died after an operation at Rouen on December 31, 1918, aged 40, of wounds received in action. He was in the Charterhouse Eleven in 1896, and played subsequently for Exeter College (Oxford), Band of Brothers and Oxford Authentics.

GRELL, LIEUT. ELLIS LOUIS GEORGE NEVILLE (West Yorks. Regt., transferred to Indian Army), was born in Trinidad on December 24th, 1892, and died of illness in India on June 5th, 1918. He was in the Clifton XI in 1908, and played for Trinidad v. Barbados in 1910 and the Staten Island C.C.

HAMILTON, PRIVATE WILLIAM ROBERTSON (7th Batt. Canadian Mounted Rifles), born at Perth on January 30th, 1892, was killed on April 24th, 1915. A member of the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

HEIGHINGTON, LIEUT. GEOFFREY, M.C. (4th Regt. Canadian Mounted Rifles), born at Toronto, died of influenza on November 2, 1918. He was in the Eleven at Ridley College (Ontario) and a member of the Toronto C.C.

HENDERSON, CAPT. ERNEST BRIAN (R.A.F.), born at Toronto in January, 1889, died of wounds on November 3, 1918. He was a member of the Trinity College School Eleven, Port Hope, in 1906. He had been mentioned in Dispatches.

HORNBY, COL. C. G., M.C. (East Lanashire Regiment), who died in West Africa of blackwater fever on December 30, 1918 aged 35, was in the Sandhurst Eleven of 1902.

HORNTON, LIEUT. JOHN ROBERT (Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Wednesbury, Staffs., June 24, 1880, died of wounds on October 7, 1916. He was a useful member of the Victoria C.C., of British Columbia.

HURLBUTT, CAPT. PERCIVAL, M.C. (Montgomeryshire Yeomanry) died in a private nursing-home at Chester of illness contracted on active service on June 8, 1918, aged 40. Played for Montgomeryshire.

JERKINS, LIEUT.-COL. LEOLINE, D.S.O., M.C. (R.A.F.), who died of pneumonia after influenza in a military hospital on November 20, 1918, had been in the Eleven at St. Bees.

JONES, PRIVATE THOMAS ALFRED (16th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Newtown, Montgomeryshire, on March 8th, 1892, died of wounds of September 14th, 1916. He played for the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

KIDD, CAPT. CLARENCE ERROL, M.C. (3rd Batt. Canadian Infantry), born at Listowel (Ont.) on April 12th, 1887, died of wounds on December 22, 1918. He was a member of the Eleven at Trinity College School, Port Hope, in 1902 and two following years.

KNIGHT, LIEUT. MAYNARD MANSFIELD (I.A.R.O.), who died of pneumonia on January 28, aged 41, was in the Lancing Eleven in 1894 and 1895. In the former year he headed both batting and bowling, but in 1895 failed to fulfil the promise he then showed.

LEAKE, PRIVATE EDWARD (94th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force) was born in Birmingham on July 5, 1897, and killed on August 8, 1918. He was a playing member of the Port Arthur C.C., of Ontario.

LING, CAPT. FERGUS GRAHAM (King Edward's Horse), died at Northampton on December 16, 1918, of illness contracted on active service. He had been a member of the Bradfield Eleven, and in 1901 headed the averages with 52.00.

LYLE, LIEUT. A. J. (King's Liverpool Regt., Liverpool Scottish died of illness contracted on active service on February 26. He was one of the best-known members of the Greenock C.C.

MACKINNON, LIEUT. A. H. (Cameron Highlanders), previously reported missing, is now known to have been killed in September, 1914. He took part in many Regimental matches.

MELVILLE, RALPH LESLIE (15th Canadian Infantry), born May 12, 1885, died in France of pneumonia following influenza on March 4, 1919. He was a useful all-round member of the Merion C.C., of Philadelphia.

MILLIGAN, CAPT. JOHN RICHARD (Indian Army Reserve of Officers, attached 59th Rifles), previously reported wounded and missing, has been presumed killed on March 8, 1916. He was in the Edinburgh Academy XI from 1906 to 1908.

MITCHELL, CAPT. JOHN BROUGHTON, M.C. and Bar (10th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), was born at Millwood, Canada, on August 4, 1896, and died of wounds on September 29, 1918. He was in the Eleven at Highfield School (Hamilton, Ont.) in 1914.

