Eric Buller

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Eric Buller
Personal information
Full name Eric Tremayne Buller
Born (1894-01-03)3 January 1894
Highworth, Wiltshire, England
Died 8 August 1973(1973-08-08) (aged 79)
Bath, Somerset, England
Nickname Eric Tremayne Buller-Leybourne-Popham
Relations Francis Popham (grandfather)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1924–1931 Devon
1919 Army
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 1
Runs scored 58
Batting average 46.00
100s/50s –/–
Top score 58
Balls bowled 66
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings –/–
Source: Cricinfo, 18 March 2011

Major Eric Tremayne Buller M.C. (3 January 1894 – 8 August 1973) was an English cricketer and decorated British Army officer.

Early life and military career[edit]

Born in Highworth, Wiltshire, he was educated at Harrow School, where he represented the school cricket team.[1] In the First World War, Buller served in the initially Devonshire Regiment. In May 1915, he was listed in the London Gazette as having attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, passing out to be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.[2] In the January 1917 Supplement to the London Gazette, Buller was listed as being promoted to temporary Lieutenant from the rank of 2nd Lieutenant that he held, this time in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.[3] During the course of the Great War he was awarded the Military Cross. He later served in the 2nd Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry as part of the British Rhine Army occupying the Rhineland. He eventually retired from the Army at some point prior to the Second World War, holding the rank of Major.

Cricket career[edit]

Buller made his only first-class appearance following the war for the Army against the Cambridge University at Fenner's in 1919.[4] In this match he scored 46 runs in the Army first-innings, before being dismissed by Arthur Gilligan. In their second-innings he scored an unbeaten 12 runs. With the ball he claimed 11 wicket-less overs.[5] Buller played for the British Rhine Army, the occupying British force in Rhine Land, in 1922 against the Marylebone Cricket Club at Cologne.[6] In 1924, he made his Minor Counties Championship debut for Devon against the Surrey Second XI. He represented Devon until 1926, and returned in 1931 to play a single match against Cornwall.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On 22 July 1922 he married Dorothy Bridget Tyrwhitt-Drake,[8] with whom he had three children including one daughter, Tresilla Ann Elinor Buller Leyborne Popham who married 1954 Lt.-Col. Sir John Charles Arthur Digby Lawson, 3rd Bt (1912–2001), and had issue, the 4th Baronet.[9] He changed his name to Eric Tremayne Buller Leyborne Popham on 15 October 1943.[10] At some point in his life he lived in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire. He died in Bath, Somerset on 8 August 1973. His grandfather, Francis Leyborne Popham played first-class cricket for Oxford University and the Gentlemen of Kent.


  1. ^ "Teams Eric Buller played for". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29159. p. 4539. 11 May 1915.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29866. p. 31. 1 January 1917.
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Eric Buller". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cambridge University v Army, 1919". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rhine Army v Marylebone Cricket Club, 1922". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Eric Buller". CricketArchive. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Stratton Genealogy". Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Tresilla Ann Elinor Buller-Leyborne-Popham. She may be the same Tresilla Buller Leyborne Popham who married in 1948 another man and had a daughter by him.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 36220. p. 4694. 22 October 1943.

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