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Ernest Crawshaw
Born (1889-06-23)23 June 1889
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 9 October 1918(1918-10-09) (aged 29)
Le Cateau-Cambrésis, Nord, France

Ernest Elgood Crawshaw (23 June 1889 – 9 October 1918) was a New Zealand cricketer who played first-class cricket for Canterbury. He died in France in World War I.

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Ernest Crawshaw was born in Christchurch and educated at Christchurch Boys' High School, where he captained the school's cricket and rugby teams.[1] In 1908 he was awarded the school's inaugural Deans Memorial Scholarship, presented to a senior boy with outstanding personal qualities.[2] He became an accountant, and married Elsie Lorraine Gunn Francis. They had one son.[1][3]

He played cricket for Canterbury while still at school and appeared several times for them before World War I, making some useful contributions as a bowler and fieldsman.[4] During the war he enlisted in the 1st Battalion Canterbury Regiment and travelled as part of D Company 36th Reinforcements to France, sailing from Wellington in May 1918. A sergeant-major, he was killed in action at Le Cateau on 9 October 1918.[1][5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The Fallen and Wounded". Press. 28 October 1918. p. 8. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19181028.2.59. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  2. "Prize Distributions". Press. 16 December 1908. p. 8. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19081216.2.34. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  3. "Roll of Honour". Sun. 28 October 1918. p. 1. https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/SUNCH19181028.2.2. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  4. "Ernest Crawshaw". CricketArchive. https://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/21/21713/21713.html. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  5. Nigel McCrery, Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War, Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, 2015, pp. 456–57.

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