Glamorgan’s search for homegrown talent during 1932 saw them select ‘Jef’ Linton, a young officer in the Royal Artillery and a member of a well-known family of solicitors from Cardiff, for a couple of matches. He did little of note but went on to enjoy a glittering military career, winning the DSO, besides escaping from a POW camp in Italy during 1943 and taking part in the Battle of Arnheim in 1944.
‘Jef’ had been a talented all-round cricketer, playing in the Charterhouse XI in 1926 and 1927, and captaining the school side in the latter season. With his family based in Llandaff, he held a qualification for Glamorgan and during 1932 he played twice for the Welsh county.
After the Second World War he was a senior instructor in anti-tank warfare at the School of Artillery and was elevated to the rank of Brigadier.
LINTON, James Edward Fryer, DSO
Born – Llandaff, 7th May 1909.
Died – Roo, Cozumel Island, Mexico, 27th December 1989.
First-class – 2 v Hampshire at Dean Park, Bournemouth, 1932; 1/34 v Middlesex at Cardiff Arms Park, 1932.