Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Major Poyntz Takes Command

Hugh Poyntz [X550/1/82]

Wednesday 10th November 1915: Major Hugh Poyntz arrived with the 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment on 5th November and today takes over command from Lieutenant-Colonel H F Bidder who returns to the Royal Sussex Regiment. The Battalion goes back into the line again after a short break.

Major Poyntz has a brother in the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, Lieutenant E S M Poyntz and both brothers turned out as amateur batsmen for Somerset before the war, Lieutenant Poyntz captaining them in 1913 and 1914(1).

Source: X550/3/wd

(1) Neither brother was a particularly distinguished cricketer. H S Poyntz played first-class cricket for Orange Free State and in a career lasting from 1904 to 1921 made 1,288 runs in 40 matches averaging 19.22. He also took 5 wickets, average 36.40. Massey Poyntz in a career lasting 105 matches from 1905 to 1919 made 3,127 runs at 17.08 and took 8 wickets at 39.62.

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