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Altham, Harry Surtees (1888–1965), schoolmaster and cricket historian, was born at 8 The Terrace, York Town, Frimley, Surrey, on 30 November 1888, the younger son of Sir Edward Altham Altham (1856–1943), army officer, and his wife, Georgina Emily (1855–1945), daughter of W. Macpherson Nicol...

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Arthur John Butler (1844–1910) by Frederick Hollyer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A. T. Quiller-Couch

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Butler, Arthur John (1844–1910), Italian scholar and mountaineer, born at Putney, Surrey, on 21 June 1844, was the eldest of the six children of William John Butler (1818–1894), at that time curate of Puttenham, near Guildford, Surrey, but best-known as the dean of ...

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Cheeke, William (fl. 1592–1615?), anagrammatist, is of obscure origin. In his only printed work he identifies himself as ‘Gulielmo Checo Durotrige’ and ‘Guil. Cheeke. Austro-Britannus’, suggesting a connection with southern England, perhaps Dorset. He entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford, at the beginning of 1592 and graduated BA from there on 14 February 1596....

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Farnes, Kenneth (1911–1941), cricketer and schoolmaster, was born on 8 July 1911 at home at 141 Wallwood Road, Leytonstone, Essex, the younger son of Sydney Heath Farnes, a brewer's clerk, and his wife, Florence Susanna Georgiana Shipston. He captained the eleven at Royal Liberty School, Romford...

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George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, fifth earl of Carnarvon (1866–1923) by unknown photographer Griffith Institute, Oxford

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Herbert, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux, fifth earl of Carnarvon (1866–1923), sportsman and Egyptologist, was born at Highclere Castle, near Newbury, Berkshire, on 26 June 1866, the only son of Henry Howard Molyneux Herbert, fourth earl of Carnarvon (1831–1890), Conservative politician, and his first wife, ...

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Lyttelton, Edward (1855–1942), schoolmaster, Church of England clergyman, and cricketer, was born at Hagley, Worcestershire, 23 July 1855, the seventh of eight sons of George William Lyttelton, fourth Baron Lyttelton (1817–1876), and his first wife, Mary (1813–1857), daughter of Sir Stephen Richard Glynne, ...

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Macnutt, Derrick Somerset [pseud. Ximenes] (1902–1971), crossword compiler and schoolmaster, was born on 29 March 1902 at Coomrith, Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, Sussex, the elder child and only son of Frederic Brodie Macnutt (1873–1949), curate-in-charge of Christ Church, Wimbledon, and his first wife, ...

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Marshall, Francis [Frank] (1845–1906), rugby administrator and schoolmaster, was born on 19 September 1845 at Witton Lane, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, the son of John William Marshall, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Sarah Salt. He was educated at Brewood School, then entered St John's College, Cambridge...

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Miller, James Arthur (1855–1939), rugby administrator and schoolmaster, was born in Leeds on 19 January 1855, the son of Joseph Miller, an engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth. He first played rugby in the 1870s as a pupil at Leeds middle class school, an Anglican establishment which specialized in science and technology. He later returned as the school's science master, a role in which he enjoyed great popularity with the boys. He played rugby for ...

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Rye, Walter (1843–1929), athlete and antiquary, was born on 31 October 1843 at 14 King's Parade, Chelsea, the seventh child of Edward Rye, a London solicitor and bibliophile, and his wife, Maria Tuppen. His siblings included Maria Susan Rye, the social reformer, and ...

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Smith, Gilbert Oswald [G. O., Jo] (1872–1943), footballer and schoolmaster, was born at Chesham House, Warham Road, Croydon, Surrey, on 25 November 1872, the third son of Robert Smith, a merchant, and his wife, Margaret, née Bannerman. He was educated from 1886 to 1892 at ...

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Stamma, Phillip (d. 1755), chess player and interpreter of oriental languages, was born in Aleppo. His name is rendered variously in European documents as Philippe, Philippo or Filipo, and Phillip. What little can be known about his origins comes from evidence contained in a few extant copies of his treatise on chess, ...

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Thomson, James Merriman Archer (1863–1912), rock climber and headmaster, was born in Kensington, London, on 5 February 1863, the sixth child of the Revd James Thomson (1817–1901), Church of England clergyman and master at Christ's Hospital school, and his wife, Caroline Olivia, née...

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Wanostrocht, Nicholas [pseud. Nicholas Felix] (1804–1876), cricketer and schoolmaster, was born on 5 October 1804 at Alfred House Academy, Peckham Road, Camberwell, the eldest son of Vincent Wanostrocht (1783–1824). He was educated (c.1809–c.1820) at the academy, which had been founded by his great-uncle....

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Thomas Seccombe

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Westwood, Thomas (1814–1888), poet and bibliographer of angling, was born on 26 November 1814 at Westwood Cottage, The Chase, Enfield, and was baptized at St Andrew's, Enfield, on 1 January 1815, the youngest son of Thomas Westwood of Enfield and his wife, Mary...

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Geoffrey Winthrop Young (1876–1958) by unknown photographer Alpine Club Photo Library, London

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Young, Geoffrey Winthrop (1876–1958), mountaineer and educationist, was born on 25 October 1876 in London, the second son of Sir George Young, third baronet (1837–1930), and his wife, Alice Eacy (1840–1922), daughter of Evory Kennedy, a Dublin physician, and widow of Sir Alexander Hutchinson Lawrence, ...