Francis Arkwright (cricketer)

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Francis Arkwright
Personal information
Full name Francis Godfrey Bertram Arkwright
Born (1905-01-30)30 January 1905
Bromley, Kent, England
Died 1 July 1942(1942-07-01) (aged 37)
Acroma, Al Butnan District, Libya
Batting Right-handed
Relations Francis Arkwright (grandfather's brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
1925 Army
1923 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 4
Runs scored 67
Batting average 9.57
100s/50s –/–
Top score 23
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 December 2009

Francis Godfrey Bertram Arkwright (30 January 1905 – 1 July 1942) was an English first-class cricketer. Arkwright was a right-handed batsman.


Arkwright was the son of Bertram Harry Godfrey Arkwright (1879–1949) and his wife Grace Emma Julia Arkwright (née Hurt) (c.1875–1950).[1] His grandfather was the Reverend William Harry Arkwright, the older brother of the politician Francis Arkwright (1846–1915).[2]

Cricket career[edit]

Arkwright played in four first-class matches, representing Hampshire in three of those during the 1923 County Championship season. He made his first-class debut for the club against Lancashire, playing two further games that season for the club against Yorkshire, with his final match for Hampshire coming against Lancashire.

Arkwright played one further first-class match in 1925 for the Army against Cambridge University.

War service[edit]

In the early 1930s, Arkwright was stationed in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, commanding the No. 1 Motor Machine Gun Battery of the Sudan Defence Force, with the rank of Bimbashi (equivalent of captain). The most notable feat of the unit was the occupation of Ain Murr at the very remote Jebel Uweinat in the winter-spring of 1934, during the Sarra Dispute with Italy.

Arkwright fought in the Second World War, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was killed in action on 1 July 1942, during the North African Campaign at Acroma in Libya.


  1. ^ "The Kemble Genealogy Page". Clive & Suzanne Astley. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Williamson, Ashley (2008). "R.W. Francis Arkwright P.Dist.GM". Marton, New Zealand: Freemasons New Zealand. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 

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