Richard Baggallay (cricketer)

Richard Baggallay
Personal information
Full name Richard Romer Claude Baggallay
Born (1884-05-04)4 May 1884
Kensington, England
Died 12 December 1975(1975-12-12) (aged 91)
Kensington, England
Batting Right-handed batsman
Role Batsman, occ wicket keeper
Derbyshire captain 1913-1919
Relations Mervyn Baggallay, Thomas Baggallay
Domestic team information
Years Team
19121919 Derbyshire
First-class debut 1 August 1912 Derbyshire v Australia
Last First-class 9 July 1919 Derbyshire v Somerset
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 31
Runs scored 688
Batting average 11.86
100s/50s 0/3
Top score 88
Balls bowled
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 25/–
Source: [1], 11 February 2010

Richard Romer Claude Baggallay DSO MC (4 May 1884 – 12 December 1975)[1] was an English army officer and cricketer who played first-class cricket for Derbyshire between 1912 and 1919 and captained the side in 1913, 1914 and 1919.

Bagallay was born at Kensington the son of Claude Baggallay K.C. a barrister of Wilderwick, East Grinstead, Sussex.[2] He was educated at Marlborough College and joined the 11th Hussars.

Baggallay made his cricketing debut for Derbyshire in the 1912 season playing in two matches, the first a draw against the Australians in which he made little impression. He was captain in the 1913 season when Derbyshire finished 13th in the table and again in the 1914 season when they finished 12th. He then fought in World War I between 1914 and 1919. He served in the Irish Guards and was successively captain and major, seeing service at the Somme and Ypres.[3][4] He was mentioned in despatches and awarded DSO and MC in 1919.

After the war Baggallay resumed the captaincy of Derbyshire in the 1919 season. However, after three matches that season he was called to Ireland as Military Secretary to the Viceroy of Ireland, Lord Ypres and was thereafter unable to play for the county.[1]

Baggallay was a right-hand batsman and occasional wicket-keeper. He played 59 innings in 31 matches for Derbyshire. His highest score was 88 and his average 11.86. His last recorded match was in 1922 for the Household Cavalry against an Eton side that include Lord Dunglass.[5]

Baggallay became Lieutenant Colonel and in World War II was commandant of the Alien internment camps on the Isle of Man between 1940 and 1942. He died at Kensington aged 91.

Baggallay married, firstly, Kathleen Constance Charlotte FitzGerald Murphy in 1910 and secondly Phyllis Mildred Harriet Ford in 1922. He had three children by his first wife. His brother Mervyn Baggallay played cricket for Cambridge University, and a cousin Thomas Baggallay played for Surrey.


  1. ^ a b "Obituaries in 1975". ESPNCricinfo. Wisden. Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Lt.-Col. Richard Romer Claude Baggallay". The Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  3. ^ Rudyard Kipling The Irish Guards in the Great War, Vol 1 1917 The Somme to Gouzeaucourt
  4. ^ Rudyard Kipling The Irish Guards in the Great War, Vol 1 1918 Arras to the Armistice
  5. ^ Richard Baggallay at Cricket Archive
Sporting positions
Preceded by
John Chapman
Derbyshire cricket captains
Succeeded by
Leonard Oliver

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