Francis Roberts (cricketer)

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Captain Francis Bernard Roberts (20 May 1882 – 8 February 1916)[1] was an English cricketer and member of the British Armed Forces who was killed in World War I. A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler whose brother Arthur also played first class cricket, Roberts was born in Nasik in India and played for Cambridge University and Gloucestershire,[2] minor county cricket for Oxfordshire and for his alma mater Magdalen College School, Oxford[1] (1894-1898) and Rossall School (1898-1901).[3] Roberts' first class career spanned 1903 to 1914 on the outbreak of World War I, across eighty matches where he scored 2,566 runs at a batting average of 20.36 with five centuries and a best of 157. With the ball he took 88 wickets.[4]

A graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge,[5] he served during the First World War as a captain in the 9th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. He was killed in February 1916 in Belgium aged thirty-three.[6]


  1. ^ a b Bebbington, David. (2014). Mister Brownrigg's Boys: Magdalen College School and The Great War. London: Pen and Sword Books.
  2. ^ "Player Profile: Francis Roberts". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Teams Played For". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Player Profile: Francis Roberts". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "About Jesus College > Old Library & Archives > Exhibitions > First World War". Cambridge University. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Francis Bernard Roberts". Commonwealth Graves Commission. Retrieved 21 June 2014.