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Cowdrey, (Michael) Colin, Baron Cowdrey of Tonbridge (1932–2000), cricketer, was born on 24 December 1932 at Putumala, near Ootacamund in southern India, the only child of Ernest Arthur Cowdrey, a tea planter, and his wife, Kathleen Mary (Molly) Taylor. Accorded the initials M. C. C....

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Grace, Edward Mills (1841–1911), cricketer, was born on 28 November 1841 at Downend, near Bristol. He was the third of five sons (W. G. Grace being the fourth) of Dr Henry Mills Grace (1808–1871) and his wife, Martha, daughter of George Pocock...

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Grace, William Gilbert [W. G.] (1848–1915), cricketer and medical practitioner, was born on 18 July 1848 at Clematis House, close to the family home of Downend House, Downend, Mangotsfield, near Bristol. He was the fourth son, in a family of nine, of Dr Henry Mills Grace (1808–1871)...

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Hammond, Walter Reginald (1903–1965), cricketer, was born on 19 June 1903 in the royal garrison at Dover Castle, the only child of Corporal (later Major) William Walter Hammond (1879–1918) and his wife, (Charlotte) Marion Crisp (1879–1970), of Buckland, near Dover. His father, son of a builder in ...

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Harris, George Robert Canning, fourth Baron Harris (1851–1932), cricketer and administrator in India, was born at St Ann's, Trinidad, on 3 February 1851, the only son of George Francis Robert Harris, third Baron Harris (1810–1872), governor of Trinidad, and his wife, Sarah (...

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Hawke, Martin Bladen, seventh Baron Hawke (1860–1938), cricketer, was born at the rectory, Willingham, Lincolnshire, on 16 August 1860, the second and eldest surviving son of Edward Henry Julius Hawke (1815–1887) and his wife, Jane (d. 1915), third daughter of Henry Dowker...

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Hobbs, Sir John Berry [Jack] (1882–1963), cricketer, was born on 16 December 1882 at 8 Brewhouse Lane, Cambridge, the eldest of twelve children (six boys and six girls) of John Cooper Hobbs (d. 1901), a slater's labourer, and his wife, Flora Matilda Berry...

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Hutton, Sir Leonard [Len] (1916–1990), cricketer, was born on 23 June 1916 at 5 Fulneck, near Pudsey, Leeds, the youngest of the six children of Henry Hutton (1876–1947), builder and foreman joiner, and his wife, Lily Swithenbank (1875–1952). Moravians, the earliest protestant sect in ...

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Jackson, Sir (Francis) Stanley (1870–1947), cricketer and politician, was the second son and seventh child of William Lawies Jackson, first Baron Allerton (1840–1917), and his wife, Grace, née Tempest (1845–1901). He was born on 21 November 1870 at Chapel Allerton, near Leeds. After schooling at ...

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Jardine, Douglas Robert (1900–1958), cricketer, was born on 23 October 1900 in Malabar Hill, Bombay, the only son of Malcolm Robert Jardine (1869–1947) and his wife, Alison, daughter of Dr Robert Moir, physician.

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Jessop, Gilbert Laird (1874–1955), cricketer, was born on 19 May 1874 at 30 Cambray, Cheltenham, the eleventh child of Henry Edward Jessop, surgeon, and his wife, Susannah Radford Hughes. He went to the local grammar school in Cheltenham, where he won a place in the first eleven at the age of thirteen. A year later he was a valuable all-rounder in the team while also gaining experience in club cricket. His father's sudden death in 1890 meant that he had to leave school. For the next six years he earned a precarious living assisting with supervision and games in various schools in return for little more than his board. He made successful appearances in club cricket in ...

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Laker, James Charles [Jim] (1922–1986), cricketer, was born at Frizinghall, Bradford, Yorkshire, on 9 February 1922, the youngest child and only son—he had one sister and three older half-sisters—of Charles Henry Laker (1887–1931), stonemason, originally of Sussex, and Ellen Taylor Oxby (1878–1945), teacher, of ...

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Lock, (Graham) Anthony Richard [Tony] (1929–1995), cricketer, was born on 5 July 1929 at 36 Granville Road, Limpsfield, Surrey, the son of Frederick Ernest Lock, chauffeur and later painter, and his wife, Martha Elizabeth, née Lockyer. He spent his early days watching cricket on the village green, and showed a precocious talent for the game. At fourteen he captained the ...

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Lord, Thomas (1755–1832), founder of Lord's cricket ground and businessman, was born on 23 November 1755 at Thirsk, Yorkshire, the son of William Lord, a labourer from a Roman Catholic family. Lord's ancestors had suffered for their allegiance to the Jacobite cause and had had their lands sequestered, forcing his father to work as a labourer. The family moved to ...

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Mann, (Francis) George (1917–2001), cricketer, was born at Red House, Brooklands Lane, Weybridge, Surrey, on 6 September 1917, the elder son of Francis Thomas Mann (1888–1964) and his wife, Enid Agnes, née Tilney. His father, a brewer, was then serving as a captain in the ...

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Mann, Sir Horatio, second baronet (1744–1814), politician and patron of cricket, was born on 2 February 1744 at Boughton Malherbe, Kent, the only surviving son of Galfridus Mann (d. 1756), army clothier, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of John Gregory of London...

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Ottaway, Cuthbert John (1850–1878), sportsman, was born at Hammond Place, Dover, Kent, on 19 July 1850, the only child of James Cuthbert Ottaway (1810/11–1891), surgeon and mayor of Dover, and his wife, Jane, née Bridge (1819/20–1886). He was educated at Eton College (1863–9), where he was a king's scholar and a pupil of ...

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W. B. Owen

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Shaw, Alfred (1842–1907), cricketer, born at Burton Joyce, near Nottingham, on 28 August 1842, was the youngest of thirteen children of William Shaw, a frame-work knitter, and his wife, Mary Goodwin. On his mother's death in 1852 he left school to work on a farm scaring crows. Dismissed for playing cricket instead, he became apprenticed to a hand-frame stocking knitter. The system of piece-work then prevailing gave him more time to develop his aptitude for cricket, and in 1862 he succeeded his brother ...

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Sheppard, David Stuart, Baron Sheppard of Liverpool (1929–2005), cricketer and bishop of Liverpool, was born on 6 March 1929 at 86 Doods Road, Reigate, Surrey, the younger child of Stuart Morton Winter Sheppard, solicitor, and his wife, Barbara, née Shepherd. His father was a cousin of ...

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Spofforth, Frederick Robert (1853–1926), cricketer, was born on 9 September 1853, probably in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, the fourth child and second son of Edward Spofforth (1805–1875), a Yorkshire-born banker who had travelled to the infant colony of Perth, Western Australia...