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John Edmund Valentine Isaac (14 February 1880 – 9 May 1915), DSO, was an English cricketer: a right-handed batsmen who played ten first-class matches in South Africa and England between 1906 and 1908. He was born at Powick Court, Worcestershire.
Isaac's first-class debut came for the South Africa Army cricket team in the only match of that standard they ever played, when they met MCC at Thara Tswane, Pretoria in January 1906. The MCC side were far too strong for their opponents and won by an innings, Isaac making 0 and 8. This match was chiefly notable for Schofield Haigh's feat of taking four wickets in as many balls in the Army's second innings.
In 1906-07 he played four times for Orange Free State in the Currie Cup, though his highest score was only 34 not out. Curiously, in Isaac's eight visits to the crease he was four times out bowled to a man who would take six or more wickets in that innings (JJ Kotze 8-57, RO Schwarz 7-25, AEE Vogler 6-34 & 8-24).
Attached to the 2nd battalion, Rifle Brigade, Captain Isaac was killed in action in World War I, at Fromelles, France at the age of 35 during the northern attack of the Battle of Aubers Ridge, 9 May 1915 . Initially posted as missing, his body was recovered in April 1921 and identified by the medal ribbons. He was subsequently reburied at New Irish Farm Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
- South Africa Army v Marylebone Cricket Club in 1905/06, CricketArchive. Retrieved 29 April 2006.
- Casualty Details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 9 January 2011.