Howard Parkes


Howard Roderick Parkes (31 May 1877 – 28 May 1920) was an English cricketer and athlete.[1] A right-handed batsman,[2] he played first-class cricket for London County and Warwickshire.[3]

Howard Parkes
Personal information
Full name
Howard Roderick Parkes
Born(1877-05-31)31 May 1877
Birmingham, England
Died28 May 1920(1920-05-28) (aged 42)
Studland, Dorset, England
Domestic team information
1900London County
First-class debut22 August 1898 Warwickshire v Leicestershire
Last First-class19 July 1900 London County v Warwickshire
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 7
Runs scored 79
Batting average 7.90
100s/50s 0/0
Top score 21
Balls bowled 0
Wickets -
Bowling average -
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling -
Catches/stumpings 3/0
Source: CricketArchive, 3 December 2007



Howard Parkes' first recorded senior match was for the Gentlemen of Surrey against the Gentlemen of Netherlands.[4] It was an unsuccessful debut, as he was bowled for a duck in each innings.[5] Two years later, he played for the Surrey Second XI against the Lancashire Second XI,[4] and in 1898 made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against Leicestershire.[6]

Between 1897 and 1900 he attended Oxford University. Whilst he did play in trial matches, he never played for the university cricket team, though he did represent them at hurdling.[7] He won the National Championship over 120 yards hurdles in 1898.[8] In 1900, he played a second match for the Surrey Second XI, against Glamorgan,[9] in addition to six first-class matches for London County,[6] also representing them against the West Indies.[4]

In November 1904, he played for Shanghai against the Straits Settlements in Hong Kong, opening the batting.[10]

He died in Dorset in 1920 from the effects of gas poisoning suffered whilst on active service in France with the Royal Garrison Artillery in World War I,[7] and was buried at Molesey Cemetery, West Molesey, Surrey.[11] His brother-in-law Tom Taylor played for Yorkshire between 1899 and 1906, playing 130 first-class matches in total.[12]


  1. ^ Cricinfo profile
  2. ^ CricketArchive profile
  3. ^ Teams played for by Howard Parkes at CricketArchive
  4. ^ a b c Other Matches played by Howard Parkes at CricketArchive
  5. ^ Scorecard of Gentlemen of Surrey v Gentlemen of Netherlands, 17 August 1894 at CricketArchive
  6. ^ a b First-class matches played by Howard Parkes at CricketArchive
  7. ^ a b Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1921, Obituaries in 1920
  8. ^ "WAAA and National Championships Medallists". NUTS.
  9. ^ Minor Counties Championship matches played by Howard Parkes at CricketArchive
  10. ^ Scorecard of Shanghai v Straits Settlements, 15 November 1904 at CricketArchive
  11. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.
  12. ^ Tom Taylor at CricketArchive