March 07, 1888, Shanghai, China
September 27, 1915, Bois Hugo, Loos, France, (aged 27y 204d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Medium, Legbreak
Born at Shanghai on March 7, 1888. His death in the First World War robbed Hampshire of a talented fast bowler whose results in 1914 suggested he would have been a great player.
From 1905 to 1907 he was in the Aldenham XI, heading the bowling averages in his final year with 43 wickets at 10.74. He went on to Cambridge but did not play first-class cricket there, but in 1912/13 toured West Indies with the MCC, taking 5 wickets at 29. He first played for Hampshire in 1913, and then in 1914 in Championship matches alone he took 112 wickets at 18.26. He also played twice for the Gentlemen against Players in 1914, at Lord's and the Oval, but took only two wickets in the two games for 73 runs.
His best analyses for Hampshire in 1914 were 14 for 105 (including 8 for 67) v Derbyshire at Basingstoke; 14 for 54 (including 8 for 21) v Somerset at Bath when he and Kennedy bowled unchanged throughout, and 7 for 51 v Warwickshire at Southampton. In his total of 49 matches for Hampshire he took 168 wickets at 21.52. Wisden said: "Doubtless his unusual methods contributed much to his success, for, placing nearly all his field on the on-side, he pitched on the wicket or outside the leg-stump, and, swinging-in and getting on an off-break, cramped the batsmen so much that many of them lost patience and succumbed."
The year after his successful season of 1914 he was killed in action at Bois Hugo, Loos, France, on September 27, 1915, while serving as a Captain in the 12th West Yorkshire Regiment. He was 27.
Batting & Fielding