|Full name||Mervyn Robert Howard Molyneux Herbert|
27 December 1882|
Highclere Castle, Hampshire, England
|Died||26 May 1929
|Relations||Henry Howard (grandfather)|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||1 May 1901 Nottinghamshire v MCC|
|Last First-class||30 May 1924 Somerset v Cambridge University|
|Source: CricketArchive, 19 June 2010|
The Honourable Mervyn Robert Howard Molyneux Herbert (27 December 1882 – 26 May 1929) was a career diplomat and a first-class cricket player. He was born at Highclere Castle, Hampshire and he died at the British Embassy, Rome.
Family and education
Herbert was the third son of Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, the full brother of the writer and politician Aubrey Herbert and the half-brother of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who financed the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb. He married Mary Elizabeth Willard, daughter of Joseph E. Willard, the US ambassador to Spain, in 1921 and had three children. His wife's older sister married Kermit Roosevelt, son of the former US president Theodore.
Herbert was a right-handed middle-order batsman. He played for Eton in the 1901 Eton v Harrow cricket match at Lord's, and in a house match at Eton that season he and George Lyttelton put on 476 for the second wicket, both scoring double centuries. In the same year, he made the first of six appearances in first-class cricket for Nottinghamshire, starting off with an innings of 65 in a match against the MCC at Lord's.
Though Herbert played occasional matches for Oxford University he was not selected as a blue, and from 1903 most of his first-class cricket was for Somerset. Only in 1909 was he able to play at all regularly and in that season he made his highest first-class score, 78, in the match against Middlesex at Lord's. He also played an innings of 55 in 1909, batting at No 9 and sharing an eighth wicket partnership of 125 with Talbot Lewis that enabled Somerset to save the match against Kent, the 1909 County Champions, after following on. He did not play at all after 1912 until he reappeared in one match in each of the 1922, 1923 and 1924 seasons.
Herbert was appointed as an attache in the Foreign Office in 1907. He became a third secretary in the Diplomatic Service in 1910. In 1916 he was further promoted to become a second secretary. And then in 1919 he became a first secretary. He served in embassies and delegations in Rome, Lisbon, Madrid and Cairo, and was first secretary in Madrid up to 1922, returning to a Whitehall job in the Foreign Office between 1924 and 1926. He was reported in the New York Times as having died at the British Embassy in Rome of "malarial pneumonia". The Times of London reported that he was passing through Rome on his way home from Albania, where his family had extensive interests, and caught malaria that turned to pneumonia.
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- The London Gazette: . 1 October 1907. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 12 April 1910. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 14 November 1916. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- The London Gazette: . 18 November 1919. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
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- Abstract only referenced: full text available for a fee. "Mervyn Herbert, Diplomat, is Dead". New York Times. 28 May 1929. p. 25. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
- "Obituaries: Mr Mervyn Herbert". The Times (45213) (London). 27 May 1929. p. 16.