THE LIFE AND TIMES OF
EDWARD R. “BOSUN” SWAINSON
by George Rose CPM
Editors note - This article was conceived just over two years ago when retired Superintendent George Rose and I met to discuss the feasibility of writing a Hall of Fame article on a legendary cricketer and police officer, Edward "Bosun" Swainson for our website's Hall of Fame . We were somewhat hampered by the fact that there are literally no police records dating back to the years when "Bosun" was a serving police officer. George took up the challenge and he has spent countless hours during the past 2 years in the Bermuda library and elsewhere conducting meticulous research about the "Bosun" who was without doubt one of Bermuda's finest ever cricketers who made history when he scored the first century in Cup Match in 1937. He was also the first black police officer to be promoted to the rank of Inspector. George has also interviewed numerous people, including surviving family members. In doing so he has unearthed a treasure-trove of valuable information about this remarkable man. George also discovered a great deal of information about Bermuda cricket in general and Cup Match in particular during his search through the records of the Royal Gazette and the Bermuda Recorder.
For example, during his research George uncovered fascinating information about "coloured" Bermuda cricket teams who were travelling abroad on highly successful tours to the U.S. as early as 1915 through the 1920's, and playing against teams made up of cricketers from Jamaica, St. Kitt's and the West Indies in general.
This is by far the most extensive article we have ever published and we had a difficult decision to make regarding just how much material to include in the article as our subject matter was primarily the life and times of "Bosun". However, we felt that it would be of interest to cricket lovers and to future historians to provide some insights into the cricket scene throughout an era when Bermuda produced many legendary players such as Warren Simmons, Charles "War Baby" Fox, the incomparable Alma "Champ" Hunt, Arthur Simons, Edward "Bosun" Swainson, and many others.
It is said that sporting prowess has long been recognized as an important ingredient in the development of character. This is none more so than in the game of cricket in which sporting achievements played out on the field exhibit a player’s character like no other.
In Bermuda, very many thousands of spectators and fans have, for over 100 years, been drawn to sporting arenas in the East and the West for the annual Cup Match held at either the St. George's or Somerset Cricket Clubs where sportsmen of character are deployed in competition over a two-day cricket extravaganza of entertainment excellence.
You will read these stories about “Bosun” as told by the people who were there in attendance as he became a legend in his own time.
"Bosun" had already proved to be an outstanding cricket player and all-round sportsman, but in 1937 he made history when he scored the first ever century in Cup Match. He followed this feat the next year by scoring 99 runs - just a single run short of scoring the second Cup Match century.
“Bosun” gave service to his community by joining the Bermuda Police Force on 1st September, 1935 at the age of 34. He was raised to the position of Detective Sergeant in May 1948 and was promoted again to the position of Detective Inspector less than 12 months later on 1st February 1949. By way of this appointment, “Bosun” became the first black Bermudian to reach the Officer ranks of the Bermuda Police Force.
The following stories are laid out chronologically and serve to illustrate the significant historical events involving “Bosun” especially those published in the weekly newspaper THE RECORDER which most specifically detailed games during the years 1937 and 1938.
[It should be noted that during this two-year period some weekly publications did not survive and cannot therefore be referenced]
Nothing referring to Edward Swainson by name has been recovered from any news outlets during these 17 years – except for when he was referenced as follows in a 1937 article when he first joined St. George’s C.C. as a young juvenile in 1915 and thereafter showed intense loyalty to the club.
PROWESS AT BILLIARDS
Young 17 year-old Edward Swainson, described as a ‘colt’ in a game of billiards in 1917, continued to make a name for himself in July of this year as he once again carried off the sporting honours in friendly billiard contests against the Royal Engineers.
(see The Royal Gazette dated July 27, 1918)
The ‘colt’ continued his winning ways with another billiards match played in the Government Park, St. George’s between – “Mr. Edward Swainson’s St. George’s boys and the Bailey’s Bay boys, being won by the St. George’s eleven.”
(see The Royal Gazette dated August 10, 1918)
Could this reference to “Mr. Edward Swainson’s St. George’s boys” be the first indication we have of Edward’s leadership abilities?
The ‘colt’ reached the final in the St. George’s billiard tournament played later in the year. (The result of the game has not been recovered.)
(see The Royal Gazette dated December 17, 1918)
1919 was not a good year for St. George's Cup Match team - perhaps that is why there is no known photograph of their team that played in the first Cup Match after the end of the First World War! This was not the best of times for the "Blue and Blues", Somerset Cricket Club had triumphed in the 1914 Cup Match played in St. George's, and they went on to win four more annual encounters, all played at Somerset Cricket Club in the days when whichever team won Cup Match would host the following year and every year after until they lost the annual Classic. It was time for some new blood in St. George's Team.
The following report in the Royal Gazette listed the members of each team with young E. Swainson named as a reserve.
SOMERSET - ST. GEORGE'S CRICKET CUP MATCH TEAMS
W. Simmons (Captain), J. Simons, E. Bean, S. Burt, A. Hunt, W. Hunt, K. Bascombe, C. Burrows, S. Smith, L. Brangman, C. Gilbert, A. Jones (reserve).
Umpire C. King. Scorer F. Tankard
E. Paynter, K. Johnson, S. Outerbridge, H. Trott, J. Fox, S. Brangman, E. Watson, H. Talbot, J. Talbot, F. Swan, J. Dowling. (Reserves) J. Gardner, E. Swainson.
[No digital records were recovered for dates between August 5 and September 13, 1919 therefore no Cup Match reports of play on Thursday August 7 and on Friday August 8 are available (at this time). Although there is evidence in newspaper reports in April of this year of the existence of a person by the name of Edgar Swainson, it is reasonable to conclude that, on a balance of probabilities, the name of E. Swainson as a reserve team member for St. George’s relates solely to Edward Raymond Swainson, who later became known as “Bosun”.]
Significant gaps are prevalent between the surviving 16 digitalized records for this year and, although no record has survived of the annual Cup Match period, the following three reports concerning E. Swainson’s sporting activities have been located.
B. A. A.
Annual Championship Billiard Tournament
“The drawing of the first round is as follows: –
Paul Johnson v. Jack Fowle, jr.
Irving Tucker v. Llewelyn Gibbons
C. A. Hooper v. Morris Gibson
Darrell Dickenson v. Leslie Cooper
W. A. Smellie v. Gordon Pitman
Donald Giggons sicv. Frank Crisson
Leon Powell v. P. H. Adderley
Jack Tucker v. A. Cann
Cyril Cooper v. Allison Fowle
H. S. Atwood v. C. H. Neave
Sidney Greenslade v. F. E. Smith
E. Swainson, a bye.
“This will be the line-up of the cricket team of W. E. Meyer & Co. in their game with the soldiers to be played on Thursday next, Jan. sic.17th at the Garrison Recreation grounds if these can be obtained: –
E.P.T. Tucker (captain), C. Thomas, J. Rankin, R. Rankin, T. M. Richardson, W. Fox, E. Swainson, R. King, C. Gilbert, H. Whitehead and J. Dowling.
Cup Team Meyer’s
F. Swan...................6 C. Thomas...............18
A. Hayward………37 W. Fox……………….0
E. Watson………..14 R. Rankin………….21
A. Swainson………4 E. Swainson……......1
H. Burchall………34 T. Richardson…........0
S. Outerbridge……1 J. Rankin……………0
H. Johnson……….6 J. Dowling……….....5
E. Paynter……….20 S. Bean…………....12
H. Robinson……...4 C. Gilbert……………1
H. Talbot…………..3 R. King, not out….....4
J. Talbot, not out…1 E. P. Tucker..............0
Digitized records next hereafter are dated June 24, August 10, and November 30, 1920. They provide no further information related to the annual Cup Match classic for this year.
According to official Cup Match records 18 year old Edward Swainson first played for St. George's Cup Match team in 1919. In 1921, now 20 years of age, Edward Swainson had his first opportunity to perform in front of his home crowd. The Blue and Blues had finally wrestled the Cup from Somerset in 1920 so the 1921 Cup Match was played on St. George's home soil (albeit a new home) for the first time in six years. Although there is no written report available on each day’s play, Edward is recorded as having received the prize of a bat for the “best batting performance” of the match. Only a short report is available detailing the annual event – on page 4 of the newspaper.
“On Thursday last, August 4th, the Somerset C.C. commenced an effort to recover the custody of the St. George’s – Somerset Challenge Cup, under rather good weather conditions, although the dryness of the field and surroundings and consequent flying dust did detract from the enjoyment of the game for both players and spectators.
“On Wednesday evening, when out of parish residents commenced to arrive in numbers, it carried one’s mind back to the boat races of the later part of the 18th century when intending spectators from Somerset began to arrive at St. George’s as early as three days previous to the day of the sport, but in those days, our present improved transportation facility (sic) did not exist.
“As early as 6 o’clock on Thursday morning vehicles were arriving at St. George’s with passengers: there were the most humane persons who anticipated comfortable travelling for their horses as well as enjoyment for themselves.
“Row boats, fish boats, motor boats and many other boats of divers shapes, sizes and rigs arrived from the westward throughout the morning as also did the 'Ajax' and 'Corona' apparently filled to the limit with passengers. Every available vehicle must have been impressed on Thursday and Friday for passenger conveyance and they were, when out of use, berthed at many convenient and, in instances, inconvenient places.
“This year, for the first time, the challenge cup match was played at the St. George’s Cricket Club’s new field – prepared at great expense – at Wellington, and a very good field for both contestants on Thursday last when Somerset’s first six batsmen appeared to be perfectly at home on its pitch to say nothing of the entire elevens’ excellent out-fielding, beyond. The field, however, is so situated that boundaries are liberally supplied and runs made without exertion.
“The attendance at Wellington field, on both days, was as large as on former occasions, but on account of being scattered over a larger space than formerly was by no means as dense as it has previously appeared at the Garrison field.
“The pavilion was nicely situated on a rise on the southwest slope and other marques were erected on the western rise. The B.M.A. Band, which was present and played on both days, was also placed on the west rise.
“The refreshment supply was liberal and all sorts of shapes and conditions of structures were erected from which the good things were supplied.
“The St. George’s Cricket Club entertained at the Slip House which had been kindly loaned by the owners for the occasion. The teams and scores have already been given in a previous issue.
St. George’s (First Innings) ………217
Somerset (First Innings) ………….160
St. George’s (Second Innings) 39 (for 3 wickets) but we append a list of prize-winners together with a list of the donors.
Col. Berger, the officer administering the Government, presented prizes amid much enthusiasm. [In part]
Name For Prize
Edward Swainson, Best batting performance. Bat.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 9, 1921 – Annual Cup Match)
Although the team scores above do not indicate which team won the 1921 Cup Match it is recorded in Arthur G.C. Simons excellent book, Bermuda Cricket Reminiscences, that it was won by St. George's. The record also indicates that St. George's retained the Cup the following year, but were defeated in 1923.
The Swainson name was not unfamiliar to fans of St. George’s Cricket Club. Edward Swainson’s uncle Joe Swainson is recorded as having played in a formidable St. George’s team in 1924 along with such legends as “War Baby” Fox, Fred "Bulla" Darrell, Cyril Packwood and Kitchener Johnson – all of whom made centuries in pre-cup match trials of that year.
(see The Royal Gazette dated July 25, 2008 – ‘Why I Count My Cup Match Blessings’)
For the avoidance of doubt and after much research it is evident that this Joe Swainson is identical with Joseph Oliver Swainson b. 1888 in St. George's and who died 07 September, 1960. He is not therefore identical with ‘Bosun’s’ younger brother of the same name who was born in 1917 and who died in 1996. It is believed that Joseph Oliver Swainson (1888-1960) is the brother of ‘Bosun’s’ father Edward and that he was employed for 54 years as Bellman at the St. George’s Hotel.
On Saturday September 28, 1918 it was reported as follows in the Royal Gazette – “We regret to learn by this mail that Joe Swainson a brother of William Swainson is seriously ill in the United States.”
Edward and his younger brother Joe (1917 – 1996) are shown together below in 1955 as part of a larger group-photo.
St. George’s won the 25th annual Cup Match led by Captain Edward Swainson who was already considered to be an outstanding cricketer excelling as both batsman and bowler. Captain E. Swainson won two Cups for best all-round cricketer in the game from separate donors.
By keen bowling, smart fielding and excellent batting St. George’s gained an early advantage and maintained it through-out. On resuming after lunch a single by Trott put the Georgians level and another by Swainson was the winning hit, made amidst scenes of unparalleled excitement, throwing of hats, blowing of whistles, cornets, and anything else capable of being blown.
The fates had decided that the battle for the Cup should be transferred to East End, St. George’s winning with six wickets in hand.
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily dated July 31, 1925 –The Cup Match)
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily dated August 1, 1925 –The Cup Match; Trophy Travels East; St. Georges Superior In Every Department Of Game)
In addition to St George's hosting Cup Match in 1927, having been victorious the previous year on home soil, this was to be a very special year for Bermuda's top cricketers, including young Edward "Bosun" Swainson' when a Bermuda Cricket Team visited New York as reported below.
One Day Cricket Friendly at Wellington Oval
A one day cricket friendly was played at Wellington on July 12, with the match expected to produce a much closer contest than it proved to be. The victory of St. George’s was thoroughly well deserved, they being superior at all points, although the bowling ability of the visiting side was acknowledged. Captain Edward Swainson’s 5 wickets before lunch cost 16 runs. He was c E. Gilbert b. Swan.
Somerset win 1927 Cup Match with one wicket victory
The photograph below, said to be of the St. George's Cup Match Team of 1927, appears in Ira Philip's book on Alma "Champ" Hunt. The caption reads as follows:- "Champ's formidable opposition. Above are the St. George's giants, comprising the 1927 Cup Match team Alma was pitted against in his very first Cup Match. Amongst them were the legendary Cyril H. Packwood, Edward (Boar) Watson, Edward (Bos'un) Swainson and Alex (Cocky) Steed who were key players in the two-to-one victory St, George's scored over Somerset in 1926. The next year Champ's all-round performances as a colt were redeeming factors in Somerset's dramatic, turn around one-wicket victory over the East Enders.
Bermuda Cricketers Successful Tour to New York
In August 1927, Bermuda sent a cricket team to New York in what is believed to be their second overseas tour, to compete in a series of matches against teams from the U.S. and the West Indies. This followed a visit to Bermuda the previous year by the Overseas Cricket Association in New York. This tour attracted a great deal of attention as reported here in the Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily. It would appear from the reports that Edward "Bosun" Swainson performed well with both bat and ball.
An overseas cricket tour to the United States by a Bermuda Overseas XI team ended under unusual circumstances towards the end of August. Specially arranged match reports and cable bulletins helped Islanders’ to taste the play soon after it had occurred.
“The visit to Bermuda last year of players from New York and district is being reciprocated this season by (the) Overseas Cricket’ Association, who are sending a team up on Tuesday next. They will play a series of matches in New York, with the possibility of extending the tour to Boston and Philadelphia.
