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Aislabie, Benjamin (1774–1842), wine merchant and cricket administrator, was born on 14 January 1774 in Newington Green, Middlesex, the third son, and sixth and last child, of Rawson Aislabie (d. 1806), soap and wine merchant of Newington Green who owned two estates on the island of ...

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Allen, Sir George Oswald Browning [Gubby] (1902–1989), cricketer and cricket administrator, was born on 31 July 1902 in Sydney, Australia, the younger son and second of the three children of Sir Walter Macarthur Allen (1870–1943) and his wife, Marguerite Julie (Pearl), daughter of ...

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Ames, Leslie Ethelbert George (1905–1990), cricketer, was born at Fairfield House, Elham, Kent, on 3 December 1905, the son of Harold Ames, accountant, and his wife, Edith Broadbridge. He attended the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, and was unusual in his day in embarking on a career as a professional cricketer after a grammar school education. He left school at seventeen and was apprenticed in his cousin's grocery business, but a year later he joined the ...

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Bailey, Trevor Edward (1923–2011), cricketer, broadcaster, and journalist, was born on 3 December 1923 at 11 Imperial Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, the younger son (there were no daughters) of Bertrand Fothergill Bailey (1884–1947), a civil servant at the Admiralty, and his wife, Muriel Elsie, ...

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Barnes, Sydney Francis (1873–1967), cricketer, was born on 19 April 1873 at Cross Street, Smethwick, Staffordshire, the second son of the five children of Richard Barnes, a metal tester and later foreman shipper, who worked in Birmingham for the Muntz Metal Company for sixty-three years, and his wife, ...

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Bedser, Sir Alec Victor (1918–2010), cricketer and businessman, was born on 4 July 1918 at his grandmother's house, 13 Pangbourne Street, Reading, one of twin sons of Arthur Bedser (1890–1978), a bricklayer then serving as an aircraftsman with the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Compton, Denis Charles Scott (1918–1997), cricketer and footballer, was born on 23 May 1918 at 20 Alexandra Road, Hendon, Middlesex, the youngest of three children of Henry (Harry) Ernest Compton, a manufacturing chemist's counterman, and his wife, Jessie Anne Duthie. Both parents resided at ...

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Constantine, Learie Nicholas, Baron Constantine (1901–1971), cricketer and politician, was born on 21 September 1901 at Petit Valley, Diego Martin, near Maraval, Trinidad, the second child and eldest son of Lebrun Samuel Constantine (1874–1942), cricketer and cocoa estate overseer, and his wife, Anaise Pascall...

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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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D'Oliveira, Basil Lewis [Dolly] (1931?–2011), cricketer, was probably born on 4 October 1931 in Signal Hill, Cape Town, South Africa, the son of Lewis D'Oliveira (1904–1979), tailor, and his wife, Maria. Uncertainty, however, still surrounds the year of his birth. For some time he claimed to have been born in 1934, but later confessed that, had someone suggested he was nearer forty than thirty-five when he first played for ...

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Douglas, John William Henry Tyler [Johnny] (1882–1930), cricketer and all-round sportsman, was born on 3 September 1882 at 2 Stamford Terrace, Stamford Hill, London, the elder son of John Herbert Douglas (1853–1930), timber merchant, and his wife, Julia Ann, née Tyler. His father combined a successful career as a businessman—he was head of the ...

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Edrich, William John [Bill] (1916–1986), cricketer, was born on 26 March 1916 in Lingwood, Norfolk, the second son and second child in the family of four sons and a daughter of William Archer Edrich, tenant farmer, and his wife, Edith Mattocks, originally of Cumbrian farming stock, whose family had moved to ...

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Frindall, William Howard [Bill] (1939–2009), cricket scorer and statistician, was born at Middle House, Dorking Road, Epsom, Surrey, on 3 March 1939, the son of Arthur Howard Frindall (1909–1964), laboratory assistant, later research chemist, and his wife, Evelyn Violet, née McNeill (1909–1999). Given the concentration demanded by his work, it seemed apt that ...

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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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Greig, Anthony William [Tony] (1946–2012), cricketer and cricket commentator, was born on 6 October 1946 in Queenstown, Cape Province, South Africa, the eldest of four children of Alexander (Sandy) Greig (1922–1990), born in West Lothian, and his wife, Josephine Barry (Joyce), née Taylor (...

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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...