The Real Jeeves: The Cricketer Who Gave His Life for His Country and His Name to a Legend

The actual Jeeves tells the tale of a tender cricketer whose excellent existence used to be snuffed out, yet whose identify will reside ceaselessly. Plucked from country-house cricket, all-rounder Percy Jeeves used to be to outshine the Golden Age's greats over seasons with Warwickshire, fresh bowling Jack Hobbs, hitting Wilfred Rhodes for 6, and outclassing England captain Plum Warner. In September 1914, Jeeves bowled Warwickshire to victory over champions Surrey. It used to be his fiftieth first class match—and his final. The actual Jeeves strains Percy's lifestyles from idyllic early life through county cricket into the nightmare of conflict. Excerpts from battalion diaries element the horrors of the Western entrance, and finally his loss of life at the Somme. but Percy Jeeves' identify lived on due to P. G. Wodehouse, who observed him play at Cheltenham in 1913 and used to be so inspired he famous the identify for a personality who shared the modest Yorkshireman's immaculate behavior and visual appeal.

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The house part declared their innings closed at 205 for seven wickets, after which disregarded their competitors for the small rating of 24. Jeeves (108), J. E. Osborne (50) and Crallan (29 now not out) made the runs for Hawes, and the Nomads fell prior to Jeeves (four wickets for 6 runs) and Crallan (six wickets for 18 runs). In appreciation of Jeeves’s innings the sum of 30s was once awarded to him by means of the avid gamers and spectators. ” Jeeves up one century with one other, 109 as a visitor for Bedale opposed to York Trinity.

Jeeves took 16-8-25-5 and 14-4-33-1 in a nine-wicket win. because the first staff, watched by way of crowds of greater than 10,000, charged in the direction of the championship, on 22 and 23 August got here an opportunity for Jeeves to polish within the annual Amateurs v pros two-day fit at Edgbaston. The amateurs have been led by way of Foster and integrated proficient batsman Reginald Pridmore (who had performed hockey for England on the 1908 Olympics) and promising childrens Eric Crockford and Horace Venn. the pros, between whom Jeeves covered up, consisted of the nucleus of the 1st XI – professional batsmen Septimus Kinneir, Billy Quaife and Crowther Charlesworth, wicketkeeper Tiger Smith, quick bowler Frank box and medium-pacer Sydney Santall.

Jeffery and Sergeant L. H. Lillis. Jeeves used to be already enterprise buddies with the brothers who had made him so welcome after he arrived from Yorkshire 4 years past. He was once quickly to additionally develop into very with reference to a tender guy from B corporation: deepest 313 Bridgman. Charlie Bridgman used to be serving an apprenticeship on the Austin motor works while he responded Kitchener’s name. He enjoyed his cricket and used to be a able wicketkeeper so, whilst a regimental cricket crew used to be shaped, he took the gloves – and located himself maintaining to 1 of the simplest bowlers within the nation.

Underneath used to be the subsequent file: “It is with deep remorse that we have got to announce the demise of personal Percy Jeeves, son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Jeeves of Manuel road, Goole. “He was once famous in Goole as a super cricketer; he previously performed within the Goole city staff, and later with Warwickshire county who, on one celebration, gave him a profit. At one time he used to be a favorite member of Swinefleet soccer membership. “He used to be previously hired as a clerk via Messrs H. Williamson & Co, retailers. “Edwin Jeeves, one of many oldest guards within the provider of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway corporation, has been at the Haxey direction for a few years.

A small, based city within the Ure valley in Wensleydale, Hawes was once a magnet for walkers whereas its indigenous humans more often than not farmed (the city used to be the house of Wensleydale cheese) or labored within the turbines. like several self-respecting Yorkshire city or village, it had a cricket box – and it was once a satisfaction. Hawes Cricket membership nestled beside the river, ignored by way of the rolling slopes of Abbotside universal. It used to be a heavenly position to play England’s summer time activity. So it may were – it used to be purpose-built by way of order of a cricket enthusiast.

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