“Warren Simmons will as usual captain the Bermudians, and will also act as Manager, and he is taking with him E. Swainson, C. Fox, Ed. Durrant, R. Richardson, Amon Hunt, A. Jones, with C.A. Isaac-Henry as umpire and W. Pearman as scorer.
“C. Packwood, E. Watson, A. Steed, K. Johnson and F. Darrell were unfortunately unable to accept the invitation to take part in the tour.
“Special arrangements have been made by the R.G. & C.D. to have the matches reported in addition to receiving cable bulletins of the results. Mr. David Harris, accompanied by Mrs. Harris, goes up by tomorrow’s boat to assist with the advance
“Capt. C.A.M. Sarel, R.N., has taken a great interest in this visit to the States, and has done everything possible to improve the team. As the wind-up to his work, he is fielding a picked team tomorrow against the tourist.., (sic) the match being played on the Somerset Ground. These will be the teams:
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Friday, August 12, 1927 – Overseas
Cricket Association Send Team to States)
SPORT IN BERMUDA
BERMUDA OVERSEAS XI
“The Bermudians continued their victorious career on Thursday, scoring their fourth straight win. Playing against the United C.C. Brooklyn at the New York Oval, the final scores were:
Bermuda 222 for 6 wickets
* * *
To-day, Bermuda play the Cosmopolitan League and the fixtures next week are: –
Sunday – v. New York League
Wednesday – v. Melbourne C.C
Thursday – v. Sussex C.C
Saturday – v Local Bermudians
The tour concludes:
Sept. 4th - v 1926 N.Y. League XI
Sept. 5th - v West Indian C.C
* * *
Bermuda v. St. Kitts C.C
“Beautiful weather greeted the two teams when they met at the New York Oval last Saturday afternoon, in the opening match of the series.
“Warren Simmons, of the Bermuda team, won the toss and decided to bat first and they defeated the home team 190 to 81 runs in one innings game. E Durrant who received the first ball from Gerald Butterfield, once a player for Bermuda, got away with a boundary 4, and in three successive balls in the first over made boundaries, but quickly fell in the first over off Ince, a good New York bowler.
“E. Swainson, the St. George’s player, made a good stand for 39, being eventually caught and bowled by Butterfield. Philpott also made a defence and added 26. A. Jones (Pouch) did well at the wickets. He added another 15 runs and then placed the ball in McMorris hands in long field. Swainson succeeded in putting the ball clean over the fence twice, C. Philpott twice and C. Fox once, and with double figures of the other players the score finally totaled 190. The team consisted on this particular occasion of 12 men a side.
“For the New York team only three of its members succeeded in making double figures.
Thompson made 18. N. Yearwood 17 and Williams 13. Three were unfortunate in being vanquished with no runs to their account and at the end of their innings had scored 81 runs, thus giving the Bermuda’s a lead of 109 runs.”
Bermuda v. Jamaica C.C
“Sunday saw Bermuda team again victors in a game against the Jamaica Cricket Club played at the New York Oval. Bermuda batted first and quickly ran up a score which seemed would want a deal of catching by the Jamaicans. There was a very large concourse of people to view this game and they were quite enthusiastic over the good play of Cyril Philpott in his defence of the wicket for 2 hours, particularly when he so nicely placed the ball over the fence boundary several times in addition to 9 boundary hits of 4.
“Double figures were made by A. Hayward, Alma Hunt, C. Fox and Amon Hunt who was unfortunate in getting out l.b.w. after adding 46 runs to his side. At the fall of the eighth wicket the game was closed by Simmons with a total score of 218 runs.
“On the Jamaican side…………………. 110 runs were the total number of runs for this team, thus giving Bermuda the advantage of 108 runs and three wickets.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, August 27, 1927 – Sport In Bermuda – Cricket – Bermuda Overseas XI – Bermuda v. St. Kitts C.C. – Bermuda v. Jamaica C.C.)
Bermudians 5th Victory
“On Wednesday the Bermuda Overseas cricketers, at New York Oval, played the Melbourne C.C. Rain on previous days had caused changes in the schedule. Following were the scores. Bermuda winning:
Simmons b. Joseph……………………..14
Alma Hunt l.b.w. b. Joseph……………..40
Fox c. Roberts b. Joseph…..…………..15
Durrant c. Morton b. Warner….…………8
Henry c. Dickenson b. Joseph…………..6
Richardson c. Gray b. Warner…………..8
Swainson b. Warner…………………….22
Proctor b. Ross………………………….36
Philpott c. Ross b. Warner……………..16
Amon Hunt not out .…………………….54
Gilbert c and b Ross……………………...2
Jones not out……………………………...0
Golden b Swainson……………………..30
Harrison b Henry………………………….5
Riley c Philpott b Hunt A. M……………..6
Hiole run out………………………………5
Gayle st. Swainson………………………4
Warner c Henry b Swainson…………….7
Ross b Amon Hunt……………………….2
Miller c Hunt b. Swainson………………..6
Gray b Swainson………………………..10
Joseph c Durrant b Swainson………….11
Dickenson c Simmons b Richardson…...0
Morton not out…………………………….0
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Friday, September 2, 1927 – Bermudians 5th Victory)
Sport in Bermuda
The Overseas Cricketers
“From a correspondent who accompanied the Bermuda cricketers to New York we have received the following comments on two of the last games of the series, played at the New York Oval: –
Bermuda v. N.Y. Bermudians
“The hardest rain for years greeted the day (Thursday) on which the Bermuda Overseas were to play the Sussex C.C., causing the postponement of the game. Saturday was glorious and a large number of spectators attended.
“The N.Y. Bermudians won the toss and gave the visiting team the opportunity of making the first score, which totaled 197 runs. E. Swainson brought 71. Gerald Butterfield during the innings took 4 wickets in ten overs, with 4 maiden overs.
“With J. Robinson and K. Butterfield at the wickets the N.Y. Bermudian team started play, and both batted extremely well; particularly strong and careful did Robinson play but he was bowled by Amon Hunt after making 57 runs. Amon Hunt did good service with the ball getting 4 wickets and 5 maiden overs in the 18 overs he bowled.
“It was very unfortunate that twilight commenced early for it was evident that the visitors meant business. Wickets commenced to fall quickly, but when the 9 & 10 men were batting darkness prevented further play and although cricket results are always uncertain it was sentimentally thought by many of the spectators that the Overseas had a lead that could not have been made up by the N.Y.B., who had at the close 135 against 197 with only two wickets to fall.
Bermuda v. St. Kitts C.C
“The St. Kitts C.C. met the Overseas team for the 6th match of their series, resulting in success for the Bermuda boys.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, September 10, 1927 – Sport in Bermuda)
BERMUDA CRICKETERS RETURN AFTER SUCCESSFUL TOUR
Matches Won 6; Drawn 1; Lost 1
“The Bermuda Overseas Cricket Team returned yesterday after a most successful visit to New York where they played eight matches against various teams, winning six, drawing one and losing one.
“It was on the occasion of the last match when an unfortunate disturbance arose out of a decision of the umpire. This not only marred the pleasure of the trip, but probably prevented the Bermudians returning with an unbeaten record. Like good sportsmen, they permitted the batsman to continue to play after being given out, with the result that the game was lost by 19 runs. A special correspondent who was present at the game sends us the following account of the match and it will be seen he pays a fine tribute to the Bermuda team for their play and behavior. A summary of the ten sic. games is also given and we join in the congratulations being offered the successful team....
“The Bermuda Overseas Team met what was deemed by the public the champion Cricketers on Monday – the West Indian Cricket Club before a gathering of probably 3,000. The game started at 12.30 p.m. with Eric Hunt and R. Richardson facing the ball, delivered by E. Holder and B. Clarke. Holder, who did some remarkable bowling on the occasion of the American team when they visited Bermuda, has not reduced his qualification as a bowler, as will be seen by the fact that he accounted for 4 of his opponents.
“Eric Hunt soon fell to his bowling of the second over having only made 4 runs by two strokes of short boundaries. This to the cricketers was quite an easy matter since the width of the field was not great. He was relieved by his brother Alma Hunt who made a wonderful stand and defied the efforts of three of their bowlers, and not until the last resourceful bowler, E. Best, came upon the scene, was Alma bested and gave Robinson a chance to catch him off Best’s bowling with 76 runs to his credit. Richardson was less fortunate for he misplaced a ball delivered by Holder and was caught by Hope, who also caught W. Simmons (3 runs) off Holder’s bowling.
“Eddie Durrant made a formidable showing, but in playing a break ball from Holder got his leg in the way the umpire giving him out l.b.w. after scoring 10 runs. C. Fox started very well scoring a long boundary for 4 on his first hit, but only survived one more run before being caught by Robinson off Holder’s ball. E. Gilbert’s luck was out for Holder had him clean out in the second over.
“Great things were expected from Philpot and his supporters were not far out, but ill-luck attended his day’s game and he was unfortunate enough to be run out. From this time onward the opportunities for the Overseas seem to vanish for although he had his companion in arms E. Swainson, the St. Georgian seemed somewhat handicapped, but still he fought hard, but his opportunity to make a stand was certainly lost. Hayward only scoring 2 before being caught by Lewis by a ball delivered by Clarke and Amon Hunt and Proctor being bowled by Clarke in two successive balls, Swainson not out for 18 runs, bringing the innings of the Overseas to a close for 145 runs.”
W. I. Scores
“Great excitement now prevailed and it was apparent that much money was staked on this game. Layne and Shurrand were sent to the wickets but Layne’s life was soon shortened by the keen cricket ability of E. Durrant who has a wonderful reputation at this particular position on the field, slip. Layne unfortunately gave Durrant a chance and although a long reach was necessary he did not fail his Captain, and Layne’s score ended with 4 runs. Shurrand was even less fortunate than Layne for when receiving Amon Hunt’s first ball he tried Durrant’s resourceful hands with a like result of his former companion without adding to the score.
“Now great things were expected of Clarke and he certainly made a good stand for 20 runs but was like Swainson, run out. Holder of Bermuda fame did some good execution starting his runs with two boundaries from Swainson’s bowling but he too misjudged his field and placed a playful ball into the hands of W. Simmons after attaining 18 runs.
“Robinson, who seemed the backbone of the batsmen, after making top score for his side of 23, fell to a ball from Amon Hunt. Alder, another Bermuda veteran, was run out for 11 and Olivere soon lost his bails to Swainson. E. Durrant again came to the fore catching Brown at slip.
“The runs had now reached 83 and Lewis was placed at the wicket with Hinds, the captain of the opposing team. The excitement of supporters of both sides grew high but particularly demonstrative were supporters of the W. I. team and a few minutes after, when called to award a decision on Hinds, the umpire, Mr. Henry, gave the verdict against him. Hinds objected and this was the signal for a most unfortunate and disorderly occurrence that marred the whole day’s sport.
“A general ruse was made on the field by an unruly section of supporters of the home team, the few police were of no avail and a contingent had necessarily to be called before order could be restored, and not before several had been injured by blows of fists and sticks.
“The visiting team remained perfectly quiet waiting a decision, and much must be said for these visitors, although it was generally believed that Hinds was out, they finally, as good sportsmen, and to give the spectators opportunity to see the game completed, placed Hinds and Lewis again at the wickets, but it was obvious that the team had lost interest and heart which made it easy for the score to be run up until 164 had been attained when further play was unnecessary.
“The W.I. team then being winners by 19 runs and ?2 wickets, many being disappointed by the distinctly unfortunate event of the afternoon.
Summary of Games
Bermuda 190 N.Y. League 81
Bermuda 218 Jamaica C.C 110
Bermuda 194 Elks 61
Bermuda 229 for 6 Brooklyn 106
Bermuda 229 Melbourne 96
Bermuda 197 (Local N.Y) Bermudians 135 (Drawn)
Bermuda 183 for 6 St. Kitts 76
Bermuda 145 West Indian C.C 104 for 8 (Lost)
“N.B. – In the game against the West Indian C.C., Bermuda was in a winning position until the unfortunate incident occurred in connection with the umpire’s decision against Hinds. Though officially given out, this player was put in again, very sportingly, by Warren Simmons, but the violent temper of the crowd affected the remainder of the game, none of the visiting team being able to give of his best under such conditions. As one of the Overseas Team put it “We had been used to Cricket.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Tuesday, September 13, 1927 – Bermuda Cricketers Return After Successful Tour)
“Under the new rules the bowlers will have a better chance of hitting the wickets, and the new rules are briefly the following: –
The stumps are to be an inch higher and set an inch wider.
“The other new rule will make the umpire’s work easier, and will commend itself to most cricketers:
A batsman may be given out leg before wicket, even if the ball hits his bat or hand before it touches the leg.
"Three matches were played simultaneously on Empire Day
Young Men’s Club
G. Burrows c. Nearon b. W. Darrell…………5
C. Cann run out……………………………….2
D. Richards b. Cyril Packwood……………..10
C.A.I. Henry c. W. Darrell b. Packwood…….5
W. Simmons b. Steed……………………….24
W. Gilbert b. Packwood………………………0
A. Simons not out……………………………29
A. Trott Capt. c. Johnson b. Steed………….1
P. Ratteray c. Steed b. Packwood…………..1
J. Thomas b. Packwood……………………...4
A. Smith c. Packwood b. Watson…………....3
St. George’s Cricket Club
D. Nearon c. Simmons b. Richards………..23
W. Thompson c. Henry b. Smith…………...38
W. Darrell c. Cann b. Trott…………………..28
A. Steed b. Simons……………………………1
C. Packwood c. Simmons b. Richards…….16
F. Darrell c. Cann b. Burrows………………10
C. C. Packwood c. Simmons b. Burrows…...4
K. Johnson c. Ratteray b. Smith…………...38
E. Swainson b. Richards….………………..22
E. Watson c. Trott b. Smith…………………..6
Mac Burgess not out………………………….3
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Tuesday, May 28, 1929 – Cricket)
“The St. George’s cricket club met the Prospect Garrison team on their ground on Thursday last. The home side batted very patiently in putting together 77 runs but St. George’s scored an easy victory by 85 runs with 2 wickets to fall.
Prospect Garrison C.C.
Sgt. M. Yielding, b. Swan………………………. 0
L/Cpl. Pearman, c. sub., b. Tucker…………….14
Mr. Carter, c. Johnson b. E. Swainson………...17
Lieut. Roberts, c. Johnson b. [C]. Swainson......0
Major Conal Rowan, b. E. Swainson…………...5
Pte. Robinson, c. Fox b. E. Swainson….……....0
Capt. Campbell, b. Nearon……………………..19
Stokoe, b. E. Swainson…………………………..2
Pte. Tomlinson, b. Watson……………………….6
Pte. Boyce, b. Nearon……………………………2
Q.M.S. Rose, not out……………………………..3
St. George’s C.C
D. Nearon, c. Rose b. Pearman………………..53
E. Watson, c. Tomlinson b. Carter……………..31
J. Swainson, b. Tomlinson……………………...13
S. Tucker, c. Rose b. Tomlinson……………….25
F. Swan, run out…………………………………..3
R. G. Darrell, l.b.w., b. Boyce……………………0
C. Swainson, b. Boyce…………………………...1
A. Steed, b. Conal Rowen……………………….5
K. Johnson, not out……………………………..20
E. Swainson, not out……………….…………..0
C. Fox, did not bat………………………………..-
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Wednesday, June 5, 1929 – Cricket)
‘Bosun’ joined in a friendly match played at Wellington, St. George’s on Tuesday 11thJune and by the narrow margin of 3 runs J. Hayward’s XI scored a victory over the St. George’s Cricket Club XI, that was not quite at full strength.