MORGAN, CAPT. RICHARD CROKE (Asst. Labour Commandant) died of septic pneumonia on February 18, aged 35. Was in the Winchester Eleven of 1902, when he scored 147 runs with an average of 10.50. At Oxford he did not obtain his Blue, but he played for University College.

NICHOLLS, GUNNER RICHARD OWEN (Capes Battery, Canadian Expeditionary Force), accidentally killed in France on August 15, 1918, played for the Point St. Charles C.C. (P.Q.).

NICHOLSON, LIEUT. ARTHUR STUART (Cameron Highlanders), previously reported wounded and missing, is now known to have been killed in the Battle of the Aisne on September 14, 1914, aged 25. He played for Edinburgh Garrison and in Regimental cricket.

O'BRIEN, LIEUT. ROBERT EDWARD (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), who died in February, aged 19, was in the Eleven whilst at Bradfield, and in 1917 was captain of Sandhurst. He was an all-round cricketer.

ODDY, LANCE-CORPL. GEORGE (47th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Bradford, died of illness in England on April 17th, 1916. He was a member of the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

PEARCE, LIEUT. GORDON MCKENZIE (124th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Seaforth (Ontario) on September 30th, 1896, was killed on April 26th, 1917. He was in the Eleven at Highland School (Hamilton, Ont.) in 1912.

POWELL, LIEUT. RICHARD H. (Royal Sussex Regt.) died in France on or after May 9, 1915, aged 31. He was in the Haileybury XI in 1901 and 1902, and was editor of the sporting department of The Times.

PUNCHARD, LIEUT. JAMES SEPTIMUS (K.O.R.L. Regt.) died in a nursing home at Bournemouth on April 2, aged 45. He had been gassed and badly wounded in the thigh at St. Jean, and died of pulmonary tuberculosis. In 1892 he was a member of the Sedbergh School XI, and he played subsequently for Preston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Blackpool, Northern Nomads, and Lancaster, for the last-mentioned ten years.

ROSS, MAJOR JOHN ALEXANDER, M.C. (24th Batt. Canadian Infantry), born at Kenna (Ontario) on June 17, 1893, was killed in September, 1916. He was a member of the Trinity College School, Port Hope, eleven in 1911. He had been mentioned in Dispatches.

ROTHERY, JAMES WILLIAM, born at Staincliffe on September 5, 1877, died in Leeds Hospital on June 3 as the result of wounds received whilst serving with the East Kent Regiment. He played for Yorkshire from 1903 until 1910, his highest innings being 161 v. Kent at Dover in 1908, 134 v. Derbyshire at Chesterfield in 1910, and 118 v. Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1905.

SALES, LIEUT. GEORGE EDWARD (Cameron Highlanders), who died of pneumonia on October 30, 1918, played for the Kentish Association C.C., of Winnipeg.

SAMPHER, PRIVATE (72nd Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Newcastle (Staffs.) on November 6, 1880, was killed on October 30, 1917. He was associated with the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

SAUNDERS, CAPT. NOEL MARTYN (7th Border Regt.), killed on October 20, 1918, aged 35, was in the Lancing XI from 1900 to 1902. He was wounded twice, and had been recommended three times for the Military Cross and mentioned in Dispatches.

SCLATER, LIEUT ARTHUR NORMAN, M.C. (13th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Montreal on August 15, 1889, was killed on August 8, 1918. He was in the eleven at Ridley College, Ontario, in 1906.

SELLARS, CAPT. ERIC FRANCIS, M.C. (Cheshire Regt.), killed on September 18, 1918, aged 25, was a member of the Loretto XI of 1912.

SHAKESPEAR, MAJOR GEORGE FREDERICK CORTLAND, D.S.O, M.C. (Indian Army) died of pneumonia at the beginning of March, aged 29. He was a member of the Wellington eleven in 1907 and 1908, when, without doing anything remarkable, he proved himself to be a useful all-round performer. He was twice mentioned in Dispatches.

SHANLEY, LT.-COL. COOTE NESBITT, D.S.O. (Canadian Permanent Pay Department), who was born at Toronto in November, 1862, died there from exposure in the field on September 7, 1916. He was in the Upper Canada College eleven in 1878, and Assistant Manager of the Canadian team to England in 1887.

SLOSSOM, CAPT. JAMES STACY (105th Infantry, U.S.A.), killed on September 29, 1918, was a prominent member of the Staten Island C.C.

