Peter Eckersley (cricketer)

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Lieutenant (A)

Peter Thorp Eckersley

Born 2 July 1904
Lowton, United Kingdom
Died 13 August 1940
Near Eastleigh, United Kingdom
Cause of death Air Accident
Resting place Tyldesley Cemetery
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Known for Cricket
Spouse(s) Audrey E. J. Eckersley

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.

Early life

Eckersley was born on 2 July 1904 to William Eckersley CBE and Eva Mary Eclersley (nee Thorp) at Lowton in the north west of England. For his education he attended Rugby School, where he played for the first XI at cricket.[2]

Cricket career


He began playing cricket at Leigh Cricket Club before joining Lancashire County Cricket Club in 1923. Eckersley went up to Trinity College Cambridge but made his debut for Lancashire against his university on 9 May 1923. Over the course of his first-class cricket career he made 5,629 runs (his record score being 102), scoring 25 fifties, took 141 catches and took seven wickets for 348 runs conceded. His final first-class match took place on 31 August 1938 when he appeared for an England XI against a touring Australian team.[2]

Exhibition matches and tours

Eckersley was selected for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) 1926/27 tour to India and Ceylon. He played 26 matches on the tour before returning to club cricket with Lancashire in April 1927. He also appeared for The Gentlemen against The Players, against Jamaica for L.H. Tennyson's XI and toured South America with Sir J. Cahn's XI.[2]

Post-playing career


He worked in Stockport as a director at a coach building company called G.W. Smith and Co.[2]


Having unsuccessfully fought Leigh in 1931, he was elected at the 1935 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Manchester Exchange.[3]


He and his wife, Audrey E. J. Eckersley, were members of the Lancashire Aero Club. He regularly flew himself to cricket matches, becoming known as the 'Flying Cricketer'.[2]

Second World War

Eckersley joined the Fleet Air Arm and was based at HMS Raven where he was in training.[2] He died on 13 August 1940 in a flying accident near Eastleigh, Hampshire[4][5] 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.[6]

He is buried at Tyldesley Cemetery in the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.[5]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Nigel., McCrery, (2017). Coming Storm. Pen and Sword. ISBN 1526706989. OCLC 1001360442.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "House of Commons Debates vol 364 c753". Hansard. 14 August 1940. Retrieved 3 May 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Casualty - Peter Thorp Eckersley". Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  6. ^ "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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