“It was an interesting game and the result was in doubt until the last few minutes.”
St. George’s C.C
F. Darrell, c. Petty………………………………..19
S. Tucker, l.b.w. b. H. Hayward………………….7
A. Steed, b. F. Crisson………………………….18
E. Swainson, l.b.w. b. J. Hayward……………...0
D. Nearon, c. Burrows b. Friesenbruch………..9
C.C. Packwood, c. Evans b. J. Hayward……..24
K. Johnson, b. Hayward………………………..11
F. Swan, c. Petty, b. Friesenbruch……………..7
E. Watson, not out………………………………19
J. Brangman, b. J. Hayward……………………..9
Mac Burgess, c. Crisson, b. J. Hayward……….3
J. Hayward’s Xl.
A. B. Eve, b. Packwood…………………………..1
E. J. Evans, b. Tucker…………………………...11
De Silva, c. Johnson, b. Watson……………….15
R. Burrows, c. & b. Johnson……………………19
J. Hayward, retired……………………………….41
F. Crisson, b. Steed……………………………...13
D. Friesenbruch, c. Steed, b. Tucker……………5
H. Kemp, b. Watson………………………………1
E. Petty, c. Johnson, b. Tucker………………...23
H. Hayward, b. Watson…………………………...1
H. Lawrence, not out……………………………...0
E. Swainson………………………………..0 for 18.
C. Packwood………………………………. 1for 13.
E. Watson…………………………………...3 for19.
A. Steed……………………………………..1 for 34.
S. Tucker……………………………………3 for 28.
K. Johnson…………………………………1 for 5.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Thursday, June 13, 1929 – Cricket)
St. George's CC v Royal Artillery Association
Royal Artillery Association
T. Outerbridge, run out……………………………...3
F. Goddard, c. McBurgess, b. Nearon…………….1
F. A. Thompson, b. Nearon………………………...0
S. Outerbridge, c. Johnson, b. W. Darrell………...4
J, Brown, b. Nearon………………………………....0
H. Knights, b. W. Darrell…………………………....9
F.A. Smith, c. E. Swainson b. W. Darrell………....1
E. Steed, stpd F. Darrell b. W. Darrell…………….0
R. Richardson, b. W. W. Darrell…………………...5
F. Swainson, not out………………………………..1
C. Steed, b. W. Darrell……………………………...0
St. George’s Cricket Club
S. Tucker, c. Thompson b. Smith………………..32
F. Darrell, c. Smith, b. Brown…………………...103
D. Nearon, b. Smith………………………………...5
W. Darrell, b. S. Outerbridge……………………..63
K. Johnson, c. S. Outerbridge b. Brown………… 0
E. Swainson, c. S. Outerbridge b. Knight………50
A. Watson c. C. Steed, b. S. Outerbridge……….24
A. Steed, c. F. Swainson b. Knight…………….....6
J. Brangman, c. Goddard, b. S. Outerbridge……..1
C. Swainson, c. Goddard, b. S. Outerbridge……..4
M. Burgess, not out…………………………………2
J. Brown, b. Steed…………………………………..2
R. Richardson, b. Steed……………………………1
S. Outerbridge, b. Watson………………………..22
T. Outerbridge, b. C. Swainson………………….. 4
A. Thompson c. Watson 4
H. Knights, not out………………………………….4
F. Goddard, stpd. Darrell b. E. Swainson………..3
E. Smith, c. Steed, b. Burgess…………………….6
F. Swainson, c. Watson, b. Brangman…………...1
E. Steed, c. Nearon b. Brangman………………...0
C. Steed, b. Burgess……………………………….0
A. Steed……………….. 3 0 2 10
N. Johnson……………. 2 0 0 2
E. Watson………………4 0 1 12
S. Tucker……………….2 0 0 9
C. Swainson………….. 2 0 1 1
W. Darrell………………2 0 2 10
E. Swainson.…………..3 0 1 7
J. Brangman…………...2 1 2 1
D. Nearon………………1 0 0 1
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Tuesday, June 25, 1929 – Cricket)
Prospect Garrison C.C.
S. M. Yielding, c. E. Swainson b. C. Packwood ……2
L. Pearman c. C. Fox b. F. Swan……………………. 8
Capt. Campbell c. E. Watson b. C. Packwood……..10
S. M. Carter c. E. Dowling b. C. Fox………………...23
Capt. Clissold b. E. Dowling…………………………11
Sergt. Francis b. E. Dowling…………………………..2
L. Cpl. Baldwin b. E. Dowling…………………………0
Capt. Kelsall b. E. Dowling……………………………0
S. Sgt. Honeybourne not out………………………….9
S. Sgt. Stokoe c. & b. C. Fox………………………….4
L. Cpl. Boyce b. F. Darrell……………………………..4
C. Packwood b. Boyce………………………………..30
W. Thompson b. Carter………………………………...7
C. Fox b. Carter…………………………………………8
R. Darrel b. Carter……………………………………..31
E. Watson, c. Campbell b. Baldwin…………………17
F. Swan c. Boyce b. Carter…………………………..16
A. Steed c. Stokoe b. Carter…………………………..6
F. Darrell not out………………………………………40
E. Dowling not out…………………………………….51
E. Swainson did not bat
H. Bascome did not bat
Leon Fox’s XI
F. Jenkins, b. Nearon……………………….4
W. Hayward, b. E. Swainson……………..23
J. Packer, b. E. Swainson………………….1
B. Eve, c. Packwood b. Johnson………...46
J. Hayward, c. E. Swainson b. Johnson….0
E. J. Evans, c. Darrell b. Johnson………... 3
D. Friesenbruch, b. Johnson………………1
W. Friesenbruch, retired hurt………………3
L. Clifford, b. Steed………………………….0
L. Fox, c. Darrell b. Johnson………………1
S. M. Waller, not out………………………...0
E. Swainson …………………...2 for 16 runs
W. Darrell……………………….1 “ 14 “
C.C. Packwood………………...0 “ 8 “
A. Steed………………………...1 “ 13 “
E. Watson………………………0 “ 3 “
S. Tucker……………………….0 “ 10 “
K. Johnson…………………….5 ” 17 “
D. Nearon……………………....1 “ 14 “
St. George’s C.C
C. Packwood, c. W. Hayward b. J. Hayward…..13
W. Thompson, b. D. Friesenbruch………………8
S. Tucker, c. & b. J. Hayward…………………...14
E. Swainson, c. Packer b. J. Hayward…………22
D. Nearon, c. D. Friesenbruch b. J. Hayward....52
F. Darrell, b. D. Friesenbruch…………………….0
A. Steed, c. Eve b. J. Hayward…………………...0
C.C. Packwood, not out………………………….36
W. Darrell run out………………………………...37
K. Johnson, c. Evans b. Fox……………………...1
E. Watson, c. Clifford, b. D. Friesenbruch…….22
St. George’s C.C.
S. Steede, sic. b. Smith……………………..46
F. Darrell, c. E. Symonds b. A. Symonds…42
C.C. Packwood, b. A. Symonds……………..6
E. Dowling, b. A. Smith……………………..26
S. Tucker, retired…………………………...101
E. Watson, b. Gilbert………………………….0
W. Thompson, run out……………………….5
W. Darrell, not out…………………………..25
D. Nearon, not out……………………………7
E. Swainson, sic. did not bat……………….0
K. Johnson, did not bat……………………...0
E. Symonds, stpd. b. Packwood…………..17
O. Burrows, c. Watson b. Packwood………6
P. Ratteray, c. Darrel b. Watson………….12
O.A.L. Henry, c. Dowling b. Darrell………19
D. Richards, stpd., b. Darrell……………...18
A. Smith, not out……………………………57
A. Symonds, b. Swainson………………...19
C. Gilbert, c. W. Darrell b. Nearon………...2
L. Trott, run out……………………………...2
W. Bean, c. Dowling, b. Swainson………. 6
A. Jones, not out…………………………...10
The following have been selected to represent St. George’s in the annual cup match which takes place next Thursday and Friday at Somerset.
E. Swainson, (capt.); K. Johnson, (vice-capt.); A. Steed, W. Darrell, S. Tucker, C. Packwood, D. Nearon, F. Darrell, E. Dowling, W. Thompson, E. Watson.
Extra men: C.C. Packwood and R. Darrell.
Umpire: S.M. Weller; Scorer: E. Ward.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Monday, July 29, 1929 – The Annual Cup Match, St. George’s XI Selected)
ANNUAL CUP MATCH
St. George’s Make Fine Recovery After Poor Start
Somerset Responds With Good Score –
Exciting Finish Expected Today –
Only Nine Runs Separate Rivals
St. George’s 1stInnings
F. Darrell c. E. Hunt b. O. Simons…………….6
D. Nearon c. A. Durrant b. H. Burgess……….6
W. Darrell b. O. Simons…………………........11
S. Tucker c. W. Simmons b. H. Burgess……..4
E. Swainson c. Amon Hunt b. Simons……….6
A. Steed c. E. Durrant b. Burgess……….......75
W. Thompson c. E. Durrant b. Burgess…….14
C. Packwood c. A. Durrant b Alma Hunt.......65
E. Dowling run out……………………………..0
K. Johnson b. H. Burgess……………………18
E. Watson not out………………………………4
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Monday, August 2, 1929 – Annual Cup Match – St. George’s Makes Fine Recovery After Poor Start)
ANNUAL CUP MATCH
Thrilling Game Ends in Draw
DOGGED DEFENCE SAVES SOMERSET IN BATTLE AGAINST TIME
Record Crowds Watch Finest Game in History of Cup
First Day’s Play
* * *
Second Day’s Play
How Hamilton Received The News
St. George’s 1stInnings
F. Darrell c. E. Hunt b. O. Simons…………….6
D. Nearon c. A. Durrant b. H. Burgess……….6
W. Darrell b. O. Simons………………………11
S. Tucker c. W. Simmons b. H. Burgess……..4
E. Swainson c. Amon Hunt b. Simons……….6
A. Steed c. E. Durrant b. Burgess……………75
W. Thompson c. E. Durrant b. Burgess……..14
C. Packwood c. A. Durrant b. Alma Hunt…...65
E. Dowling run out……………………………...0
K. Johnson b. H. Burgess…………………….18
E. Watson not out……………………………….4
Eric Hunt c. Nearon b. Darrell………………..25
E. Durrant b. Dowling…………………………..0
A. Smith c. Nearon b. Watson………………..34
A. Durrant c. Watson b. Steed………………..25
E. Gilbert c. Swainson b. Steed……………...29
H. Burgess l.b.w. b. Steed……………………...3
Alma Hunt b. Steed……………………………54
C. Philpott b. S. Tucker…………………………4
W. Simmons c. & b. Steed……………………..0
O. Simons b. Darrell…………………………..23
THE ANNUAL CUP MATCH
Full Scores of Second Innings
D. Nearon c. E. Hunt b. O. Simons……………0
S. Tucker b. E. Gilbert…………………………42
W. Darrell b. O. Simons……………………… 10
E. Swainson c. Alma Hunt b. H. Burgess…...37
E. Dowling c. Alma Hunt b. W. Simmons….. 27
A. Steed b. Alma Hunt………………………...16
W. Thompson b. Alma Hunt……………………4
C. Packwood c. A. Durrant b. W. Simmons…11
F. Darrell not out……………………………….16
K. Johnson not out…………………………….16
E. Watson did not bat…………………………...2
E. Durrant b. A. Steed…………………………11
E. Hunt c. E. Dowling b. E. Watson…………...2
A. Smith c. W. Thompson b. E. Watson…......16
E. Gilbert c. F. Darrell b. A. Steed.……….......16
A. Durrant c. E. Watson b. Dowling………….25
Amon Hunt b. W. Darrell………………………12
H. Burgess c. W. Thompson b. A Steed……....8
C. Philpott not out………………………………..7
Alma Hunt b. S. Steed…………………………..9
W. Simmons c. K. Johnson b. Steed………….0
O. Simons not out ………………………………4
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Tuesday, August 6, 1929 – Full Scores of Second Innings)
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Tuesday, August 6, 1929 – List of Prizes.
THE BERMUDA OVERSEAS CRICKET TOUR – 1929
Edward Swainson aged 27 born St. Georges and employed as a Waiter.
Amon Hunt aged 26 born Somerset and employed as a Sailor.
Eric Hunt aged 24 born Somerset and employed as a Cook.
Alma Hunt aged 19 born Somerset and employed as a Postman.
Eldon Gilbert aged 23 born Hamilton and employed as a Tailor.
John D. Nearon aged 19 employed as a Cabinet maker.
Arthur N. Hayward aged 32 employed as a Coachman.
Albert S. Fox aged 39 employed as a Waiter.
Samuel Tucker aged 23 employed as a Tailor.
Walter Darrell aged 20 employed as a Labourer.
Arthur Durrant aged 21 employed as a Carpenter.
O’Brien Simons aged 25 born Somerset employed as an Electric Welder.
Bermuda Overseas XI v. All Antigua XI
“This game was played at Dyckman Oval, New York on Thursday, August 8, before a crowd estimated at 1,000. The chief features were the fine batting of Gilbert, Hunt and Richardson and the wicket-keeping of C. Fox. All Antigua had only four men out with score of 122, but were all dismissed for 129 runs.”
Bermuda Overseas XI
A. Hayward c. Thomas b. Henry………………..2
E. Gilbert c. Emanuel b. Joseph………………60
S. Tucker b. Gore……………………………….16
Alma Hunt l.b.w., b. Joseph……………………82
R. Richardson c. Allen b. Joseph……………..41
E. Swainson, not out……………………………..4
C. Fox, not out……………………………………5
All Antigua XI
W. Allen b. Darrell……………………………….5
N. Thomas c. & b. Tucker……………………..30
W. Emanuel, hit wkt b. Tucker……………......31
G. Mulvaney b. Simons……………………….34
W. Gore b. Simons…………………………….17
O. Phillips c. Philpott b. Simons…………….....1
E. Myke c. Richardson b. Swainson………….0
W. Thomas b. Swainson……………………….0
S. Henry c. Philpott b. Simons………………...0
B. Joseph b. Swainson………………………...0
C. Joseph b. Swainson………………………...4
E. Skerritt, not out………………………………0
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Wednesday, August 14, 1929 –
Bermudians Score Easy Victory Over Gleaners
SWAINSON RETIRES AFTER PASSING CENTURY
NEW YORK. August, 13th
Eric Hunt c. w.k. b. Dash…………………..34
D. Nearon b. Sealy…………………………87
E. Swainson retired………………………114
Amon Hunt c. Dash b. Gittens……………40
Chas. Fox c. w.k. b. Gittens………………...4
S. Tucker run out…………………………..53
Alma Hunt c. w.k. b. Dash………………….6
R. Richardson st. w.k. b. Dash…………….0
O. Simons not out………………………….62
R. Darrell did not bat
E. Gilbert did not bat
G. Springer b. O. Simons…………………..0
A. Gittens run out…………………………...0
R. Ford c. Philpott b. O. Simons…………..0
D. Bennett c. Darrell b. O. Simons………..0
A. Dash b. E. Swainson…………………..57
R. Spencer b. R. Darrell…………………….9
P. Braithwaite b. O. Simons………………..2
H. Sealy b. Am. Hunt……………………….9
H. Dear not out……………………………... 6
D. Lewis c. Gilbert b. Swainson…………...0
L. McBayne c. and b. Swainson…………..0
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Saturday, August 17, 1929 – Overseas Cricket Tour – Bermudian Score Easy Victory over Gleaners – Swainson Retires After Passing Century – New York, August 13th)
Splendid Win Against Montserrat
NEW YORK ALSO BEATEN
* * *
Bermuda Overseas Touring Team v. Cosmopolitan League
Played at Innesfall Park, August 13, and left drawn
Cosmopolitan League of N.Y.
