Peter Eckersley (cricketer)

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Peter Thorp Eckersley (2 July 1904 – 13 August 1940)[1] was the captain of Lancashire County Cricket Club from 1929 to 1935, who retired for a career as a Conservative Party politician.

Having unsuccessfully fought Leigh in 1931, he was elected at the 1935 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Manchester Exchange.[2]

He died in 1940 in a flying accident near Eastleigh, Hampshire whilst serving with the Fleet Air Arm,[3] becoming the fourth MP to be killed in World War II. A stained glass window to his memory is in Chowbent Unitarian Chapel in Atherton.[4]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 187. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  3. ^ "House of Commons Debates vol 364 c753". Hansard. 14 August 1940. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chowbent Unitarian Chapel". 

External links

  • Cricinfo profile
  • Peter Eckersley at Cricket Archive (includes photo)
  • Profile
  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Peter Eckersley
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Edward Brocklehurst Fielden
Member of Parliament for Manchester Exchange
Succeeded by
Thomas Henry Hewlett
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