Born at Dorking, Surrey, 19th November 1841.
Died at Bermondsey, London, 8th April 1889.
Originally a bricklayer, he first went out as a cricket professional when he was at Wellesley House, Twickenham, in 1862-63. In 1862 he made his first appearance for Surrey, the first of 378 first-class appearances, 252 of them for Surrey and two Test Matches against Australia. He toured North America in 1868 and Australia twice in 1873/4 and 1876/7. In 1866 he appeared for Buckinghamshire. In 1875 he became landlord of the Horns Tavern, Lower Norwood, and in December 1880 he moved to the Sun Hotel, at Weston, near Southampton. In 1875 his first wife died, but he subsequently remarried. In 1884 he was living at Dorking, by 1887 he was at 44 Hanover Street, Pimlico, London and died at the address of Mrs.Thompson, his sister at 7 Catlin Street, Rotherhithe New Road, London.
For the 1881 Census he was at the Sun Hotel, Hampshire, aged 39, hotel keeper and professional cricketer, with his wife Rose E., aged 35, born West Dean, Wiltshire. The only other occupant was Elizabeth A. Leese aged 13, a niece.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)