1943

Supplementary obituaries in 1940-41

AUSTIN, MR. HORACE P., an outstanding American cricketer, died in October 1941, aged 60. He played for Pennsylvania University from 1897 to 1901, and during many years for Germantown Halifax Cup team, with which he often went on tour. He was a member of the Merion cricket club. A steady, reliable batsman, often useful in emergency, he set a good example by his safe work in the field. He came to England in 1911 with a Germantown team which showed to considerable advantage against club sides, winning five such matches, losing four and drawing two, but they suffered a heavy defeat from M.C.C. at Lord's and only just avoided a reverse from Gentlemen of Surrey at the Oval.

BAILEY, SIR ABE, so well known all over the world, who died on August 10, 1940, aged 75, was largely responsible for the great improvement brought about in cricket in South Africa during the early years of the century through his administrative and financial assistance. A number of tours, notably that of 1904 to England, were possible only as the result of his efforts, and he was largely instrumental for arranging the Triangular Tournament in England in 1912. A good right-hand medium-pace bowler in his younger days, he captained Transvaal in the Currie Cup tournament at Cape Town in March 1894, taking eleven wickets for 171 runs.

CHAPMAN, MR. HORACE WILLIAM, died at Durban on December 1, 1941, aged 51. A useful batsman and googly bowler for Natal Currie Cup teams between 1911 and 1922, he twice represented South Africa in Test matches against England at Durban in February 1914, and against Australia at Durban in 1921.

HARRAGIN, COLONEL A. E., captain of the Trinidad team over a long period, died in the spring of 1941, aged nearly 64. He took a prominent part in the tour of the West Indies team in 1906, scoring 639 runs with an average of nearly 32; highest 86 in all matches. Of good height and build, he put plenty of power into his drives and generally was attractive in applying the bat to the ball. He did specially well against Kent at Catford, making 31 and 51, but despite his second effort the touring team were beaten in an innings. In the match against Minor Counties at Ealing he scored 68 and 63, so largely helping in victory by 215 runs--the first success of West Indies in England.

HIME, MR. CHARLES FREDERICK WILLIAM, who died on December 6, 1940, aged 71, was a reliable batsman and effective medium-paced bowler. Born on October 24, 1869, he was only 19 when he took six wickets for 40 runs for Pietermaritzburg XXII against the first English team that visited South Africa. In January 1896, he scored 62 against Lord Hawke's English team, adding 184 for the second wicket with R. M. Poore (112). As a result of this he played for South Africa against the tourists at Port Elizabeth; dismissed for 0 and 8, and taking one wicket for 31 runs, he was not chosen for either of the other two Tests. Hime played for Natal until January 1906, when he captained the team against P. F. Warner's M.C.C. team and took five wickets for 18 runs in the first innings; a keen match ended in a victory to the visitors by four wickets.

HOLDSWORTH, MR. FRANK, well known in New Zealand cricket towards the close of last century, died at Wellington on August 4, 1941, aged 69. A forcing batsman and medium-paced bowler who made the ball lift, he helped towards many victories for Wellington. In 1895 he took seven wickets against Canterbury, and two years later he dismissed six Hawkes Bay batsmen in each innings. He also enjoyed success against touring teams, notably Harry Trott's Australian side in 1896 and the Melbourne club in 1900.

JILANI, M. BAQA, who came to England with the team from India in 1936, died on July 2, 1941, within twenty-eight days of completing thirty years. A useful bat, he averaged 18.52 in three-day matches, with 113 at Leicester his one really big innings. He played in one Test, the third at the Oval, presumably for his bowling, but he did not take a wicket, and, batting last but one, he scored not out 4 and 12. Altogether in three-day matches he took eleven wickets at the high cost of 40.72 runs apiece.

MACDONNELL, LIEUT.-GENERAL SIR ARCHIBALD CAMERON, who played for Trinity College School, Port Hope, in 1882-83, and Royal Military College, Kingston, Ontario, 1883-85, died on December 23, aged 77. He was captain in his last year at the Military College, and played in the Western Canada International team. After service in the Boer War, he commanded Lord Strathcona's Horse in the Great War, earning many honours. When commandant of the Military College, 1919-25, he continued his keen interest in Canadian cricket.

SHEPSTONE, MR. GEORGE HAROLD, a free hitter and good fast bowler, died at Johannesburg on July 3, 1940 aged 63. Born at Pietermaritzburg on April 8, 1876, he was educated at Repton, and played in the eleven in 1892-93. On returning to South Africa, he took part in two, representative matches at Johannesburg; in March 1896 against Lord Hawke's first English team, and in February 1899 against the second team taken to South Africa by the Yorkshire captain, his scores being 21, 9, 8 and 0. In 1904 he came to England with the team captained by Frank Mitchell, but played little owing to illness. Shepstone appeared for Transvaal from 1898 to 1905, his highest score being 104 against Griqualand West at Cape Town in April 1898.

SLATEM, MR. JOHN JAMES, died at Johannesburg on March 20, 1941, aged 68. A regular member of Transvaal teams from 1894 to 1905, he made 728 runs, average 28, in first-class matches; highest score 154.

TAPSCOTT, MR. GEORGE LANCELOT, died at Kimberley on December 13, 1940, aged 61. A hard-hitting batsman, he scarcely fulfilled the promise given in an innings of 106 for Griqualand West against Natal in March 1911. In the following December, by brilliant hitting he scored 111 in seventy minutes and 60 for the Rest of South Africa against Transvaal; but he failed to gain selection for the South African team that toured England in 1912. When the England team under J. W. H. T. Douglas visited South Africa in 1913-14, Tapscott played in the first Test match, but scored only 4 and 1, and was not called upon again, though he continued to bat and bowl with considerable success for Griqualand West until 1923, when he gave up first-class cricket because of knee trouble. His brother, L. B. Tapscott, also played for South Africa.

VAN DER BYL, MR. VOLTELIN ALBERT WILLIAM, died at Cape Town on October 2, 1941, aged 69. A hard-hitting batsman, he played for Western Province from 1890 to 1896; highest score 61.

WHITEHEAD, MR. JAMES GEORGE, died at Mowbray, Cape Town, on January 23, 1940, aged 63. He bowled fast-medium left-hand for Western Province from 1904 to 1921, except just before the last war, when he played for Griqualand West. In all first-class matches he took 118 wickets at an average cost of 18.88.

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