Nine days after his sixteenth birthday, William Carrington made his debut for Glamorgan in their match against Surrey Club and Ground at The Oval in late May 1896. He had no attachment whatsoever with the Welsh county as at the time, he was a junior professional on the Surrey staff.
His selection followed Sam Brain being taken ill the night before the game at The Oval. A telegram was hastily sent that evening to Tom Barlow enquiring if he could catch an early morning train up to London, but with the answer being in the negative, the Surrey teenager was drafted in by Glamorgan as a very late replacement. He duly scored 10 batting at number nine in the order, besides taking a catch, but the drawn game proved to be his only cricket match of note.
Despite having represented London Schools, he did not play any further representative cricket and instead appeared in club cricket in the East End. William was residing in Tottenham when the Great War broke out in 1914. He duly joined the 1st Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, and underwent basic training in Cambridge before crossing the Channel on 10 September, 1914.
William and his battalion duly became veterans of various actions on the Western Front, including the action at Hooge in 1915, the Battles of Flers-Courcelette and Le Transloy in 1916, as well as the Battle of Hill 70 in 1917. They subsequently were involved in The Hundred Days Offensive, but sadly on April 28th, 1918 William lost his life during a skirmish in Flanders as the British Army attempted to make further inroads into German-held territory.
CARRINGTON, William George.
Born – Herne Hill, 16 May 1880.
Died – Flanders, Belgium, 28 April 1918.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendly – 10 v Surrey 2nd XI at The Oval, 1896.