Cecil Abercrombie

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Cecil Abercrombie
Personal information
Full name Cecil Halliday Abercrombie
Born (1886-04-12)12 April 1886
Mozufferpore, India
Died 31 May 1916(1916-05-31) (aged 30)
at sea, aboard HMS Defence
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Domestic team information
Years Team
1913 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 16
Runs scored 1,126
Batting average 40.21
100s/50s 4/2
Top score 165
Balls bowled 551
Wickets 8
Bowling average 41.12
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 3/27
Catches/stumpings 11/–
Source: CricketArchive, 1 January 2010
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Forward
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
United Services Portsmouth
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1908-1909[1] Scotland 6 3

Cecil Halliday Abercrombie (12 April 1886 – 31 May 1916) was a Scottish rugby union player[2] and an English first-class cricketer.


Born on 12 April 1886 in Mozufferpore, India,[2] son of an officer in the Indian Police, Abercrombie died serving in World War I as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy on 31 May 1916 at sea during the Battle of Jutland while serving on HMS Defence which was sunk during the battle after a huge explosion with all hands. He is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.[2][3][4]

Rugby union[edit]

Cecil Abercrombie played for United Services RFC and was capped six times for Scotland in 1910-13.[2][4]

He scored a try in the 1911 game against France.[2]


A right-handed batsman and right arm medium pacer, he scored 4 centuries in just 16 matches with a highest score of 165 against Essex. He played for Hampshire County Cricket Club in 1913, averaging over 40 and winning his county cap. He also played for the Army and Navy in 1910 and the Royal Navy in 1912 and 1913.

See also[edit]


  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Scotland Rugby Miscellany (Vision Sports Publishing Ltd, 2007 ISBN 1-905326-24-6)
  1. ^ profile at scrum.com
  2. ^ a b c d e Player profile at scrum.com. Retrieved 23 February 2010
  3. ^ CWGC entry
  4. ^ a b Bath, p109

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