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Born 3 November 1895
Kensington, Middlesex, England
Died 12 August 1969(1969-08-12) (aged 73)
Banbury, Oxfordshire, England

Guy Saxon Llewellyn Gregson-Ellis MC (3 November 1895 – 12 August 1969) was an English first-class cricketer and British Army officer. He had a military career that spanned 32 years and two world wars, as well as appearing in four first-class cricket matches for the Europeans cricket team in British India.

Early life and World War IEdit

Gregson-Ellis was born at Kensington to Charles James Gregson-Ellis and his wife Mildred Agnes Scholefield.[1] He attended Charterhouse School in 1909.[2] After leaving Charterhouse, Gregson-Ellis attended the Royal Military Academy, upon graduating he entered into the Royal Berkshire Regiment as a second lieutenant shortly before the outbreak of World War One.[3]

While serving in the war during December 1914, he was promoted to the temporary rank of lieutenant,[4] with him obtaining the rank permanently in March 1915,[5] which was antedated to January 1915.[6] In July 1915, he was promoted to the temporary rank of captain,[7] with this rank being relinquished in July 1916.[8] He was awarded the Military Cross in the 1916 Birthday Honours.[9] He took part in the Battle of the Somme from July–November 1916, playing a key role in helping to reorganise the 2nd battalion after heavy losses during the battles first day.[10] He later obtained the rank of captain permanently in February 1917.[11]

Post-war first-class cricketEdit

Following the war, Gregson-Ellis made his debut for Berkshire in minor counties cricket in 1920, with Gregson-Ellis making fifteen appearances in the Minor Counties Championship between 1920–1923.[12] He was made an adjutant in July 1922,[13] with him ceasing to be an adjutant in July 1925.[14] While stationed in British India, he made his debut in first-class cricket for the Europeans against the Sikhs at Lahore in the 1925/26 Lahore Tournament.[15] He made three further first-class appearances for the Europeans, playing in the final of the 1925/26 tournament against the Muslims cricket team, before making two appearances against the Parsees and the Hindus in the 1926/27 Bombay Quadrangular.[15] He scored 116 runs across his four first-class matches, with a top score of 45.[16] He retired from military service in January 1931 and ceased to belong to the reserve of officers having reached the age limit for liability to be recalled.[17] He returned to service in World War Two with the Royal Berkshire Regiment and was promoted to the rank of brevet major in April 1940.[18] He once again retired from service following the war, whereby he was made an honorary lieutenant colonel in May 1946.[19] He died in hospital at Banbury, Oxfordshire in August 1969.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Profile: George Saxon Llewellyn Gregson-Ellis". www.thepeerage.com. http://thepeerage.com/p57246.htm#i572459. Retrieved 2019-02-05. 
  2. (in en) Charterhouse register, 1872-1910. 2nd volume. Charterhouse School. 1911. p. 867. https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Charterhouse_register_1872_1910.html?id=gtbOAAAAMAAJ&redir_esc=y. 
  3. The London Gazette: no. 28867. p. 6304. 11 August 1914.
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29001. p. 10558. 9 December 1914.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 29119. p. 3342. 6 April 1915.
  6. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29176. p. 5198. 28 May 1915.
  7. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29226. p. 6811. 9 July 1915.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 29804. p. 10423. 27 October 1916.
  9. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29608. p. 5556. 2 June 1916.
  10. Loraine Petre, Francis (in en). The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) 49th Foot. 66th Foot: 1914-1918. The Barracks. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=b9GgAAAAMAAJ&q. 
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30044. p. 4167. 1 May 1917.
  12. "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Guy Gregson-Ellis". CricketArchive. http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/13/13568/Minor_Counties_Championship_Matches.html. Retrieved 2019-02-06. 
  13. The London Gazette: no. 32737. p. 5963. 11 August 1922.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 33074. p. 5363. 11 August 1925.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "First-Class Matches played by Guy Gregson-Ellis". CricketArchive. http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/13/13568/First-Class_Matches.html. Retrieved 2019-02-06. 
  16. "First-class Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Guy Gregson-Ellis". CricketArchive. http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/13/13568/f_Batting_by_Team.html. Retrieved 2019-02-06. 
  17. The London Gazette: no. 33676. p. 60. 2 January 1931.
  18. The London Gazette: no. 34861. p. 3258. 28 May 1940.
  19. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 37552. p. 2122. 30 April 1946.
  20. "Wisden - Obituaries in 1969". ESPNcricinfo. http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/228449.html. Retrieved 2019-02-06. 

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