Obituaries in 1953

AIREY, BRIGADIER ROWLEY MONTAGUE, who died in hospital on December 26, was a member of the Kent Committee and for some years assistant secretary to the County Club. He was also honorary secretary to the Forty Club. He served with the R.A.S.C. in both World Wars, being mentioned in dispatches, and was awarded the O.B.E. and the M.C.

BERNARD, MR. CHARLES A., who died at Bristol, aged 77, was a member of the Bristol Bohemians Club and played for Somerset. He first appeared for the county in 1896, but three years elapsed before he again gained a place in the side. Then, in twelve matches, he scored 697 runs, average 33.19, and Wisden said of him: He made it clear that he was a batsman of more than ordinary ability. Against Hampshire at Southampton the following season he scored 122, he and L. C. H. Palairet putting on 262 for the third wicket, and he scored another century, 101 not out, from the Gloucestershire bowling at Taunton in 1901. Strong in defence, he was particularly good in off-side strokes, but indifferent fielding prevented him from playing for Somerset more often.

MEYER, MR. WILLIAM E., who died on October 1, aged 70, played 16 innings for Gloucestershire in 1909 and 1910, scoring 136 runs. His highest score was a hard-hit 43 against Kent at Catford.

MORLEY, MR. HAYDN ARTHUR, who died at Hathersage in May, aged 91, played for Derbyshire against Nottinghamshire in 1891. A very good club batsman, he captained Belper Meadows C.C. from 1891 to 1893, succeeding F. R. Spofforth. He was the first player to be signed by Derby County F.C. after their formation in 1884.

RIDLEY, MR. G. V. N., who died on November 12, aged 57, was a member of the Executive Committee of Essex C.C.C. from 1929 till his death. He made a few appearances for the county during three seasons from 1924, his best innings being 54 against Gloucestershire at Colchester. He was a Justice of the Peace.

TOOGOOD, THOMAS, who died in September, aged 81, was in his youth among the best slow-medium spin bowlers in the Bristol district. For a long time groundsman and professional to Clifton C.C., he was for twelve years assistant coach at Clifton College and between 1906 and 1914 made a few appearances for Gloucestershire.

WALKER, MR. JOHN BARNHILL, who died in a Glasgow nursing home on November 21, played as a batsman for Scotland on several occasions. At one time captain of Greenock C.C., he hit 169 not out against West of Scotland in 1912. He also played Rugby football for Greenock Wanderers. Senior director of John Walker and Co. (Sugar Refiners), he was a direct descendant of the John Walker who founded the refinery over a century ago.


In the 1954 Wisden, page 926, Daniel M. Hayward appeared by an unfortunate error as Daniel M. Haycock.

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