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Edward Turk Benson

 
 
 

Cliftons Edward Turk Benson. Born 20th November 1907, Tredegarville, Cardiff. Educated at Blundell's School and Merton College, Oxford. He went on to have a trial with England. He was an Oxford Rugby Blue in 1928. He was also a cricket blue at Oxford playing in the 1928 and 1929 Varsity cricket matches as a wicket keeper. He also played for Gentlemen v Players in 1929, and for Gloucestershire at cricket. He toured New Zealand in 1929 with A.H.A.Gilligan's team, but did not play in tests.

Above Merton College, Oxford.

Above Oxford and Cambrige University XVs of 1928.

Above close-up of Edward Benson from the 1928 Oxford XV photos.

Above the 1928 Oxford XV with Edward Benson on the ground extreme left.

Above Oxford, with Clifton’s Edward Benson, and Cambridge line up for the National Anthem during the 1928 Varsity match at Twickenham.

Above programme cover and teamsheet from the 1928 Oxford v Cambridge match with Clifton RFCs Edward Turk Benson

FIRST-CLASS (1929 - 1931) Edward Turk Benson

 

M

I

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

100

50

Ct

St

Batting & Fielding

38

55

14

520

42

12.68

0

0

49

12

 

Balls

M

R

W

Ave

BBI

5

10

SR

Econ

Bowling

6

1

0

0

-

-

0

0

-

0.00

Above crickets statistics for Edward Turk Benson. Amazingly for a Wicket-keeper he bowled 1 over in a first-class match and it was a maiden.

Above original scorecard from the 1928 Varsity Cricket match with Cliftons Edward Benson.

Above Edward Benson from the Isis 28th November 1928. In Oxford University Cricket Clothes.

Above close-up from of Edward Benson from the 1927-28 Clifton 4 XVs at Clifton College.

He served in World War II as a Colonel in the Royal Artillery and spent some time in India.

In about 1950 he joined the Prudential Assurance Co. in South Africa and from about 1957 was their branch manager in Cape Town. He retired in 1966 on account of ill health.

He died on 11th September 1967 in Newlands, Cape Town.