Sir Thomas Halsey, 3rd Baronet

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Sir Thomas Halsey, Bt
Personal information
Full name Thomas Edgar Halsey
Born (1898-11-28)28 November 1898
South Mimms, Hertfordshire, England
Died 30 August 1970(1970-08-30) (aged 71)
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Batsman
Domestic team information
Years Team
1920–1928 Royal Navy
1920 Cambridge University
First-class debut 20 May 1920 Royal Navy v Cambridge University
Last First-class 25 August 1928 Royal Navy v Royal Air Force
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 12
Runs scored 685
Batting average 38.05
100s/50s 1/4
Top score 102*
Balls bowled 565
Wickets 7
Bowling average 55.42
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 2/78
Catches/stumpings 5/0
Source: CricketArchive, 7 June 2008

Sir Thomas Edgar Halsey, 3rd Baronet DSO (28 November 1898 – 30 August 1970) was an English cricketer,[1] naval officer (1916–1946), and Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire.[1]

A right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler, he played first-class cricket between 1920 and 1928[2] and also represented the Egypt national cricket team.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in South Mimms in 1898, Halsey was the elder son of Sir Walter Halsey, 2nd Baronet, and his wife Agnes Marion, the daughter of William Macalpine Leny.[4] He was educated at Eton College and Cambridge. He was already a lieutenant in the Royal Navy when he went up to Cambridge.[5]


Halsey was a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler.

He played cricket for Eton in 1915 and 1916, but it was for the Royal Navy cricket team that he made his first-class debut, playing against his university side during the 1920 English cricket season.[6]

He played twice for the university cricket team in 1920, but did not gain his blue. The rest of his first-class matches were all for the Royal Navy, mostly against the British Army cricket team, though there were also matches against the RAF and New Zealand.[6]

He began to play minor counties cricket for Hertfordshire in 1921, continuing to play for them until 1932,[3] a year in which he played for the Navy against a combined South America team. In 1936, he played for Egypt against HM Martineau's XI,[7] captaining the side and scoring a century in the first innings.[3][8]

Naval officer[edit]

Captain Sir Thomas Edgar Halsey
The Royal Navy during the Second World War A18525.jpg
Thomas Halsey (right)
Born 28 Nov 1898
South Mimms, Herts
Died 30 Aug 1970
Hemel Hempstead, Herts
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service 1916–1946
Rank Captain
Commands held HMS Boadicea, HMS Malcolm, HMS Badger (RN base, Harwich), Naval Officer-in-Charge, Isle of Man, HMS King George V, RNAS Lee-on-Solent (HMS Daedalus)
Battles/wars World War I, World War II, Dunkirk
Awards Naval GSM;[9] DSO; 39–45, Atlantic, and Europe stars; Defence & War medals; Mentioned in Despatches[10]
Other work DL 1948, JP 1950, CC 1953, and Vice-Lieut. Herts. 1957–1970

He was appointed a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) on 7 June 1940 "for good services in the withdrawal of the Allied Armies from the beaches at Dunkirk".[14]

County officer[edit]

Halsey retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain in 1946,[2][5] and went on to serve as Deputy Lieutenant for Herts from 1948, a JP from 1950, County Councillor from 1953, and Vice-Lieutenant for Herts from 1957 until his death at Hemel Hempstead in 1970.[9][10]

Marriage and children[edit]

Halsey married Jean Margaret Palmer, daughter of Bertram Brooke, onetime Tuan Muda of Sarawak, and through him, granddaughter of the second White Rajah of Sarawak, Charles Brooke. They had one son (the 4th Baronet) and two daughters.[9]

At the time of his death, Halsey's address was given in Who's Who as The Golden Parsonage, Hemel Hempstead, Herts.[4]

See also[edit]

Halsey Baronets


  1. ^ a b "Cricinfo profile". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "CricketArchive profile". 30 August 1970. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Teams played for by Thomas Halsey at CricketArchive
  4. ^ a b HALSEY, Captain Sir Thomas Edgar in Who Was Who 1897–2007 online, accessed 8 June 2008.
  5. ^ a b Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1971, Obituaries
  6. ^ a b First-class matches played by Thomas Halsey at CricketArchive
  7. ^ Other matches played by Thomas Halsey at CricketArchive
  8. ^ Scorecard of Egypt v HM Martineau's XI, 23 April 1936 at CricketArchive
  9. ^ a b c "Royal Ark". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n J.N. Houterman. "(Halsey)". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "– HMS Malcolm (D19)". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  12. ^ J.N. Houterman. "". Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "– HMS King George V (41)". 20 January 1958. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "No. 34867". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 June 1940. p. 3500. 
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Walter Halsey
(of Gaddesdon, Hertfordshire)
2 Sep 1950 – 30 Aug 1970
Succeeded by
John Halsey