Fred Abraham Jr.

Frederick Henri "Fred" Abraham (4 July 1886 – 2 October 1918) was a British Guianese cricketer who played at first-class level for what is now the Guyanese national side (then known as British Guiana). He was killed fighting in France during the First World War.

Fred Abraham
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Personal information
Full nameFrederick Henri Abraham
Born4 July 1886
Soesdyke, Demerara,
British Guiana
Died2 October 1918 (aged 32)
Joncourt, Aisne, France
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleAll-rounder
RelationsFred Abraham Sr. (father)
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1904–1912British Guiana
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 10
Runs scored 362
Batting average 20.11
100s/50s 0/2
Top score 64
Balls bowled 1,148
Wickets 24
Bowling average 24.37
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 4/30
Catches/stumpings 9/–
Source: CricketArchive, 30 November 2014

Abraham was born at Soesdyke, on the eastern bank of the Demerara River in present-day Guyana.[1] His Essequibo-born father, Fred Abraham Sr., played a single match for British Guiana in September 1883.[2] Abraham himself made his first-class debut during the 1904–05 season, aged 18, when he played for British Guiana against a touring English side led by Lord Brackley (later the 4th Earl of Ellesmere). He participated in Inter-Colonial Tournament matches over the following six seasons, although British Guiana failed to make the tournament's final in any of those years.[3] Abraham often opened the bowling for British Guiana,[4] and later came to open the batting, despite having come in seventh in the batting order on debut. He twice scored half-centuries while opening the batting – 56 runs against Trinidad in September 1907, and 64 against Barbados in January 1909.[5][6]

Outside of intercolonial matches, Abraham played three matches for British Guiana against touring sides – two during the 1909–10 season, against a team of West Indians led by William Shepherd, and one during the 1910–11 season, against a team of English players organised by the MCC and led by A. W. F. Somerset.[3] Abraham's best bowling figures came during his final first-class match, against Trinidad in the 1911–12 Inter-Colonial Tournament hosted by Barbados. He took 4/30 from fourteen six-ball overs in Trinidad's innings, but was unable to prevent his side from losing by an innings and 36 runs.[7] During World War I, Abraham enlisted as an officer cadet with the 16th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers, having previously been a serjeant in the West India Regiment (drawn from the British colonies in the Caribbean).[8] By September 1917, he had been promoted temporary second lieutenant, along with 23 other cadets from his regiment.[9] Abraham was killed in action at Goncourt, France, in early October 1918, and buried at Joncourt East British Cemetery.[8]

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  1. ^ Frederick Abraham playing statistics – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  2. ^ Frank Abraham playing statistics – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b First-class matches played by Frederick Abraham (10) – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  4. ^ For instance, in Barbados v British Guiana, Inter-Colonial Tournament 1905/06 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  5. ^ British Guiana v Trinidad, Inter-Colonial Tournament 1907/08 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  6. ^ Barbados v British Guiana, Inter-Colonial Tournament 1908/09 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  7. ^ British Guiana v Trinidad, Inter-Colonial Tournament 1911/12 – CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b ABRAHAM, FREDERICK HENRI – Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  9. ^ "No. 30347". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 October 1917. p. 10884.