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Fairfax Gill

October 10 2017 at 7:44 AM
irwin grimshaw  (Login irwingrimshaw)

Just to let White Rose Forum posters know

A tribute to Fairfax Gill, who played twice for Yorkshire in 1906 and died of his wounds in France on November 1st 1917, will take place exactly a hundred years after his death. A group of Yorkshire supporters are meeting up with one of Fairfax's great nephews, Don Gill from Tickhill, at Headingley at 9 am on Wednesday November 1st to view the Yorkshire CCC War Memorial plaque which includes his name, before going on to Wakefield, Fairfax's hometown, to visit the church of St. Andrew and St.Mary, near to his final home at Marsland Terrace, where they will leave white roses at the war memorial which features the name F. Gill. Then it is on to Ossett CC where Fairfax was the respected and popular professional prior to the Great War.

Anyone who is interested in joining the group please contact either Brian Sanderson (Yorkshire Cricket Archives) at loiner1947@gmail.com or Michael Pulford (Northern Cricket Society) michaelpulford@yahoo.co.uk

This message has been edited by irwingrimshaw on Oct 10, 2017 8:33 AM

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(Login Blackpooltyke)

Re: Fairfax Gill

October 10 2017, 10:23 AM 

as a matter of interest why did he only play twice?

what was he doing between 1906 and 1914?

(Login garywilson2)

Re: Fairfax Gill

October 10 2017, 1:10 PM 

I imagine as we had a very strong side he could not get in . They did not seem to have problems with the ECB stealing the best players in those days happy.gif

irwin grimshaw
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Re: Fairfax Gill

October 10 2017, 2:17 PM 

Fairfax played for Wakefield, Paddock and Ossett. He made a number of appearances for Yorkshire 2nds but did not make many runs in his two games for the first team.

According to Brian Sanderson's article on him in this year's Northern Cricket Society booklet,
" It is not known if Yorkshire were going to offer him any more opportunities but the ‘Yorkshire Post’ reported that he could not play again for them that season because of work commitments, stating, “Fairfax Gill…will not be able, owing to the claims of his ordinary duties, to play in any but club matches for the remainder of the season”. In fact it was thought Fairfax preferred the security of working at the West Riding Registry of Deeds at Wakefield rather the uncertainty of county cricket. "

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irwin grimshaw
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Re: Fairfax Gill

October 10 2017, 2:18 PM 

and Brian further wrote

"...he was also popular with both players and spectators around the club grounds as he had a very genial disposition. He was featured along with a photograph in the ‘Yorkshire Evening Post’ in the summer of 1913 after scoring a century for Ossett against Chickenley, the innings being described as, “…the twelfth big figure which he has placed to his credit in Yorkshire Council matches”.

His service in the war was as Gunner Gill in the 21st Trench Mortar Battery of the Royal Field Artillery.
In late October 1917 his family received a telegram from the Records Office at Woolwich, stating Fairfax was, "Lying dangerously ill in a hospital at Boulogne, suffering from a gunshot wound in the head". Anxious enquiries were made about his condition and hopes were expressed that he might recover. However, Fairfax did not pull through and he died of his wounds on 1st November at the age of 34, leaving behind a grieving mother and father, a distraught wife, Ada, and their one child, two year old Brenda. He was buried in the Wimereux Cemetery near Boulogne. The ‘Wakefield Express; described Fairfax as “a true sportsman”.

There was immediately further grief for the Gill family for the ‘Wakefield Express’ of Saturday 10th November, which carried the news of Fairfax's death, also contained the headline "Fred Gill Missing". Cousin Fred, who was also a Gunner, was to be reported ‘Killed in Action’ and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing in Belgium."

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