Ralph Mortimer

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Not to be confused with Ralph de Mortimer.

Sir Ralph George Elphinstone Mortimer (7 July 1869 – 3 May 1955) was an English landowner and public servant who had a fleeting career as a first-class cricketer.[1] He was a right-handed batsman who played for Lancashire. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland and died in Milbourne Hall, near Ponteland, Northumberland.

As a cricketer, Mortimer made just one first-class appearance for Lancashire, in a University match against Oxford University in 1891. In the only innings in which he batted, he scored 22 not out.[2] But he remained a player at a lower level and, representing Northumberland, he played in the Minor Counties Championship from 1896 to 1906; he later served as president and chairman of the cricket club.[3]

Mortimer studied at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1891, he inherited Milbourne Hall from a maternal relative and thereafter was occupied with good works in the Northumberland area.[3] He was involved from early days with the Boy Scout movement and was chairman or vice-chairman of Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary for 36 years; at the age of 72, The Times reported in his obituary, he was involved in more than 50 local committees.[3] He was awarded the OBE in 1920 and knighted in 1934.[3]

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  1. ^ "Ralph Mortimer". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Scorecard: Oxford University v Lancashire". www.cricketarchive.com. 11 May 1891. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Obituary: Sir Ralph Mortimer". The Times (53212). London. 5 May 1955. p. 12. 

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