E. Hackett l.b.w. b. Darrell……………………….3
A. Mayers c. Gilbert b. Swainson……………..11
C. Brown st. w.k. B. Gilbert……………………...8
A. Dash c. Al. Hunt b. A. Hunt………………...71
S. Trottman b. Gilbert……………………………0
H. Edgehill b. Swainson……………………….20
R. Padmore c. A. Hunt b. Al. Hunt……………28
R. Cook b. Al. Hunt……………………………..11
G. Cunliffe c. w.k. b. Al Hunt……………………2
R. Holder c. Simons b. Al. Hunt……………….19
C. Claffie not out………………………………….5
Alma Hunt: 4 wickets for 14 runs
Amon Hunt: 1 wicket for 27 runs
Gilbert: 2 wickets for 27 runs
Swainson: 2 wickets for 50 runs
Darrell: 1 wicket for 22 runs
Eric Hunt c. Padmore b. Mayers………………4
E. Gilbert c. Claffie b. Padmore……………….6
Alma Hunt b. Mayers…………………………...0
O. Simons b. Trottman…………………………4
S. Tucker c. Dash b. Padmore………………..2
E. Swainson c. Dash b. Padmore…………..21
C. Philpott c. Brown b. Edgehill……………..13
Amon Hunt st. w.k. b. Padmore………………6
D. Nearon not out…………………………….12
W. Darrell not out………………………………3
C. Fox did not bat -
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Saturday, August 24, 1929 – Cricket Tour – Splendid Win Against Montserrat – New York Also Beaten)
Bermudians in Form at Dyckman Oval
“The Montserrat C.C. found the touring Bermudians in militant mood on Tuesday, August 20, at Dyckman Oval. Batting first Montserrat could muster only 109 runs, to which Bermuda replied with the stupendous score of 405. The Bermuda team flogged the bowling with unflagging severity. “War Baby” justified his popular pseudonym by scoring 120 and then retired undefeated. His batting was reminiscent of the 1925 tour, and in like manner he hit the ball to every point of the compass, Walter Darrell and he putting on 175 for the third wicket, a record for New York. Fox hit 18 fours and 6 sixes in scoring 120, and did not do much running between the wickets.
“Darrell playing a very free bat hit 10 fours and one six. Eric Hunt, emulating his captain, hit 18 fours and 2 sixes. Eric, by the way, is keeping wicket very effectively. Standing back from the wicket, he seldom misses a catch, and gives away nothing. The cleanliness of his “keeping” is much admired in New York. This being his first year of wicket-keeping he gives promise of developing into a keeper of the very highest class.”
B’da Overseas Touring Team vs. Montserrat
W. Shot c. Nearon b. Amon Hunt ……………..4
W. Gore b. Nearon………………………………0
W. Hubbard b. Nearon…………………………..1
P. Dyer c. w.k. b. Nearon………………………..8
R. Solomon c. Alma Hunt b. Amon Hunt…….16
A. McMorris st. w.k. b. Gilbert…………………37
G. Archibald b. Simons………………………….4
G. French b. Simons…………………………...24
T. Osborne b. Amon Hunt………………………0
B. Dash sic. c. Nearon b. Simons…………….15
A. Weekes not out……………………………….0
D. Nearon b. Dyer………………………………37
A. Hayward l.b.w. b. Dyer……………………...12
W. Darrell c. Gore b. Dyer……………………..70
C. Fox retired………………………………….120
Alma Hunt b. Osborne…………………………..0
S. Tucker b. Osborne…………………………..16
Amon Hunt b. Dash……………………………..6
E. Swainson c. Gore b. McMorris…………….18
E. Hunt c. McMorris b. Dash………………….89
O. Simons b. McMorris………………………….6
E. Gilbert not out……………………………….13
Results of all matches played to date by Bermuda Team: –
Match Score Opponents Score Result
1. 227 for 5 wkts. Antigua 129 Won by 98 runs & 5 wkts
2. 160 N.Y. League 41 Won by 119 runs
3. 203 St. Kitts C.C. 137 Won by 66 runs
4. 415 for 7 wkts. Gleaners’ C.C. 90 Won by 325 runs & 3 wkts
5. 42 for 9 wkts. B’da-W.I. C.C. of
Montclair, N.J. 68 Drawn
6. 79 for 8 wkts. Cosmopolitan L’gue. 183 Drawn
7. 224 N.Y. – B’da C.C. 107 Won by 117 runs
8. 405 Montserrat C.C. 109 Won by 296 runs
Appended are the scores: –
R. Cook c. Richardson b. Tucker……..15
O. Layne c. Alma Hunt b. Darrell………0
G. Bignall c. Nearon b. Darrell………..34
N. Allan b. Alma Hunt…………………...7
G. Bourne run out……………………...14
R. Griffith c. Fox b. Swainson………….8
R. Holder c. Fox b. Darrel………………0
E. Knight not out……………………….16
O. Gale b. Darrell………………………..0
H. Nichol b. Darrell……………………...0
C. Lashley run out………………………1
E. Hunt run out………………………...30
W. Darrell c. Knight b. Griffith…………4
R. Richardson c. Layne b. Griffith…….6
S. Tucker c. Layne b. Nichol…………13
C. Philpott c. Lashley b. Griffith……...55
E. Swainson b. Nichol…………………7
Alma Hunt b. Nichol……………………4
A. Durrant c. Griffith b. Nichol……….10
C. Fox c. Layne b. Lashley…………..10
B. Nearon b. Griffith…………………..14
O. Simons not out……………………..22
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Wednesday, August 28, 1929 – Cricket Tour – Bermudians in Form at Dyckman Oval)
NEW YORK, August, 27th
“Another drawn game went to the credit of the visiting cricketers from Bermuda as a result of their test match with a picked team of the West Indian Cricket Club of New York at Dyckman Oval, before a crowd of 2,000 yesterday. The New Yorkers batted first and readily mastered the bowling of the Bermudians who had to concede a total of 188 before the side was out. When time was called the visitors had scored 125 for the loss of four wickets, so honours were fairly even.
“On behalf of the New York West Indians, Ben Charles gave a fine exhibition of free hitting, and accounted for a score of 85 before he was caught out. His innings included three sixes and eleven hits for four. E. Best, 37; and R. Adler, 30 aided materially in boosting the score. E. Swainson and O. Simons of the touring side did most damage with the ball.
Occasional short news-clips out of New York were received by the local press and updated the Island’s cricket fans as follows: –
Drawn Game with the West Indian C.C.
NEW YORK. August, 25th
West Indians C.C.
R. Gibbs, b. Simon………………………..8
R. Hope, b. Simon………………………...7
D. McClean, l.b.w., b. Simon…….............3
R. Alder, run out…………………………30
B. Clarke, c. Durrant b. Alma Hunt…….85
A. Lewis, b. Swainson……………………3
J. Robinson, c. Nearon b. Swainson…...2
O. Layne, c. Amon Hunt b. Swainson….4
O. Thomas, c. E. Hunt b. Amon Hunt…..0
E. Best, b. Darrell………………………...37
H. Hunt, not out……………………………1
Eric Hunt, b. Alder……………………….18
D. Nearon, c. Clarke b. Alder…………...23
C. Philpott, c. Clarke b. Alder…………….0
E. Swainson, c. Robinson b. Alder……..62
S. Tucker, not out………………………..19
A. Durrant, not out………………………...0
Total (4 wickets)………………………...125
Amon Hunt, Alma Hunt, C. Fox, O. Simon and W. Darrell did not bat.
Four Balls – 22 Runs: A Tied Score
AND A WIN BY ONE RUN
NEW YORK. August, 24th
A. Mayers, stpd. w.k., b. Tucker………………4
C. Cunliffe, c. w.k., b. Simons……………….13
V. Greenidge, b. Simons………………………3
A. Lewis, b. Darrell……………………………17
B. Dash, c. Al Hunt, b. Simons……………...16
H. Edgehill, b. Darrell………………………...14
L. Alleyne, not out…………………………….15
H. Hunte, c. Nearon b. Darrell………………...1
K. Norgrove, c. Darrell b. Swainson………..43
O. Gittens, b. Al Hunt………………………….2
G. Davis, c. Nearon b. Tucker………………...3
Bermuda Touring Team
D. Nearon, run out…………………………...24
E. Hunt, b. Lewis……………………………..29
Al. Hunt, c. Lewis, b. Edgehill………………..6
C. Fox, not out………………………………..94
A. Hayward, b. Alleyne………………………. 5
S. Tucker, c. Norgrove b. Lewis……………...5
E. Swainson, not out………………………….7
E. Gilbert, did not bat………………………… -
W. Darrell……………………………………… -
A. Walcott, b. Darrell………………………..1
L. Braithwaite, b. Simons…………………..4
E. Griffith, c. Alma Hunt b. Darrell………...4
K. Margetson, b. Darrell……………………6
W. Gise, b. Darrell………………………….9
V. Sween, b. Tucker………………………16
C. Carter, run out…………………………...9
E. Margetson, c. Simons b. Tucker……….1
A. Lewis, not out ………………………….18
E. Mapp, b. Swainson……………………..8
F. Marshall, not out………………………...5
D. Nearon, b. Lewis………………………...3
E. Gilbert, c. Walcott b. Lewis……………..3
E. Swainson, c. wk., b. C. Carter.………..12
C. Fox, l.b.w. b. C. Carter………………….0
S. Tucker, c. E. Margetson b. Lewis…….17
C. Philpott, c. Lewis b. Mapp………………9
A. Durrant, c. E. Margetson b. Mapp……...5
Alma Hunt, c. Lewis b. Mapp………………0
Eric Hunt, not out………………………….10
O. Simons, c. Margetson b. Mapp………...4
W. Darrell, c. wk., b. Lewis……………….20
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Wednesday, September 4, 1929 – Cricket With A Thrill, Win By One Run)
CRICKET TOUR ENDS:
13 WINS IN 18 MATCHES
No. of No. of Highest Times
Batsmen Innings Runs Score not out Average
C. Fox………....... 13 290 120* 5 36.25
C. Philpott……… 11 300 68 2 33.30
S. Tucker………. 16 300 63* 5 27.27
E. Swainson…... 16 281 114* 5 25.55
D. Nearon……… 14 287 87 3 26
Eric Hunt………. 16 357 89 1 25.18
W. Darrell……… 10 137 70 4 22.83
Amon Hunt……. 6 116 40 1 23.20
Alma Hunt…….. 13 238 82 0 18.30
O. Simons…….. 11 174 62* 3 21.75
A. Hayward…… 7 75 33 2 15.00
E. Gilbert……… 11 119 60 1 14.90
R. Richardson.. 5 60 41 – 12.00
A. Durrant……. 7 61 28 1 10.16
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wicket
E. Gilbert…….. 33 9 37 8 4.62
O. Simons…… 156 37 399 41 9.7
W. Darrell……. 174 32 461 37 12.5
E. Swainson… 117 19 354 32 11.06
Alma Hunt…… 90 16 254 23 11.01
S. Tucker……. 70 5 216 20 10.08
Amon Hunt…. 42 6 130 7 18.55
D. Nearon…... 16 4 62 6 10.33
A. Durrant….. 5 – 11 4 11
Eric Hunt…… 3 2 1
R. Richardson 2 – 13
E. Swainson has been voted the best all-rounder of the team
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated Monday, September 16, 1929 – Overseas Cricket Tour Review, Most Successful of Five so Far Undertaken)
THE FIRST ACCREDITED MENTION of the nickname “Bosun” in reference to Edward R. Swainson occurred on February 8, 1930 when it was reported as follows in a short column concerning his actions in a football game:
EAST END NEWS – FOOTBALL
“The eagerly anticipated match between the “Collegians” and “Veterans” took place on Thursday afternoon, on the Recreation Field, and the spectators were treated to a fast and interesting exhibition of football. Contrary to expectations the “Collegians” proved victorious by 3 goals to 2 goals. At half-time the “Collegians” led by 2 goals to 1, Casey and F. Swainson scoring for the first named, and “Bosun” Swainson netting for the “Veterans”. ……………..
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily dated February 8, 1930 – East End News, Football)
As you read you will come across examples of the many variations of the nickname “Bosun” when referring to Edward Swainson. We have preserved the name as written.
There followed from about this date the persistent mention of “Bosun’s” elder brother Charles Swainson who later became known as “21”. The two brothers are often recorded as playing together on the field and it must have been easier during many game reports to differentiate them by nickname.
Continuing his footballing interests “Bosun” is again recorded in early March in a combined team effort against the White Horse Rovers for the Garrison Cup:-
“The brothers’ Swainson played a nice combined game, and Thompson at outside left got in some promising runs, and this player opened the scoring with a fast shot that completely beat Boyd…………...
“Charlie Moss was tackling well, and the White Horses should have drawn level as D. Spurling and R. Sylvester had several attempts to find the net, but ill-luck dogged their efforts, and from a breakaway C. Swainson scored a fine goal, and before half-time “Bosun” Swainson banged the ball past Boyd and scored a third goal…………
“D. Spurling got through again for the “White Horses and the whistle went a few minutes later with the “Collegians and Veterans” winners of an interesting and sporting game by 4 goals to 2 goals.”
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily dated March 8, 1930 – East End News, Garrison Cup Football)
East End News Cricket Notes recorded that ‘St. George’s were in Splendid Form’ when they faced a Picked Team shortly before the upcoming great game:
“The last game that the St. George’s players will take part in before the great “Test” on Thursday and Friday next was played before a large crowd…….on the Wellington Ground, and the St. George’s men gained a great victory on the eve of their match with Somerset, which should give them plenty of confidence for the match on the Somerset field…………………..
“When St. George’s went in to bat, the result was a foregone conclusion, and the weak bowling was unmercifully punished. The necessary runs for victory were soon knocked up for the loss of only 1 wicket. “Bosun” Swainson wisely altered his order of batting, and Steede who was the last man, did not bat. S. Tucker and E. Swainson both retired when either looked good for a century, but this was not the end of the side………….