STEWART, LT.-COL. CHARLES JAMES TOWNSEND, D.S.O. and Bar, Croix de Guerre (Princess Pat's Canadian Light Infantry), was born at Amherst (Nova Scotia) on December 14, 1875, and was killed on September 28, 1918. An all-round player, he appeared for the Royal Military College (Kingston, Ont.) and the Wanderers C.C., of Halifax (N.S.).

STINSON, PRIVATE THOMAS HOPE (19th Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), who was born at Hamilton on May 8, 1885, died of wounds in 1918. He was a member of the Upper Canada College eleven in 1901 and 1902.

SUMBY, PRIVATE JAMES (Canadian Expeditionary Force), who was born at Sunderland on February 19, 1895, died of wounds on October 10, 1918. He played for the Brantford C.C., of Ontario.

SWEETLAND, 2ND LIEUT. RUPERT GIRARD (Royal Welsh Fusiliers), who was born in Guernsey on May 18, 1893, died of wounds on January 26, 1917. He had played with success for the New Westminster C.C., of British Columbia.

THUILLIER CAPT. GEORGE FLEETWOOD, M.C. (Devon Regt.), killed on March 26, 1918, aged 21, was in the Dover College XI of 1914.

TINLING, LIEUT. CHARLES BURNABY (42nd Batt. Canadian Expeditionary Force), born at Hamilton(Ont.), died of wounds on April 14, 1917. He was in the eleven at Highfield School (Hamilton, Ontario) in 1910.

TRAVIS, LIEUT. CLIFFORD WELDON (2nd Canadian Machine-gun Battalion), born at Sydney (Nova Scotia) on May 5, 1893, was killed on August 28, 1918. He was a member of the eleven at St. Andrew's College, Toronto, in 1914.

VAN ALLEN, FLIGHT-LIEUT. KENNETH MARSDEN (R.N.A.S.), was born at Winnipeg on March 7, 1889, and died of wounds in Germany in August, 1916. He was in the Trinity College School XI, Port Hope, in 1906.

WALKER PRIVATE RANDOLPH ST. GEORGE, JUN. (107th Regt., U.S.A.), who was killed on September 29, 1918, aged 20, was a promising member of the Staten Island C.C.

WALLACE, CAPT. DR. GUY HALIFAX (Canadian Medical Corps), born at St. Thomas, Ontario, on February 12, 1887, died of illness in New York City on December 9, 1918. A good fast bowler, he was in the eleven at St. Andrew's College, Toronto, in 1903 and 1904.

WHITEHEAD, 2ND LIEUT. JAMES HUGH EDENDALE (Royal West Kent Regt.), died on March 13 of illness contracted on active service. At Clifton College he became a good batsman, a useful leg-break bowler and a very good field. In 1909, when he had a batting average of 28.27 for the side, he scored 70 and 58 v. Rugby. For the Freshmen at Oxford in 1910 he made 17 and 57, and two years later was captain of Trinity. Subsequently he played for Old Cliftonians, Oxford Authentics, M. C. C., Band of Brothers, and Kent 2nd XI. He was brother of the late Mr. G. W. E. Whitehead, of Clifton and Kent.

WILLIAMS, LIEUT. JAMES WILLIAM (87th Canadian Grenadiers) was born in Quebec on January 19, 1888, and killed on November 18, 1916. He was a member of the Quebec eleven.

WILSON, 2ND LIEUT. FREDERICK T. A. (Royal Fusiliers) was killed in action in France on April 12, 1918, aged 20. He was a member of the Felsted XI in 1916.

WOLFE-MURRAY, BRIG.-GEN. ARTHUR ALEXANDER, C.B. (Highland Light Infantry), died in London on December 7, 1918, aged 52. In 1886, when he averaged 50.14 for Sandhurst, he played an innings of 169 against Woolwich. Later he scored well in Regimental matches.

WOOD, LIEUT.-COL. M.D., D.S.O. (West Yorkshire Regt.), officially reported wounded and missing in Gallipoli on August 22, 1915, now believed killed on that date, was in the Sandhurst XI in 1892, and played later in much Regimental cricket and occasionally for Hampshire.

WRIGHT, MAJOR GORDON BROOKE, D.S.O. (Royal Canadian Engineers), born at Hull (Quebec) on September 28, 1881, was killed on May 21, 1915. He played for the Quebec C.C.


ERRATUM.

In Wisden for 1916 it was stated that 2ND LIEUT. R. M. CHADWICK ( Rugby Eleven, 1902), died of wounds on May 12, 1915. Mr. Chadwick is happily alive and well. The mistake probably arose through some confusion of initials.


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