The 2015 Wisden, published today contains obituaries of five Hornsey players.
Perhaps the most surprising is that for Ivan Wingreen (Hornsey 1987) who died aged 52 of a brain tumour. Rumoured to have left his native South Africa, where he played first class cricket for Western Province, to avoid National Service, he played 17 matches for Hornsey in 1987 and averaged close to 40.
Peter Delisle (Hornsey 1953-57) also died in 2014, aged 79, played first class cricket for Oxford University and Middlesex. He played irregularly for Hornsey and did little of note, and retired from cricket after the 1957 season and joined the Rifle Brigade.
The fact that there are 5 obituaries in this years Wisden is down mainly to the fact that there is a supplementary section, containing
obituaries of cricketers whose deaths were not recorded at the time. They asked for contributions and I sent them a few.
Three were printed. Lucas Bacmeister(Hornsey 1885-1904) was picked in Hornsey’s all time XI, taking 540 wickets at tiny cost. He played a little first class cricket in the late 19th century. Dismissing WG Grace twice in his second first class match, he was a
rather sickly individual who missed significant amounts of cricket due to illness. He died in 1962.
John Tomlinson (Hornsey 1953-63) played one first class match for Derbyshire in 1946 but his medical studies restricted his cricket. He played for Hornsey while studying at St Barts, and eventually moved to Canada. He did return to Hornsey to play for the Presidents XI against the Club in the 1970 Centenary cricket week. He died in 2010.
Frank Swinstead (Hornsey 1883-1913) played two first class matches a dozen years apart in 1888 and 1900 for MCC and Gentlemen of England. He scored over 8,000 runs for Hornsey and took close to 1,000 wickets. His family, all famous artists, founded the Hornsey School of Art in Crouch End. He died in 1937. The obituaries for Bacmeister and Swinstead make reference to their feats for Hornsey, although the Hornsey reference in the Tomlinson was edited out before publication.
I tried to squeeze in the obity for a certain Arthur Cornick, but this was not published.