“The local enthusiasts quite justifiably feel that St. George’s must win the “Cup Match” and the players, if they show the form of yesterday, should easily defeat Somerset by a big margin.”
St. George’s Cricket Club:
S. Tucker, retired…….……………41
Total for 8 wickets……………….303
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily dated July 26, 1930 – East End News, Cricket Notes)
The Bermuda National Library’s Digital Collection includes issues of the Bermuda Recorder (July 1933 - July 1975) and the Royal Gazette (1784 - February 1939)
Regrettably, for both The Recorder and the Royal Gazette newspapers, there are some daily, weekly and annual issues missing in their entirety from the Library records. The Annual Cup Match sporting events cannot therefore be digitally transcribed here.
The Recorder was published from 18 July 1925 to 12 July 1975. This paper was started by Mr. R. Rubain, D. Augustus, H. Hughes, J. Martin, and A.B. Place – as a "newspaper in the interest of the coloured people of Bermuda." The copies presented here are taken from the microfilm collection at the Bermuda National Library and offers access to a selection of newspapers from July 1933 to July 1975.
[Note above the absence from Library records of The Recorder newspaper throughout the period 18 July 1925 to June 1933. These volumes may exist in private collections however, and it is to be hoped that in the fullness of time they will be lodged for safekeeping at the Bermuda National Library for the enjoyment of generations to come.
Similarly, between the dates of Saturday 27 July to Wednesday 03 August 1932 publications of The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily cannot be located digitally. Since the 1932 Cup Match fell within this period it cannot be transcribed from digital sources but transcription and recording was accomplished as follows - in part, from an inferior hard copy]
The Cup Match team selection of the side to oppose Somerset in the forthcoming battle was a rather difficult task according to the East End News. During a prolonged meeting of the St. George’s Committee on the 22nd July certain difficulties arose and the final decision was not made until the following day.
“The only surprise when the team was published was the non-selection of Cyril Packwood, who, practically at his own request, was dropped in favour of Watson. He has not had the opportunity for much practice this season, and has not accomplished anything of note with the bat. He is a most attractive bat, and disappointment will be expressed at his absence from the great game this year.
“The team selected was: – E. Swainson, (Captain) B. Lamb, C. Fox, F. Darrell, S. Darrell, W. Darrell, E. Dowling, D. Nearon, A. Steede, E. Watson, and C.C. Packwood.
“At the moment F. Darrell, the wicket keeper, is indisposed, but it is hoped he will have recovered sufficiently to be able to take part in the game.
“Though on paper the chances of Somerset retaining possession of the ‘Cup’ look rather good, the match furnishes upsets every year.
“As usual the “Corona” has been chartered and a record number should leave the East End……. The railway will also carry its quota of supporters.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 26, 1932 – East End News, Cup Team Chosen) [No digital - inferior hard copy only]
THIRTY SECOND ANNUAL “CUP” MATCH STARTS TODAY
“Today, on the Royal Naval Cricket ground at Somerset, the 1932 struggle for the “Cup” begins at 10.30 a.m. The test matches of Somerset and St. George’s have been closely scrutinized, and the general consensus of opinion is that the Somerset side will retain the Cup.
“On the other hand, St. George’s have chosen a team which, whatever it may lack on paper, is composed of men well-tried in all branches of the game. The difficulty with which the St. George’s side was chosen has centered attention upon the composition of the team, but the critics may well be confounded. St. Georgians, at all events, are satisfied that their team will acquit itself well.
“……………Whilst St. George’s are not considered to be on their best form, their test match record is by no means bad. They will be led by E. Swainson. The waiting men will be C. Swainson and W. Burch.
“The match will be under the patronage of His Excellency the Governor Lieut.-General Sir T. Astley Cubitt. The Band of the 1st. Battn: Northumberland Fusiliers will play a programme of music each day.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 28, 1932 – Thirty Second Annual “Cup” Match Starts Today. Somerset Are Fancied More Generally. St. George’s Team Chosen With Difficulty. Special Transportation Arrangements) [No digital - inferior hard copy only]
SOMERSET GAIN EXCELLENT LEAD IN CUP MATCH
Alma Hunt Almost Beats Record
St. George’s Early Wickets Fall Cheaply
Close of play scores: Somerset 185 All Out, 73 for 3; St. Georges 110
“Promptly at 10 the captains tossed. Somerset went out and their skipper decided to open the batting………………..
“St George’s ragged fielding was responsible for a large number of the steady flow of runs which followed, the score jumping to 60 and then quickly to 70………… C. Packwood took over Steede’s share of the attack and St. Georges’ re-set their field entirely, but again their change of action was unavailing.
“E. Swainson, the St. George’s captain, decided to take Watson’s place, but off his first ball A. Hunt scored a pretty four, thus completing the first century amid great enthusiasm. Thereafter, St. George’s changed their bowlers fairly rapidly……… E Dowling again taking up the attack at the opposite end by relieving Swainson……..
“[A.] Hunt sent the total to the 140 mark with a clean drive to the boundary, his score at this time being 80. This total brought him within measurable distance of the Cup match record of 84……………….. The fielders were beginning to show signs of the hard work they had been put to in the intense heat when …… the total was 157 runs for five wickets…………..
“During the lunch interval His Excellency chatted with members of both teams, [and] evidenced great interest in the game……………….
“Warren Simmons, the leader of the team, hit a ball high and was caught by E. Swainson, who had a long distance to run to reach the catch. Simmons scored 5, the Somerset innings ending with the imposing total of 185 at 2.30.”
“St. George’s opened…………. The speed with which the St. George’s wickets fell in this game will long be remembered………… Excitement ran high in the crowd, which by this time had reached record proportions.
“There was considerable doubt whether the St. Georgians would ever reach the century mark, and this dismal speculation seemed only too well founded when E. Swainson, the East End skipper, was caught for 2 by Amon Hunt off O. Symons with the tally registering a meagre 30 runs. Steede during this partnership with his captain succeeded in obtaining the first six fore his side; Swainson had hit up two when he was caught out.
“C. Fox (“War Baby”) was ninth man in, and of him great things were expected………… “War Baby,” with a boundary off Symonds, sent the St. George’s side over the century, following it with singles and a six which put another ten on the score………….
With Watson run out at 10 and “War Baby” at 15 not out, the St. George’s total for the first innings was 110. This gave Somerset a first-innings lead of 75.
“Somerset began their second innings shortly after 5 o’clock……………It was some time before 30 was registered. Swainson relieved Watson and runs again came freely, excellent timing by the batsmen playing havoc with the bowling and fielding. It was not surprising that the 40, 50 and 60 marks were rapidly passed……………..
“[At 71 for two wickets] Somerset’s W. Douglas proved to be equally unfortunate, and he too succumbed when attempting a single run. Smart fielding by St. George’s, who were now realizing the magnitude of the task facing them, told its tale………….
“The last man to bat [today] ……… scored one before play was brought to close with the score at 73 for three wickets. The crowd was a record one, it is stated. The steamboats had the majority of the traffic occasioned by the match, rail travel being very light. Carriages were requisitioned by the score, and bicycles played their usual part in the transportation of the Cup Match crowd.
“Reid Hall made arrangements for keeping Hamiltonians forced to stay in the City in touch with the game, and their running commentary was followed keenly by a large crowd in Reid Street.
“Somerset 1st Innings – Warren Simmons, c E. Swainson, b Steede 5”
“Fall of wickets: – 1 for 6, 2 for 16, 3 for 23, 4 for 116, 5 for 157, 6 for 157, 7 for 165, 8 for 177, 9 for 183, 10 for 185.”
“St. George’s 1st Innings – E. Swainson, c Amon Hunt, b O. Symons 2”
“Fall of wickets: – 1 for 0, 2 for 4, 3 for 22, 4 for 22, 5 for 30, 6 for 31, 7 for 77, 8 for 84, 9 for 85, 10 for 110.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 29, 1932 – Somerset Gain Excellent Lead In Cup Game; Alma Hunt Almost Beats Record) [No digital - inferior hard copy only]
SOMERSET SKITTLE DOWN ST. GEORGE’S WICKETS
Gain Victory By 239 Runs In Two Innings
St. George’s Crack Badly in their Second Innings
Score only 60 Against West Enders’ 299
“A smashing victory of 239 runs gained for Somerset C.C. the honour of holding the Cup for a successive year yesterday. Steady, consistent play by the West End side, and a dismaying falling-off by the St. Georgians, were responsible for this not unexpected result…………….
“Somerset batted excellently throughout the morning to pile up a total of 224. St. George’s did not open auspiciously, and wickets began to fall to the Somerset bowlers from the first. Alma Hunt showed his versatility by completing a “hat trick” with the ball, in addition to the individual record he created the day before with a batting score of 82. The previous record, we are now informed, was only 30.
“………… Several shifts in the St. George’s bowling were evidence of the East Enders’ growing uneasiness at the accumulating score and the dwindling time………….
The tally stood at 134-8-11…….. [Un-decipherable paragraphs]……. Alma Hunt therefore broke the record with his 82 on Thursday. The record, we are informed, was made in 1905 by Christopher Tucker playing at Somerset
“AFTERNOON PLAY – Elliot Simons received the first ball on the resumption after lunch. E. Swainson faced him with the ball, and only one run was made in this first over.
Walter Darrell was the other St. George’s bowler. A four and a single by Arthur Simons took Somerset’s score to the double century, amid scenes of wild enthusiasm. The crowd had grown steadily and by now had outstripped all previous attendance it was believed. There were many more present than on the opening day.
“The Simons’ partnership seemed unbreakable, and Steede took up bowling, only to be hit out of the field for the first six of the day, a shot by Elliot Simons. The 210 point was soon passed the runs continuing to pile up quickly. Bowler after bowler was tried by St. George’s in efforts to break the partnership of the Simons, and it was not until the 220 had been passed, that Arthur Simons, who had scored 44 runs, was caught by E. Swainson off Packwood. The Somerset second innings was thus brought to a close……the score 224…….. St. George’s had a deficit of 299 to wipe off in their second innings, and it was evident they could not do it. On the other hand, they had a chance of forcing a draw if they could hold out until play had to be finished.
“It was 2.45 when St. George’s opened their second innings with S. Darrell and W. Darrell wielding the willow……….. Somerset was more than alive to the possibilities of their heavy scoring, and their fielding was a joy to watch…………..
“E. Swainson, the St. George’s captain, fared as badly as his team mates. He was clean bowled by Alma Hunt with the score at 31. St. George’s were rapidly losing what slim chances they had……………. The game became little but a procession of players to and from the pavilion now. ………… Alma Hunt was again the successful bowler thereby achieving the “hat trick.” Watson followed Nearon, to see Fox trail off to the pavilion very quickly afterwards. Fox had made a very useful 10, but 50,s and not 10,s were required to stop the rot. With eight wickets down for 50 runs, St. George’s had little hope of forcing a draw, much less of gaining the cup. ……………Lamb, who had been suffering an injury, was the last man to bat for St. George’s. He held up his wicket for some considerable time, but not many ruins were added. Soon after 60 had been placed on the board C. C. Packwood was caught by Eric Hunt off Alma Hunt, with his score one. Somerset had more than borne out the prophecies concerning them by gaining a victory of 289 runs……………..”
Somerset 1st Innings
Warren Simmons, c. E. Swainson, b Steede 5
St. George’s 1st Innings
E. Swainson, c Amon Hunt, b O. Symons 0
Bowling Analysis: – E. Swainson 2 wickets for 11
Somerset 2nd Innings
A. Simons, c E. Swainson, b C.C. Packwood 14
St. George’s 2nd Innings
E. Swainson, b Alma Hunt 0
Even so, as an ex-skipper and despite his injury, he was considered to be such a valuable part of the team that he was still selected as a player and managed to score a creditable 32 runs before having to leave the game after a ball rose and struck him and he had to rest for very short time before resuming.
During the St. George’s fielding Swainson had to leave the game again after straining a muscle in a vain endeavor to stop a drive from Hunt. He was rushed to the Hospital in an ambulance, where an operation was performed later that night rendering him absent from the second day’s play. The unfortunate accident to Swainson marred the game and his many friends and admirers expressed the hope that he would make a speedy recovery from the operation that was necessary.
For speeches and select parts of the game (see Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 5, 1933 pages 1 & 2)
St. George’s had been favourites to win this 1933 game, but that year before a record breaking crowd the honours went to Somerset Cricket Club led for the first time by Alma “Champ” Hunt.
Even though St. George’s lost, a collection was taken up for “Bo” which realized the sum of £24, and at a Special Meeting of Somerset Cricket Club a further £5 was voted towards helping “Bo” because of his injury. Cricket was certainly paled as a gentlemen’s game in the 1930’s.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 1, (page 7), August 3 (page1), August 4, 1933 (pages 1 & 2), August 5, 1933)
A follow-up report some eight days after “Bosuns’ accident which necessitated a speedy operation revealed that he was still a patient in the hospital. The injury had “undoubtedly had its effect on the moral of the other members of the team. Brilliant all-round cricketer as he is, who can accurately determine what difference his presence would have made on the second day’s play? Defeated, yes, but not discouraged. And our hats are off to our boys for the splendid spirit of sportsmanship the displayed. On their return to St. Georges on Friday evening they were enthusiastically received……….”
(see The Recorder, August 12, 1933)
A prize winning of £1 for the most injured man in the game was drawn at the conclusion of the two days’ play and was later presented to E. Swainson by S.S. Toddings M.C.P.
WEARY WILLIE AND TIRED TIM
The Recorder regularly published ‘conversations’ between two fictional characters, “Weary Willie” from the East End and “Tired Tim” from the West End who would discuss the merits of their two teams and their respective players. These two popular characters were created by Mr. Carl P. Wade especially for The Recorder.
Here are typical examples of the repartee between these two pundits of the noble game beginning in The Recorder on August 12, 1933. Many succeeding conversations included a reference to “Bosun” Swainson.
Good Morning Willie.
Good Morning Tim
…………….Of course Willie I want you to understand I am very sorry for the unfortunate accident that happened to Bosun Swainson your ex-Captain, that alone had a very demoralizing effect upon you cricketers’ playing in the second day’s game. You were one man short, which made a great difference in a game like this. But nevertheless, these things will happen. It happened to us a few years ago………….
On Saturday, August 19, 1933 WEARY WILLIE AND TIRED TIM – continued their friendly weekly banter as follows in The Recorder: –
Good morning Willie.
Good morning Tim – how are you enjoying life?
Fine thank you Tim. I have been to a few picnics this week and I had an enjoyable time. Say, what’s wrong with the proposed Cricket Match that was to come off on Thursday and Friday at Prospect Field?
I don’t quite know myself Willie. It seems there was some trouble over the captain, and through that the whole affair is hushed up.
