Edmund Saulez, an Army officer, played eight times for Glamorgan in Minor County Friendlies during 1893 whilst based at Maindy Barracks.
Born in Eire, raised in Hampshire and educated at Harrow, his family had links with South Wales through his uncle Vincent who had served as Rector of St. John’s Church in Canton. He was quite an influential figure in the development of the Cardiff suburb as Rev. Saulez encouraged his parishoners to form a cricket team, and the rise of both the Canton cricket club, and Alexandra Park as a sporting venue, were the result of his encouragement of healthy recreation.
Edmund had initially served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the Suffolk Regiment, before moving to South Wales. During his time in Cardiff , Edmund played for both the Cardiff and Fairwater clubs. This led to a friendship with Jack Brain, with Edmund making his Glamorgan debut in May 1893 against the Colts XXII at the Arms Park. Having made 39 against the youngsters, Edmund then appeared against Herefordshire at Hereford, scoring 30 and 43, before playing in a further six matches that summer, with his final appearance coming at Lord’s in the game with the MCC.
Edmund then enjoyed a distinguished military career in the Indian Army, during which time he also appeared in domestic cricket for the Europeans during the 1894/95 season. He served in the North-west frontier and oversaw transport operations. Having risen to the rank of Major, he was later based in Calcutta before returning to the U.K. after the Great War and lived in Bedfordshire and Hampshire.
His wife Anna was the daughter of Alex Dumbleton, a talented amateur cricketer who played for the Royal Engineers, and whose brother Horatio also played for Hampshire, besides appearing in inter-services cricket.
SAULEZ, Edmund Harrison.
Born – Sea Point, Dublin, 21 February 1867.
Died – Havant, 19 November 1948.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 45 v Monmouthshire at Rodney Parade, Newport, 1893.