Hon. Frederick Somerset Gough-Calthorpe

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Hon. Frederick Somerset Gough-Calthorpe (1892-1935)

Cricketer – MCC Captain – Royal Naval Air Serviceman

The Hon. Frederick Somerset Gough-Calthorpe’s ashes are buried in plot 28 (grave 21087) of the Anglican Section in Brookwood Cemetery. He had died at his home, The Home Green, Worplesdon Hill, Woking on 19 November 1935, at the age of 43. His cremation took place at St John’s Crematorium.

Frederick was born on 27 May 1892 in Kensington, the only child of Captain Hon. Somerset Frederick Gough-Calthorpe, 8th Baron Calthorpe (1862-1940) and his wife, Mary Burrows (1867-1940). Frederick was also the nephew of the Admiral of the Fleet, Hon. Sir Somerset Gough-Calthorpe.

In 1901 the family was living in Clayton, Sussex. Educated at Repton and Jesus College, Cambridge, Frederick first became a Cambridge Cricket Blue as a Freshman in 1912. He played against Oxford again in 1913 and again in 1914. Prior to the Great War he played cricket for Sussex.

During the Great War he initially served in the Staffordshire Yeomanry as a Lieutenant and transferred across to the Royal Naval Air Service. On 1 April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service combined to form the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Frederick stayed in the RAF until he was demobilised and returned to Cambridge and cricket, playing against Oxford at Lord’s.

After the war Frederick played for Warwickshire (1919-1930) for whom he was captain. His best year was 1925 when he scored 1,404 runs with an average of 34.24 and in that year he played for the Gentlemen against the Players at Lord’s. He was a lively medium-paced bowler and batsman. During the course of his career, which lasted 24 years, he scored 1000 runs in one season on five separate occasions and in 1920 he took 100 wickets. His total number of runs was 12,598 and he took 219 catches.

After marrying Rose Mary Dorothy Vernon-Harcourt (1900-1985) at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge on 5 September 1922 and spending their honeymoon in Cornwall, he left to tour Australia and New Zealand with A C Maclaren’s team (1922-3). He also captained the MCC in the West Indies in 1925-6 and 1929-30.

He also enjoyed playing golf, which was probably why he came to live in Woking, to be beside so many golf courses and live in a house named “The Home Green”.

Frederick and his wife, known as Dorothy, had two sons, both of whom are buried in Brookwood Cemetery, in the same plot as their father. Dorothy remarried in 1949 in Westminster. Her husband was Lt Col Guy Alexander Ingram Dury (1895-1976), another cricketer.

Hon Frederick Somerset Gough-Calthorpe’s obituary, with photograph, is in The Times on 20 November 1935.

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