Well Tim, I guess that was the best thing that could have happened. The promoter hasn’t lost anything, because as far as I can hear, there were very few people going anyhow, and after they found [out] who was going to captain the Pick of Bermuda, that made matters ten times worse. Everybody is waiting for the English team to arrive then you will see the fireworks going off. We people of Bermuda are a very queer lot, we get tired of one thing over and over all the time. Now if your boys from the East End had beaten the boys from the West, and Captain Simmons had been elected to lead the pick of Bermuda against them, you would have seen a wonderful crowd of people present both days.
Then another thing Willie, the public was not satisfied with the pick. For heaven’s sake, when a team of cricketers is picked and is called the pick of Bermuda, the best throughout the island should be picked. What’s wrong with the Portuguese cricketers? They should have a chance at being represented. And then another point, we don’t want any men from the St. George’s Cup Team that has just played against the Somerset Cup Team. Give the other men a chance that have not played against them. Surely we have enough cricketers in Bermuda that could give the West End Boys a good game, without going to take men that [have] just played against them. Pick an entirely new team of White and Coloured and I can bet my life, that you would see what you are paying your money for. ……………..
On Saturday, August 26, 1933 it was reported in The Recorder that at a Special Meeting of the Somerset Cricket Club a sum of ₤5 was voted towards helping E. Swainson who was injured during the last Cup Match.
On the night of Friday, September 15, 1933 a Benefit Social was held the cause being a very worthy one. The Recorder reported the following day that a large crowd had gathered in the Wellington Cricket Grounds at the Benefit Social for the cricketers E. Swainson and C. Raynor and the St. George’s Cricket Club. Mrs. George Steede and Miss O. Welch were the sponsors.
…………The affair was quite a success, and the results gratifying to the promoters.
War Baby’s Overseas Team met a Wellington team captained by Walter Darrell, on Tuesday on the Garrison Field. The occasion was a friendly game of cricket………[when] a collection was taken to assist Bosun Swainson, who it will be remembered, sustained injuries at the last Cup Match, from which he has not yet completely recovered.
(see The Recorder dated November 4, 1933 – Cricket, War Baby’s Overseas Team)
At the Utopia Club during a presentation to departing benefactors – the Waltons:
“Mr. Edward Swainson (Bosun), on behalf of the cricketers also spoke feelingly of the fine spirit displayed by the Waltons’ in the realm of sport ………….. All expressed their regrets at the approaching departure of these two persons who have so endeared themselves to all in St. Georges.”
(see The Recorder dated January 6, 1934)
Early in this New Year “Bosun” became a Committee member of a newly created recreation club as an auxiliary to the St. George’s Cricket Club with premises opening in Water Street, St. George’s.
(see The Recorder dated January 20, 1934)
Bo’s involvement in sports was not just restricted to billiards and cricket. The Recorder published an article in May 1934, about the merger of two tennis teams, the St. George’s Tennis Club, and the Pink and Blue Club, which resulted in Edward “Bo” Swainson being elected President of the new club.
(see The Recorder dated May 19, 1934)
On Saturday, June 30, 1934, in the Recorder on page 3, weekly columnists and friendly rivals WEARY WILLIE AND TIRED TIM again continued their banter thus –
Good morning Willie.
Good morning Tim – what’s the topic this morning?
I hear some very good news from the East End Willie. If it is true, your boys will feel like they have a right to take the cup this year.
What’s that Tim? You have got me all excited now. Let’s hear it.
Well Willie, if reports are true, they tell me you are going to have your old favourite – Boson (sic) Swainson back again.
That sounds too good to be true Tim. I shall be tickled to death if that is true. Do you know Tim that it will be a big stimulus to the St. Georges Cup Team. I don’t mind telling you right now that if Capt. Swainson plays your West End boys want to look to their laurels. Why, that would be like giving our boys dynamite. They will be all fireworks. I feel like going to this match now, Tim. My hopes have gone up fifty percent already for a first class victory. Now you can be assured that you will have a record crowd at Somerset this year.
Oh yea! That’s the way you feel Mr. Willie. Don’t be shocked if we somewhat shatter your dreams of a cheap victory. I want to tell you right now Willie, and do not forget it, you can have all the Bosun Swainson’s it won’t make any difference to those West End boys of mine. They are out for scalps this year, they have been jeered too much since Champ Hunt went away, and if you think we are letting Captain Swainson scare us, you are jolly well mistaken. Not those boys from the West. Why Willie, they are more determined than ever to hold that Cup this year. You don’t know those boys of mine when their dander is up. You would have to kill the whole team before you could ever hope to shift that precious Trophy.
Alright Tim, just you wait and see for yourself.
I’m going to wait Willie, but I will be smiling all the time I am waiting. You said about your hopes going up fifty percent, watch out when they drop. I’d bet you they will be over one hundred percent.
Right you are Tim, just let me remind you we are putting in extensive practice.
So are we, Willie.
Oh Ring off, Tim. What else have you got interesting to tell me?
In their weekly column in The Recorder WEARY WILLIE AND TIRED TIM continued their repartee:
Well I am just hanging on, Willie, until the Cup Match is over, then I am hitting the bright lights of Broadway. Bermuda is alright for invalids and old people, but not for us young bloods of today. We need wider scope for our talents. We are too cooped up. By the way Willie, I see your east End boys pulled off against the North Villagers on Tuesday. I saw a few outstanding bats, but not enough to make my boys of the West End worry. I’ll admit there is a marked improvement in their style of cricket this year, and I venture to say that they have some hopes of a victory in front of them; every man is trying his best this year, and no doubt their hopes are soaring, mountain high.
That is exactly what is taking place Tim, and I can venture to bet, that your West End boys are sitting up and taking notice. We are out to win this year Tim, and with this object in view, you can reckon on us being dangerous rivals. That Cup is going to feel very shaky between now and a couple of weeks’ time. The Olde Towne is beginning to feel the effects of the Cup Match spirit already, and many are the conjectures of the old and young, as to the form of our present Cup-Players.
We are deeply sorry for poor Boswain Swainson (sic). He has out deepest sympathy, but we trust he will someday be permitted once more to occupy his position at the wicket.
It is good to hear you talk so proudly of your boys Willie; it goes to show that public interest is somewhat aroused. The time is slowly drawing near when East meets West in a most trying combat, that is going to prove the mettle of both teams. We have a few more games in front of us, and that is where we hope to see our centre man shine. Hamiltonians are looking forward to seeing young Gilbert taking his place in the team this year, and so far he proving himself a formidable all-rounder. Somerset so far favours his inclusion, and is giving him every opportunity to keep himself in good form. It would mean a lot to the West End, if this young man is given a chance to play for the Cup this year Willie.
Of course Tim you must remember that his average must be first and foremost. It is good there is every chance for him to play.
By the way Tim I am glad to know that the Churches of all denominations are taking the serious question of Moving Pictures seriously. ……………………….
(see The Recorder dated July 21, 1934)
“Bosun” does not appear to have made a showing as a player in this 1934 cup match and there is no comment of any sort in The Recorder concerning the reason for his absence. Play-by-play commentary over the two days of cricket is not therefore recorded here.
“We are still on the lookout for the cup match centurion” – and – “…. the West Enders inflicted a crushing ten wicket defeat on their opponents thereby retaining the historic Cup for the third successive year.
“The St. Georges batting lacked enterprise, and the batsmen seemed to have collapsed in the first innings before they even reached the wickets………..
“The West Enders’ were more effective in their bowling and successfully enterprising in their batting, their early batsmen having fallen cheaply. On the whole the Somerset’s team moved with clockwork precision which was mainly responsible for their overwhelming victory……………”
(see The Recorder dated August 4, 1934 for related opening-day comments)
In their weekly column, Tired Tim from the West End asked of Weary Willie from the East End: –
Now Willie, how about starting our cricket season? I’ve read about the West Indies Teams and the good work they are doing down there against the M.C.C’s. Now don’t you think those East End boys of yours should be getting ready early? It is even the desire of the West End that they shift the Cup this year. If the East Enders make an early start and have good and steady practice with a few of the old boys mixed up, it will make a world of difference. There is Kitchener Johnson, Cyril Packwood and good old Boswain (sic) Swainson, these three would make a big difference in the team this year.
With the backing of their new Club, there is no reason why the West End should not be the losers this year. We are even making drastic changes in our West End team this year which to my mind is going to weaken our boys’ hands, but still I am confident that the West Enders will do their best to give them a good run for their money. So please Willie go down to St Georges and back them up, so that we won’t be disappointed. Now my time is very short Tim, as I am very busy, so Good-night until next week. Good-night Willie
As a matter of interest, earlier in this same column Willie had commented:
I say Tim, is it not sad about Inspector Alderson of our Police Force? He was just a young man and had such a brilliant future ahead of him. What a shame!
(see The Recorder, dated February 23, 1935)
On Thursday, 11th July, 1935 prior to the annual Cup Match game, “Bo” showed that he had returned to form after his injury when he played for St. George’s C.C. in a friendly match against a strong Picked Team led by Mr. J. DeSilva comprising players from Nationals, Young Men’s Social Club, Western Stars, and The Garrison. The Picked Team had made a strong start reaching 83 for one wicket, but they were all out for 164.
St. George’s started slowly until “Bo” Swainson came to the wicket to form a strong partnership first with A. Steede, then Sidney Ming with “Bo” scoring 91 runs which “pulled the game completely out of their opponents’ hands.”
Was this a portent of even better things to come for “Bo”?
We welcome the return of Swainson of whom we expect much. Of course, he cannot give any chances to the West Enders as he did on Thursday.
(see The Recorder July 13, 1935)
The Thirty Third Annual Cup Match was played off on Thursday and Friday at the Naval Field in Somerset before thousands of cricket fans, who saw the Somerset C. C. inflict an eight wicket defeat on their ancient enemy – the St. Georges C. C.
His Excellency the Acting Governor E. J. Waddington O.B.E., C.M.G., accompanied by his A.D.C., and Sir Henry Holberry and Lady Memsforth graced the proceedings on both days, arriving in the morning, while the Band of the 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment discoursed appropriate airs after the luncheon interval on both days.
From far and near the spectators came, finding their allotted space in the reserved marquees, crowding into the stands, and dotting the hillside. St. Georges were hot favourites this year, and the hopes and enthusiasm of their supporters soared on the day when E. Swainson and S. Darrell were making a fighting bid for runs.
“Bo” scored 12 runs in the first innings and a respectable 76 runs in the 2nd innings before being tragically run out. It was reported that he had shown a polished and masterly exhibition of finished strokes all around the wicket
It is clear that “Bo” was widely considered to be an exceptionally talented and experienced cricket player who was highly respected by all. He was clearly in fine form but despite another excellent performance in the 1935 annual Cup Match classic, the St. George’s team went down to an excellent Somerset team
(see The Recorder dated August 3, 1935 for full report and details of the game)
Despite this loss to Somerset, soon-to-be-policeman ‘Bo’ won eleven useful and memorable prizes for his sporting excellence put up for the sponsors including for the best batting in the game, and for the highest individual score (see The Recorder dated August 10, 1935 for the lengthy prize list and sponsors)
The following is a shortened version of a very long list of donors of prizes and the winners in connection with the Annual Somerset – St. Georges Cup Match played at the Naval Filed, Somerset, August 1st and 2nd, 1935: –
Cheque, Dr. Williams M.C.P., highest score in game, either team, E. Swainson
Cheque, Harrington Workmen’s Club, highest score in game, St. George’s, E. Swainson
Cup, Mr. Edgar Burgess, highest individual score, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Bat, Mr. James Richards, highest individual score, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Merchandise, Bda Trading Co. highest score in game, St. Geo., E. Swainson
Merchandise, Mr. W. E. Lockhurst, highest score in game, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Pads, Bda Mineral Water Co., highest score in game, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Pads, H. & W. Frith, best batting in the game, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Merchandise, National Stores, highest score in game, St. Georges, E. Swainson
Cup, Young Men’s Social Club, highest individual score in game, St. Geo., E. Swainson
Cup, H. A. & E. Smith, highest individual score in game, St. Georges, E. Swainson
(see The Recorder, dated August 10, 1935.
JOINING THE BERMUDA POLICE FORCE
Just 4 weeks after playing in Cup Match, Edward Raymond ‘Bosun’ Swainson, made a career move that was a real coup for the Bermuda Police Force, when he joined the Police on 1st September, 1935. He was appointed as a Class III. 3rd Class Constable on 9th September, 1935. His annual salary is recorded in the ‘Colony of Bermuda Blue Book (1936)’ under the Civil Establishment listing as being that of £230.0.0 per annum with a uniform allowance of £24 in lieu of Quarters.
‘Boson’ was appointed under then Chief of Police (Grade Special) Ivo Herbert Evelyn Joseph Stourton, whose annual salary was £670.0.0 with free Quarters provided by the Corporation of Hamilton.
As the approach of autumn heralded the end of the cricket season in Bermuda an Editorial in The Recorder presented the newspapers’ opinion on issues close to many cricketers’ hearts. It stated, in part: –
“It is somewhat incredible (but it is true) that nearly all of the Cup Match cricketers do a bit of training for that Match, and after the “big event” they oil their bats, and rest upon their laurels until the next season. That is, however, not exactly all their fault, as it is customary for the majority of the local players to regard the Cup Match as a fitting climax to their career, instead of considering it the first step on the ladder to bigger and better cricket. The lack of suitable incentives after (or before) Cup Match also contribute to that attitude.
“Our isolation from other countries makes it difficult to have regular tours, and what with the attitude of [the] Bermuda Cricket Association towards the financial and social obligations of the coloured players it is doubtful whether another English team is likely to visit here in the near future. If therefore we do not have contact with seasoned players from abroad, our cricket must see a severe decadence, unless we make an effort to get an All-Bermuda vs Cup-holders Match in which aspirants to honours from all over the island will strive to secure a place.
“We hope the protagonists of the Centre Match will lay their cards on the table during the winter months so that before the 1936 cricket season opens the matter will have been finally settled. There will be no question as to the financial benefits according to all parties, as that end has been thoroughly ventilated and understood. That illusory armour, prestige, that indefinite “unknown quantity,” that algebraical “x” is the backbone of the contention.
“We hope however that in their decisions those concerned may link private, personal and parochial interests so that cricketers of note in the intermediate parishes may be given an opportunity to prove their worth, and that local cricket itself may not fall into decay through a policy which savours of the egoistic.
(see The Recorder dated October 5, 1935).
The following interesting comment referencing "Bosun" was transcribed, in part, from The Recorder under the heading "Boards of Control" -
“The absence of a solid official body among our clubs makes misrepresentation of Bermuda’s cricket much easier. Most of the outside world – if not all – think that the Bermuda Cricket Association takes care of all the important clubs in the colony, although it does not. To quote a case in point: – Quite recently a B.C.A. team toured Canada, and one of its members did so well that he was immediately rated by the Canadian papers “the best all-rounder in Bermuda.
“Of course the Canadian papers did not know that they were over-looking the paramount claims of Alma Hunt, Arthur Simons, Edward Swainson (although he bowls very little), but the impression on the Canadian mind is that the team was representative of Bermuda
It is time to be up and doing ……….. Delays are dangerous. Why not begin now?”
