The Lockdown Chronicles 22: W.G.

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W.G. is a doctor in Bristol.
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Note: the phrase “it’s just not cricket” is used in English to say that something is unfair or dishonest.

An outstanding all-rounder, William Gilbert “W. G.” Grace MRCS LRCP (18 July 1848 – 23 October 1915) was a an English amateur cricketer and a doctor. He obtained his medical diploma from the University of Edinburgh and qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (LRCP) and became a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS). After qualifying he worked at 61 Stapleton Road in Easton, Bristol, employing two locums during the cricket season. He was the local Public Vaccinator and had additional duties as the Medical Officer to the Barton Regis Union, which involved tending patients in the workhouse (Rae 1998).

W.G. Grace was important in the development of cricket and is widely considered one of its greatest-ever players. Generally known as “W. G.”, he played first-class cricket for a record-equaling 44 seasons, from 1865 to 1908, during which he captained England, Gloucestershire, the Gentlemen, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the United South of England Eleven (USEE) and several other teams. Right-handed as both batsman and bowler, Grace dominated the sport during his career. His technical innovations and enormous influence left a lasting legacy. [Wikipedia entry]

Text sources: Rae, Simon (1998) W. G. Grace: A Life. Faber; Boobyer, Leigh (7 May 2020) “Two-thirds of COVID-19 patients in Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals discharged”, Gloucestershire Live; Campbell, Denis et al (5 May 2020) “Calls for inquiry as UK reports highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe”, The Guardian; Rawlinson, Kevin (7 May 2020) “Coronavirus PPE: all 400,000 gowns flown from Turkey for NHS fail UK standards”. The Guardian.

Source image: portrait of W. G. Grace, Woodburytype, late 1880s, by Herbert Rose Barraud (1845-1896), via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain. This comic strip CC-BY-NC-SA.

References

Booth, Lawrence, editor (2020) Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2020, Wisden, available to buy from https://www.wisden.com/ [Accessed 7 May 2020]

ECB (30 April 2020) “Cricket and COVID-19: your questions answered”, available from https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1657168/cricket-and-covid-19-your-questions-answered [Accessed 7 May 2020]

Rae, Simon (1998) W. G. Grace: A Life. Faber, available to buy from https://www.faber.co.uk/9780571195732-w-g-grace-a-life.html [Accessed 7 May 2020]

Boobyer, Leigh (7 May 2020) “Two-thirds of COVID-19 patients in Gloucestershire’s two main hospitals discharged”, Gloucestershire Live. Available from https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/health/two-thirds-covid-19-patients-4112573  [Accessed 7 May 2020]

Campbell, Denis et al (5 May 2020) “Calls for inquiry as UK reports highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe”, The Guardian. Available from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/05/uk-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-above-32000-to-highest-in-europe [Accessed 7 May 2020]

Rawlinson, Kevin (7 May 2020) “Coronavirus PPE: all 400,000 gowns flown from Turkey for NHS fail UK standards”. The Guardian. Available from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/07/all-400000-gowns-flown-from-turkey-for-nhs-fail-uk-standards [Accessed 7 May 2020]

Barraud, Herbert Rose (late 1880s)  Portrait of W. G. Grace, cricketeer,  Woodburytype, via Wikimedia Commons, available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._G._Grace#/media/File:W._G._Grace,_cricketer,_by_Herbert_Rose_Barraud.jpg [Accessed 7 May 2020]

 

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.