Fear of Infection

The Other Sutcliffes

Cricketer’s Son “Convalescing”

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

PUDSEY, Tuesday

Billy Sutcliffe, aged six, of Pudsey, has two heroes – his father, Mr. Herbert Sutcliffe, who is busy making Test match records in Australia, and his doctor.

The doctor is a hero because he was asked to provide nice medicine – and he did – thereby achieving a record in his own way.

Billy went to bed one day last week with mumps. He got up next day, but he has had to be isolated for three weeks. To-night, Mrs Sutcliffe told me that he was”very, very much better,” and added that he had been playing about all over the house during the day.

One of the disadvantages of the position is that Billy’s sister, Barbara, aged 8, has not been allowed to stay at home for fear of infection. She is staying with her grandmother, and is expecting to go home in a fortnight’s time.

“A Good Patient”

Mrs Sutcliffe said that Billy was a very good patient, by which she meant that he was taking a very healthy interest in life. This patient does not calmly do everything he is told but careers all over the place in high glee.

Troubles in this home come only to be conquered. Mrs Sutcliffe herself has been bothered with toothache the last few days, but yesterday she took her courage in both hands and went to the dentist. The offending tooth was removed and now, I suppose, the dentist, too, is a hero.

At least Mrs Sutcliffe told me she was feeling quite fit again, and was able to laugh very cheerfully. But they have no time to think of trouble in Pudsey. It is all they can do to keep up with Herbert’s latest feats.

Leeds Mercury, 7 December 1932

I found Herbert’s father on the FamilySearch Shared Tree today. William, the youngest child of George, a woolen cloth weaver, and Mary, is with seven siblings – and there are three more to be added. He awaits his betrothal to Jane Elizabeth BELL and the creation of a cricketing superstar.

The Sutcliffe line goes back to a Richard Sutcliffe born 1632 in Heptonstall. Elsewhere there are several generations of Gibsons that take Herbert’s pedigree a hundred years further back in time, but several data issues are flagged – of the annoying “born after marriage” variety.

Meanwhile, rona fear is rising. Europe is particularly frightened of the Made in Britain mutant strain of Sars-Cov-2 that is supposedly 70% more transmissible than the CCP original. They wish.

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Two Yorkshire Cricketers…

…with Filey connections.

In the summer of 1888, Ernest CREIGHTON played four games in two weeks for his home county. A slow left-arm orthodox bowler and lower order batsman, his figures were reasonable but he clearly wasn’t good enough for Yorkshire and he returned to Todmorden, his club at that time.

His father Edwin (some records have “Edward”) was a successful builder and Ernest followed him into the trade. In the 1881 census he is living with his parents and older brother Richard in Hemsworth, aged 21 and described as a Mason (journeyman). He is still under his parents’ roof ten years later but is now a “Professional Cricketer”. He married Mary HILL  in Hemsworth towards the end of 1896 and in 1901 they were living in Scarborough with infant son John and Mary’s widowed mother, Harriet. Ernest is still a Professional Cricketer at 42. He died aged 71 in Mountfields Nursing Home, Leeds but, it seems, was brought to Filey for burial. It is his grave that has been misplaced on Google Maps Satellite View (Friday’s post).

Ernest’s effects would be worth about £725,000 today.

His representation on the FamilySearch Shared Tree is not so rich.

Herbert SUTCLIFFE was an opening batsman and right-arm medium bowler for Yorkshire, playing 754 1st Class matches between 1919 and 1945. With Jack Hobbs he formed the “greatest opening pair in the history of Test cricket”.

Brief biographies of Herbert are easy to locate online but I could not find one that mentioned him living in retirement in Filey. I found the evidence for his sojourn here in an unlikely place.

I loved Filey which was a little seaside town. One day walking along the promenade I saw a loose boxer dog. I had seen a dapper old gentleman walking two of them on many occasions and I had seen where he lived. I caught the dog and used my whistle lanyard as a lead. I knocked on the door and got a real shock! It was the great England and Yorkshire opening bat, Herbert Sutcliffe. He invited me in and I spent a wonderful half hour talking to him with a cup of tea while he sipped his scotch Next day on 4 to 12 shift the sergeant told me the chief inspector wanted to see me. I thought, ‘what now?”

He told me that Mr Herbert Sutcliffe had called him about the dog and wished to say what a caring and observant constable I was…

My Life by David Garland

Herbert lived in an apartment in Belle Vue Street, above what is now CoCo.

I am still looking for Herbert’s family on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. He married Emily PEASE in North Bierley in 1921 and the couple had two children. Their daughter, Barbara, became a teacher, married Albert WILCOCK in 1948, and when she retired was given an appreciative write-up in the Craven Herald & Pioneer.

Townscape 63 · Scarborough

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