(see The Recorder dated 29 February, 1936)
Benefit cricket was to be enjoyed on Thursday April 30th at White Hill in a game which provided very great interest between Somerset C.C. and the Police C.C.
“The cricket season about to commence promises to be a full one for all the clubs, the Police not being the least among these………..
“There is one fact which we have to bring forcibly before lovers of the game, and that is the present strength of the Police C.C. We must grant that the side about two summers ago was scarcely up to the High School strength but with the augmentation of the force, the Police today can muster a very respectable team indeed.
“Apart from such Cup match stalwarts as Amon Hunt, Edward Swainson and O’Brien Simons, we understand that the Guardians of the Peace have within their ranks two or three English County players. These, in addition to many other players capable of commanding respect, are certainly sufficiently strong on paper to give Somerset a warm reception. There will be an admission fee of one shilling, and the proceeds will be given to the Police Benevolent Fund”
(see The Recorder dated April 25, 1936)
Since the beginning of the season the St. Georges cricketers had covered themselves with glory defeating all teams matched against them in final tests with Captain “Bosun” faultlessly leading the way. Expectations ran high for the East Enders with predictions that when the smoke of battle clears away after the impending 34th Annual encounter the Cup will that night be on display in the Olde Towne.
On Tuesday at the Garrison Recreation Grounds they severely punished an XI team led by Dr. King, which scored 81 to St. Georges 315…………..
On Thursday on the same field in their last big game, before the great event of Thursday and Friday next, they defeated the Young Men’s Social Club whose score of 84 they countered with 180 for 8 wickets…………….
On Friday the St. Georges C.C. met the Rest of St. Georges, and inflicted a severe drubbing on them. St. Georges C.C. scored 235 runs, C. Dismont and E. Swainson playing faultlessly for 107 and 61 respectively. The Rest made the feeble reply of 58 runs.
New features were promised including the use of photographs of the world famous amateurs and professionals in the game. The taking of a Panorama picture is planned together with the likelihood of a few shots being made for the moving pictures. A new Score Board will be in evidence and special trains will run at lower rates.
(see The Recorder dated July 25, 1936)
As it was, before thousands of cricket fans, Somerset retained the trophy in a thrilling struggle after St. George’s made a gallant and creditable bid to win on the second day of play after their collapse in the first innings. The match proved a triumph of the ball over the bat with E. Swainson giving an exhilarating exhibition in the second innings with leg-side strokes showing all the polish of the true artist he is.
(see The Recorder dated August 1, 1936)
The 1936 Cup Match Prize List revealed, in part, the following presentations:
£1: George Williams, M.C.P. For the Captain of the losing team, E. Swainson;
Cricket bat: St. Georges C.C., Second highest score St. Georges team, E. Swainson
(see The Recorder, September 19, 1936 Cup Match Prize List).
Benefit Cricket Match for Alma "Champ" Hunt
In mid-September it was announced that arrangements were underway for a Benefit Match for Alma Hunt on his return from Scotland. The “Champ” Hunt benefit match between the Pick of Bermuda and Somerset was to take place in early October at White Hill Field and those who have been reading of the prowess of the Aberdeenshire professional – and who will find quite a lot about him in the Sports Columns – will have a glorious opportunity of seeing him in action against the Somerset guns after a brilliant season. He should be well worth watching.
Pick of Bermuda:
Edward Swainson, Captain; Freddie Darrell; Walter Darrell; Laurie Pearman; Samuel Tucker; Jack Hayward; Lieut. Wilkinson; Arthur Pitman; Reginald Raynor; Arthur Burrows and Alma Hunt.
Amon Hunt, Capt., A. Smith, O. Simons, E. Simons, A. Simons, D. Hunt, E. Hunt, E. Cann, W. Herbert, A. Durrant, W. Gilbert, Crofton Cann, Umpire; W. Bean, Scorer.
(see The Recorder dated September 19, and October 3, 1936)
In early October the Bermuda Police Force played a friendly game of cricket against the Regular Section, Royal Artillery Association, with the match ending in a draw. Representing the police were: –
P.C. Swainson (Captain); [Edward Raymond]
P.C. Aldrick; [R.A.]
P.C. Paley; [C.A.]
Sub-Inspector Pantry; [Charles William]
Supt. MacBeath; [John Strang]
P.C. Phillips; [E.G. or Garwin]
P.C. Blackwell; [Joseph]
P.C. Swainson: [?]
P.C. Tucker; [Charles Albert “Bo”]
P.C. Amos; [Charles William or Alfred James]
P.C. Robinson: [?]
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily October 8, 1936)
The St Georges C.C. was at home to Alma Hunt in October when the game was played at the Garrison field. The teams were skippered by Edward Swainson and Walter Darrell who won the toss and occupied the wickets. His team declared after making a very respectable showing.
Captain Swainson’s team made a stirring effort to wipe off the score by the call of time but just fell short of it making for a very interesting game.
The principal performers of the day were E. Swainson whose six into the Stone Quarry at the North of the field will be long remembered by the spectators. He scored 41 not out. F. Duerden [policeman Floyd ‘Happy’ Duerden] made a breezy 34, and Alma Hunt played with easy grace and polish for 29 retired.
(see The Recorder dated October 24, 1936)
A week before Christmas “Bosun” engaged in a “wonderful display of sportsmanship and keenness in a game of billiards” between Warwick Workmen’s Club and the newly created St. George’s Recreation Club. Players for the St. G.R. Club were: –
S. Burchall 200 points, highest break 26; K. Smith 200 points, highest break 29;
E. Swainson 200 points, highest break 27; F. King 200 points, highest break 30.
At a repast after the game, expressions of goodwill and fellowship were extended to the clubs by their respective representatives Howard C. Smith and Edward R. Swainson.
(see The Recorder dated December 19, 1936 – Billiards)
Edward "Bosun" Swainson makes history
The historic Somerset – St. George's Cup Match ended in a draw at the Naval Cricket Field, Somerset, where a record attendance of over sixteen thousand fans had gathered to witness the battle of the Cricket Titans of Bermuda.
In the end it was a dazzling race against time, in which time emerged victorious. In that never-to-be-forgotten last hour when St. Georges wanted 154 runs for victory, such an exhibition of hurricane hitting was produced by Sheldon Darrell and Edward Swainson as has never been witnessed in a Cup Match before. It was a fitting climax to a great occasion.
When Edward Swainson made his classic 122 he became the first batsman to reach the century mark in Cup Match, and thus shattered the record of 82 runs established in 1932 by Alma Hunt, the popular Aberdeenshire Pro. and former Somerset Cup Match Ace.
When Clifford Darrell and E. Swainson put up 109 for the 6th wicket the ancient 79 runs landmark placed in 1908 by Ambrose and Howard Simons tottered and fell, the Somerset team could not be left out for they set a new high mark in retaining the Cup for seven successive years. To this one may add the time record clicked off by E. Swainson and S. Darrell in that memorable second innings – 30 runs in 8 minutes, 50 runs in 14 minutes, the century up in 32 minutes.
“Bo” narrowly missed repeating the feat again the next year, scoring 99 runs before losing his wicket.
Besides Swainson, Elliott Simons, A. Durrant, A. Smith, S. Darrell and C. Darrell rendered invaluable service as batsmen.
Swainson scored his century by pulling Simons over the leg boundary, enthusiasts swarming the ground to congratulate him on creating new history. Hitting a four and another six in the same over took his score to 114, and sent up 200. Swainson was now aggressive, and took two fours off Proctor, 210 up. E. Hazel replaced Simons, Smith received a maiden. Proctor’s second ball dismissed Swainson caught behind the wickets 214-7-122. Swainson was at the wickets 2½ hours.
For details of the game when time saved Somerset and E. Swainson set a new record with a brilliant century and hurricane hitting was featured in St. Georges second innings
(see The Recorder dated July 31, 1937)
Capt. Edward Swainson popularly known as “Bosun” had vowed in 1936 that he would return as leader of the St. Georges Cup Team this year and take the Cup back to St. Georges. The cup remains in Somerset, but it is not Bosun’s fault for he broke the batting record of 82 formerly held by Alma Hunt (now Professional for Aberdeenshire C.C.) by 40 runs piling up 122 runs for his side in spectacular fashion,
(see The Recorder dated July 31, 1937 – Record Breaker)
Since many cameras were in evidence a keenly anticipated cup match photo competition was enjoined by hundreds of Bermudians and tourists alike requiring submissions to be entered no later than one week after the end of Cup Match. Poems and essays attracted the literary minded and three cash prizes of £1 were to be awarded.
Abridged extracts follow of the notable highlights of Bosun’s achievements in the 1937 Cup Match.
SWAINSON TAKES RECORD SCORE TO 122
* “Bosun” Swainson, the hero of the East End’s first innings………….
* The century went up in 32 minutes but after the dismissal of Swainson the scoring, though fast, was not fast enough and time came …………….
* The East Ender’s veteran skipper, “Bosun” Swainson, surpassed his splendid display of batsmanship by carrying his score to 122, beating the previous record by10 runs…
EAST END RESUMES INNINGS
* Swainson raised his total to 98 with a boundary through slips and a single, but the next ball robbed him of his partner……..
* The second ball of next over from Simons, Swainson lifted over leg boundary behind him for a beautiful six to give him the first century in Cup cricket……….
* Swainson was urged to be careful as he started to run a single on a hit be Smith. Smith refused to run and fumbled by mid-off allowed Swainson to return to his crease ………
* Bosun failed to cover a ball from Proctor on the off and barely nicked it. Horton snapped it up and roared “How’s that” in unison with the bowler. Umpire Richard Darrell lifted a white-clad hand. “Bosun” was out. He batted two hours and a half for his record-shattering innings of 122 …………
LESS THAN HOUR TO MAKE 154
* With only 56 minutes to make 154 runs, St. George’s sent Shelton Darrell to open with “Bosun” Swainson………..
* Swainson drove a perfect four past mid-off, but he was forced to play safe through the rest of the over…….
* Swainson hit Amon Hunt for a single and put Darrell in a position to hit two more fours……
* Swainson again knocked a single and Darrell twice swung in vain but hit a single on the third. After three singles Swainson hit a boundary to send 60 up……
* There was fast and furious action as the two batsmen hung their bats on their shoulder for every ball. The pair ran on every chance and rattled the fielders badly. The end came……as Brown caught Darrell……..He had made 55 of the total of 77 in 24
* E. Raynor and Swainson both scored singles that were brilliantly fielded……
* After another single Swainson lifted Hunt out of the field and followed with a single…..
* The score ran up with no respite, but Swainson was unable to depart from his customary soundness to score as rapidly as Darrell had.…………
* A square-cut four put 100 up in 32 minutes. Swainson put Nathan Proctor out of the field as 110 was posted, and runs came from almost every ball as both Swainson and Raynor jumped out to drive…..
* Thirty-four runs were necessary to win, with 10 minutes to play…….
* Brown pulled off another magnificent running catch to dismiss Raynor. He fell as he caught the ball but rolled over and came up with it gripped firmly……
* Swainson was stumped off Nathan Proctor on the next ball with total at 121……..
* The match was the sixth drawn in the Cup’s history.
(see The Royal Gazette And Colonist Daily July 31, 1937)
(see The Recorder, July 31, 1937 – Cup Match Competition)
The drawn 1937 Cup Match proved to be very historical, from many angles. Although the coveted trophy remained at Somerset, for which Father Time and the Rules of the Game are alone responsible, the St. George’s boys played well the game, supplied the thrills, established the records, and their lightening scoring in the 2nd innings will not soon be forgotten by the thousands whose privilege it was to be there.
Notably, that game fighter Capt. E. Swainson (who so splendidly led his men, and himself established a record of runs, which will try the mettle of many,) [and] his team, are not discouraged, but, if life lasts, will be heard from again in 1938.
(see The Recorder August 7, 1937 Olde Towne Notes – Cup Match Aftermath)
The following Notice appeared in The Recorder on Saturday 7th August 1937 –
Under the distinguished patronage of His Excellency the
Acting Governor, The Hon A.W.G.H. Grantham.
GRAND CRICKET TOUR
THE STATEN ISLAND CRICKET CLUB
Under the auspices of
THE BERMUDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION
August 10th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. Bermuda Cricket Association (“B” League)
August 11th and 12th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. Somerset C. C. (Cup Team)
August 14th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. Inter-Services XI
August 16th and 17th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. Bermuda Cricket Association (“A” League)
August 18th and 19th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. St. Georges C. C. (Cup Team)
August 20th –
Staten Island C. C. vs. Central District XI
ALL GAMES ON THE B.A.A. GROUNDS, PEMBROKE
10.30 A.M. EACH DAY
GENERAL ADMISSION 1/-
(Army and Navy Ratings in Uniform half price)
Season Tickets may be had from the Secretary or at the
Bermuda Hardware Co., Front Street – Price 5/-
The Staten Islanders were severely defeated by St. Georges C. C. in their tour when they drew swords with the record-breaking St. Georges Cricket team at the B.A.A. field at last Wednesday and Thursdays’ play. The East Enders secured an 8 wickets victory. It was the third overwhelming reversal the visitors had suffered, having previously dipped their flag to the Somerset C. C. and the Pick of the Bermuda Cricket Association. The attendance was poor on the first day, but increased considerably on the second.
The St. Georges skipper could not get going, and those who had parked up to witness another century saw their hopes frustrated. The rate of scoring was very fast – 50 runs in 25 minutes, and 269 in 125 minutes.
The first innings play saw Swainson drive Archer to cover boundary, but “Bosun” was shortly dismissed lbw for 9 – (95-6-9).
In the second innings game “Bosun” was caught Ormsby bowled Hartog for 24.
(see The Recorder dated August 21, 1937 for full report – Staten Islanders Defeated By St. Georges C.C.)
Opposing a Pick of the ‘A’ League of the Bermuda Cricket Association on Monday and Tuesday, the visiting Staten Islanders found themselves up against some heavy scoring when the pick hit up 215 for six declared in response to a mere 96.
Winning the toss the visitors batted first but could only muster 96 runs. The Association replied with 215 for six declared – even without the services of Arthur Pitman and Chummy Hayward, two of the colony’s foremost batsmen.
With a deficit of 119 runs facing them the Staten Islanders stepped into the breach with a will, and hit up 188 runs, their highest total in the tour….. It left the Association with only 70 runs to achieve victory, which they did with the loss of 5 wickets.
(see The Recorder dated August 21, 1937 for a report – Bermuda Cricket Association Defeat Staten Island)
In the aftermath of the 1937 Cup Match an Editorial in The Recorder on Saturday, August 14, 1937 David Tucker, M. A. and E. T. Richards opined as follows:-
“The Annual Somerset-St. George’s Cup Match 1937 is now history, and the greatest event for Bermuda is over until twelve months hence. The Recorder said just prior to the match that it was impossible to be neutral as everyone was for one or other of the two contesting teams. We were reminded by His Excellency the Acting Governor, the Hon. A.W.G. Grantham, that at least a few individuals including himself were neutral, and it is indeed well that we have a few neutrals in our midst.
“It is pleasing to note that throughout its history the Cup Match has always maintained a high standard of sportsmanship, and the spectators know they will see a keenly contested game with the spoils going to the victor.
