Thomas Taylor (cricketer, born 1823)

Thomas Clough Taylor DL (27 August 1823 – 10 July 1859) was an English first-class cricketer and British Army officer.

Thomas Taylor
Personal information
Full nameThomas Clough Taylor
Born(1823-08-27)27 August 1823
Appleton-le-Street, Yorkshire, England
Died10 July 1859(1859-07-10) (aged 35)
Meerut, North-Western Provinces, British India
BattingUnknown
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1850–1851Marylebone Cricket Club
1850Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 6
Runs scored 70
Batting average 7.77
100s/50s –/–
Top score 21
Catches/stumpings 1/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 August 2019

The son of Edward Clough Taylor and Emma Georgina Taylor (née Badcock), he was born on 27 August 1823 at Appleton-le-Street, Yorkshire.[1] Educated at Harrow School between 1838 and 1842 where he appeared for the school first cricket XI in 1840–41.[2][3] From Harrow he enlisted in the British Army by purchasing the rank of ensign in the 41st Regiment of Foot in September 1842,[4] with Taylor purchasing the rank of lieutenant in 1844.[5] He made his debut in first-class cricket in 1850 for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against Cambridge University at Fenner's. He made four further first-class appearances in 1850, with two further appearances for the MCC, in addition to playing for Middlesex against Surrey at The Oval, and for the Gentlemen of England against the Gentlemen of Kent at Canterbury. His final first-class appearance came in 1851 for the MCC against Cambridge University.[6] His six first-class matches yielded him 70 runs with a high score of 20.[7]

In February 1850, Taylor purchased a captaincy in the 41st Foot but sold he commission in May 1850 and retired from the army.[8][9] By 1852 Taylor was in the Cape Colony and saw action in the Eighth Xhosa War as a Captain in command of a company of native troops for which he was mentioned in dispatches.[10][11] Returning to Britain by 1853, he was appointed as adjutant to the 5th West Yorkshire Militia.[2] He was appointed as a deputy lieutenant for the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1855.[12] In December 1855 Taylor was charged with the embezzlement of £300 belonging to the British army and appeared before York magistrates. However explanations were provided to the War Office and the charge was dropped.[13] In April 1856 he resigned from the post of adjutant in the militia.[14] He died at Meerut in British India on 10 July 1859 while serving as a sergeant in the 6th Dragoon Guards.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burke, John & Burke, John Bernard (1847). A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain & Ireland. II - From M to Z. Henry Colburn. p. 1365.
  2. ^ a b Stogdon, John Hubert (1925). The Harrow School Register, 1845-1925 (4 ed.). Longmans, Green and Company. pp. 165.
  3. ^ "No. 21505". The London Gazette. 23 December 1853. p. 3747.
  4. ^ "No. 20146". The London Gazette. 30 September 1842. p. 2633.
  5. ^ The United Service Magazine. 1844. p. 158.
  6. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Thomas Taylor". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Player profile: Thomas Taylor". CricketArchive. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  8. ^ "No. 21070". The London Gazette. 22 February 1850. p. 496.
  9. ^ "No. 5693". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 May 1850. p. 375.
  10. ^ "No. 21317". The London Gazette. 11 May 1852. p. 1329.
  11. ^ "Local News". Yorkshire Gazette. XXXIV (1726). 22 May 1852. p. 5 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "No. 21682". The London Gazette. 23 March 1855. p. 1181.
  13. ^ "Local & Other News". Leeds Intelligencer. CII (2631). 8 December 1855. p. 5 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  14. ^ "No. 21888". The London Gazette. 30 May 1856. p. 1943.
  15. ^ Harfield, Alan (1992). Meerut - The First Sixty Years (1815-1875). British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia. p. 161. ISBN 978-0907799436.

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