Alban Arnold

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Alban Arnold
Personal information
Full nameAlban Charles Philias Arnold
Born(1892-11-19)19 November 1892
Tattenhall, Cheshire, England
Died7 July 1916(1916-07-07) (aged 23)
Ovillers-la-Boisselle, Somme, France
Domestic team information
1912–1914Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 22
Runs scored 836
Batting average 25.33
100s/50s –/7
Top score 89
Balls bowled 6
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 13/2
Source: Cricinfo, 24 December 2009

Alban Charles Philias Arnold (19 November 1892 – 7 July 1916) was an English first-class cricketer. Arnold was a right-handed batsman who played primarily as a wicketkeeper.

Arnold was a son of the Reverend Charles Lowther Arnold, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Fareham. He was educated at Twyford School and Malvern College, then went up to Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1911.[1] He made his first-class debut for Cambridge University in 1912 against the touring South Africans. That same year Arnold made his County Championship debut for Hampshire against Surrey. Arnold represented Hampshire four times in the 1912 season, and in 1913 Arnold played a single first-class match for Hampshire against Cambridge University.

In the 1914 English cricket season Arnold represented both Hampshire and Cambridge University. While playing for Cambridge University in a match against the Marylebone Cricket Club, Arnold made his highest career score of 89. In the 1914 County Championship Arnold played a number of good innings for Hampshire in the County Championship, making scores of 54 against Kent, 69 against Lancashire, 76 against Somerset and 51 against Warwickshire.

Arnold's first-class career came to an end with the outbreak of the First World War. Arnold was commissioned in the British Army with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers. Arnold was killed in action on 7 July 1916 at Ovillers-la-Boisselle in northern France during the Battle of the Somme.[2] He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.[3]

Wisden remarked on Arnold's promise by concluding: "He would probably have developed into a cricketer of very high class."


  1. ^ McCrery, Nigel (2015). Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War. Pen and Sword. p. 221. ISBN 9781473864191.
  2. ^ "Cricketers who died in World War 1 — Part 1 of 5". Cricket Country. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  3. ^ CWGC entry

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