“We are prompted to write this editorial because of a poem on the Cup Match which appeared in a contemporary of ours on Saturday evening. The poet went so far as to accuse Somerset of a lack of sportsmanship, and was undoubtedly meant to extol St. George's and berate the West Enders.
(Editors note - this poem has never been recovered and we would be interested in obtaining a copy for the record.)
“The Recorder naturally must include itself in the list of neutrals as having “no body to be kicked, or soul to be damaged.” It can look at the whole affair in a dispassionate manner. Many lovers of the game were undoubtedly disappointed at the fact that the East Enders’ led by Mr. Edward Swainson were unable to lift the prized bauble emblematic of cricket supremacy in the colony, and bear it in triumph to St. Georges.
“The goodwill and friendship engendered by this game that binds all crowds, colours and conditions of men together in this colony in a manner that no other single event is able to do, must not be endangered by any charges of bad sportsmanship. It is to be hoped that the neutral section of the community will grow larger, so that more of us can really see the game in its true perspective – a jolly game of cricket between the two best teams in the colony for Cricket Supremacy. Long live St. Georges. Long live Somerset. Long Live Sportsmanship and Cricket!
(see The Recorder dated Saturday, August 14, 1937 – Editorial)
A Cup Match Competition was run by the Somerset Cricket Club and had a very favourable reception with a very large number of entries being received by the Secretary. Below are the Prize Winning Poem and Essay, both of which were penned by Mr. H.G. Hill, a pupil of the Berkley Institute, and a most promising young poet and writer.
ST. GEORGIAN LAMENT
(Against the favouritism of Time)
Ah cruel Chronos, who art thou
That doth deprive the victor’s brow
Of its deserved laurel wreath
With a few moments of thy breath
Oh could thou not have stayed thy hand
To let St. Georges’ luckless band
O’ercome the Western batsmen strong,
Possessors of the Cup so long
When thou did’st see brave Swainson bat,
Did’st thou not think of heroes that
Old Chronos, thou had’st often seen
On battle field and cricket green
When battling hard, his doughty crew
Sought to compile that “mighty few,”
Thou should’st have slept, and let the night
Delay its coming, whilst in light
The teams played on, until at last
The West End total had been past.
And wouldst thou then have heard all say
That time, great Time, had won the day.
But thou didst stand, Oh solemn being
And watch the victors’ vict’ry fleeing,
Borne by thy impish moments short
Oh what great sadness then was wrought!
But time, thou ever-rolling stream,
When at long last the latest beam
Of light, next Cup Match, will have gone,
We hope that thou, unfair one,
Will see St. Georges’ strong team beat;
Then wilt thou stand in sad defeat!
HILTON G. HILL
And now to the essay  –
THE CUP MATCH
On Thursday, July 29th, in the warmth of the summer morning sun that was beating down upon the beauteous verdance of the Islands from an azure sky which was sprinkled here and there with flaky snow-like clouds, the greater portion of Bermuda’s population converged upon the ordinarily quiet parish of Somerset.
Clad in their gayest attire, sporting the red and blue colours of the Somerset players, or the light blue and dark blue of St. Georges, the people arrived at the Naval Cricket Field, where in Somerset the struggle always takes place, the majority on crowded boats and overloaded trains. Although quite a number still make use of the more antiquated modes of travel, the horse and carriage, and the old reliable bicycle; while a few, in imitation of one of the means of getting about used by our American cousins, hitch hiked!
Long before 10 a.m. the throng was milling about the entrance to the field, and filing through the narrow gates. Soon the stands were full, and the shady spots on the sloping hillside were covered with red, yellow, blue, and many other colours of the shirts and dresses of the spectators.
Meanwhile, back in Hamilton, a crowd of those unfortunates who were unable to attend the match awaited with a hushed expectancy the commencement of a running commentary which was to be conveyed to them by means of loudspeakers from the Phoenix Drug Store.
A ripple of applause ran over the field as the two white-coated umpires strode solemnly out on the finely cut field, and made ready to start the game. This ripple of applause gave way to a ringing cheer as the St. Georgian team, which had been forced to take the field, owing to the fact that Somerset had won the toss, and had elected to bat, emerged from the pavilion led by their veteran skipper, Edward Swainson, affectionately known as “Bosun” to thousands of Bermudian cricket fans. The cheer increased as Eric Hunt and Ernest Brown took their place on the crease to open the batting for the Somerset side. The stage was now set for the battle to begin.
Norwood Smith, the Berkley Institute’s popular young cricketer, whose splendid bowling so effectively disturbed the equilibrium of Somerset’s willow wielders last year, opened the attack for the Easterners, while at the opposite end the bowling was ably managed by Walter Darrell.
Smith’s barrage was at first so forceful that in a few overs he made short work of Brown’s first three partners, and it was not until the redoubtable Elliott Simons came to bat that his deliveries were effectively hit. Then they were indeed “effectively hit,” for Simons calmly and deliberately began to pull them for boundaries, insomuch that Smith was replaced by another trundler.
But Simons’ batting seemed impregnable, and he had piled up seventy runs before Norwood Smith, now rested, spread-eagled his stumps in revenge for the six which had been hit off the preceding ball.
At one o’clock in the afternoon, the players adjourned to the pavilion for luncheon, with Somerset’s score at 132-6-70. During the interval, the numerous stalls on and near the field did a brisk business selling refreshments and dinners to the swarms of perspiring, hungry spectators.
When play was resumed the score rose at a tardy pace, and the West End team were soon all out for 177 runs.
The St. Georgians, as did their rivals, got off to a rather poor start, losing their first wicket without having scored; but with the advent of Edward Swainson their prospects became brighter, for the veteran was playing as boldly and as confidently as ever. With the tally reading 80-5-7, Clifford Darrell, the youngest of the famed Darrell clan, joined his doughty captain, and between them they steadily raised the score, until at the end of the first day’s play it read 178 for five.
Friday turned out to be just as fine a day as Thursday had been, and an even larger crowd turned out to witness the conclusion of the match.
Play began a little after 10 a.m., with Swainson and Darrell still holding the St. Georges fort. They continued their partnership until Darrell was out l. b. w. to one of Nathaniel Proctor’s well-pitched balls. The partnership had been a record one, yielding 109 runs although Darrell had only scored 27 of the total. Partnered now by Norwood Smith, Swainson became the hero of the day when he passed the century mark with a well hit six. And he had piled up the satisfactory total of 122 runs, breaking all previous batting records, before he was caught out by Somerset’s sharp wicket-keeper, the youthful K. Horton.
The score now stood at 214-7-122. From here the St. Georges later batsmen carried the total to 259 before they were dismissed.
Now came Somerset’s turned to wield the willow a second time, their batting was superb, although it was somewhat styled after the slow manner in which English county cricket is said to be played. On the other hand the East Enders’ fielding was feeble in spots. So these batsmen soon wiped out the East Enders’ lead of 87 runs, and threatened to hold the wicket until 6.30, and thus force a draw. And it was not until 5.35 that the St. Georgians were able to open their second innings, with 154 runs to get in less than an hour if victory was to be theirs. “Bosun” Swainson, the new champion, and Sheldon Darrell, St. Georges’ slogger of note, took their places at the wickets to endeavor to accomplish the impossible.
Sheldon opened his wiry shoulders to the first ball of the innings, and sent it sky high over the boundary. Then came a period of hurricane hitting such as had never before been witnessed during a Cup Match; ball after ball went sailing across the boundary line. With the whole field on tip-toe, cheering, the Half Century was raised in less than 15 minutes. This manner of cricket was continued until Darrell was caught near the boundary line, leaving the field with 78-1-55 on the board. Then the pace of scoring slackened appreciably, and after several more wickets had fallen, amidst great sighs of disappointment, stumps were drawn. The tally read 135-4-3. St. Georges was only nineteen runs away from victory.
Thus for Somerset, old Chronos [the Titan god of time and the ages] had been a veritable guardian angel, by whose help they had been saved from almost inevitable defeat.
HILTON G. HILL
(see The Recorder dated August 21, 1937 – Somerset – St. Georges Cup Match Competition; Prize Winning Essay and Poems)
In August, 1937 The Recorder reported as follows in their column entitled –
SO THIS IS NEW YORK
(By Elton E. Beane and C. Gerald Butterfield)
NEW YORK CITY, Aug. 22 –
The many friends and admirers of Mr. Edward “Bosun” Swainson (Bermudians and others) are highly pleased, and desire to congratulate him on his great batting performances in the 1937 Somerset – St. Georges Cup Match. His brilliant record innings of 122 will doubtless long stand as a mark for others to shoot at.
We also recall with much pleasure his splendid masterly innings of 122 against the United C. C. of Brooklyn, in his first appearance on a visiting team from Bermuda in 1927. His sound defence and hard hitting stokes all around the wicket, and also his quiet, modest gentlemanly manner is even now spoken of, and cause the writer to feel proud that he was once a member of the cricket club that possesses such a fine exponent of Bermuda cricket, both on and off the field. Good luck, many more centuries “Bosun.”
(see The Recorder dated 28 August, 1937 – Overseas Congratulations)
In mid-September, “Bosun” umpired (with Warren Simmons) at the first big cricket match of the season staged at the Sports Arena when the two formidable cricket clubs in Pembroke – The Western Stars and the Young Men’s Social Club – joined in battle for the New Colonial Mineral Water Cup, presented three years ago by Mr. John G. Bassett, popular young businessman and sportsman. This annual fixture had been growing in popularity every year. Last year’s match trickled out into a draw, but the game was full of interest. This year’s match is giving the prophets some trouble, as the teams are evenly balanced, and it is said that only the last over will decide the matter.
(see The Recorder dated September 11, 1937)
A 1937 comment of general interest by Alma Hunt whilst in England in 1936:
“Bosun” in shorts!! “………..my innermost soul revolted against the picture of Swainson standing at mid-off – in shorts; …………”
“Coronation year found cricket in Britain in a very chaotic state. Advocates were at work to change the counties championship program and the rules that govern it. Even the Yorkshire–Middlesex challenge match was objected to. Believe me it was not a question of an idle wag shooting off his face, but a first rate row and all the leading cricket minds of the day were needed to avoid what would have been cricket’s first revolution. The body-line controversy of a few years ago pales before it.
“The M.C.C. wisely had little to say on the matter. Such things are best left to solve themselves; but Lord Hawke had much to say about everything and some of his arguments were far from being consistent with the history of cricket.
“He objected to the Yorkshire and Middlesex match. He disapproved of it because he is by nature a man who disapproves of many things. Most people who follow the various cricket arguments will remember what horror was roused in him some years ago by the suggestion that a professional might one day lead England against Australia in a Test match. He hoped he might never live to see that day.
“I forget what were the reasons which he gave me on that occasion but I should imagine that they were the same as he gave on this. He said, “Cricket was a grand old game, and the county championship a splendid Institution. Why interfere with them?" He went on to say that – “once you start tinkering with innovation of this sort you never know where they will end.”
“That sentence starts you thinking at once. Lord Hawke evidently forgot that there were innovations before in the sacred game of cricket which occurred before his time and which has not led to the ruin of the game. For example the introduction of the round-arm bowling which was opposed because it was “fatal to all scientific play” and must lead, as it was then thought, to a dangerous pace such as cannot be faced on hard ground save at the batman’s peril.”
“Much the same arguments were used thirty-odd years later when the great Kent bowler, Edgar Willsber asserted his right to raise his arm over his shoulder. What adverse effect have these innovations had on cricket? On the contrary they were what was needed to establish the game in its present popularity. New departures in the etiquette of games often cause as much disturbance as alterations in the rules.
“I doubt whether Lord Hawke ever played cricket in a top hat, but probably his great-grandfather would have been shocked to see him playing without one.
“As to the possibility of a professional captaining England in the future, the professional has been and still is the power behind scene in cases where an amateur is the captain. He makes the decisions, the captain only acts on his advice.
“There was a time when footballers wore not shorts but knickers, buttoned below the knee. I have seen a picture of an early Cup final in which the fiercely whiskered champions were thus attired. It takes an effort now to remember the storms that arose in the tennis when certain women players proposed to appear without stockings in the championships at Wimbledon. But though it took place only a few years ago the whole controversy has been settled and forgotten and another controversy about shorts for women players has been settled and forgotten, too.
“The other day  I spent an hour watching a cricket match at the “Box” Hamilton. The fielding was particularly well worth watching, the players being extremely small, agile and fast. And then unhidden the thought came to my mind that if shorts are good enough for other games where speed and freedom of movement are desired, surely they must be good for the cricketers.
“And no sooner had the thought arisen than the whole of my nature rose up screaming to crush it. I could find no argument against it, nor have I been able to find one since. But that was not necessary. What mattered was that my innermost soul revolted against the picture of Swainson standing at mid-off – in shorts; of Simons running up to the wicket – in shorts; of Durrant sprinting along the boundary – in shorts.
“No,” I said to myself in a tone of finality. Once you start with innovations of this sort you never know where they will end.
(see The Recorder dated October 30, 1937 – Cricket in England)
The St. Georges Cricket Club paid honour to its Captain Mr. Edward Swainson “Bosum”
At a Public Meeting held in the Somers Opera House Mr. Swainson, it will be remembered made 122 runs in the first innings of the game played on the Somerset Cricket Field in the Cup Match of this year, breaking the record of 82 made by Mr. Alma Hunt in the game of 1931, and was the first cricketer to score a century in the Annual series.
Bermuda’s Premier cricketer Mr. Alma Hunt, veteran cricketers, and Pioneers of the Annual Cup Match were in attendance. Mr. Alma Hunt, the dethroned hero as he styled himself, whose kingdom Mr. Swainson shattered, warmly congratulated Mr. Swainson on his success, but served notice that he will again endeavor to regain his crown.
Mr. Warren Simmons, former Captain of the Somerset Club, spoke in glowing terms of Mr. Swainson, whose record as a cricketer he had watched through the years, and wished for him continued success.
Mr. Donald Smith contributed two vocal Solos in his usual pleasant style.
Mr. Henry T. Cann, the first Sec. of the Somerset Club, and the person who imported the Cup for which the Clubs annually compete, in a stirring address stressed the importance of team work in cricket, which has much to do with character building.
Mr. W.S. Cooper, M.C.P., called on to make the presentation, said he appreciated the honour of doing so.
He has watched the career of Mr. Swainson in the club with much sympathy and interest. Mr. Swainson, he said, came to the club as a juvenile in 1915, and had always shown the characteristic of being intensely loyal to the club. Not only, he said, was Mr. Swainson a great cricketer, but he was a great sportsman and gentleman.
The presentation consisted of a handsome Cutlery Set, and silver Tea Set.
On the teapot is the inscription:
“Presented to Mr. E. R. Swainson, Captain St. Georges Cup Team, by his admirers, in recognition of his innings of 122 in the 35th Somerset – St. Georges Annual Cup Match 1937 The first Century in the series of Cup Matches”
In reply Mr. Swainson expressed his thanks to the speakers for their kindly references to him, and his pleasure at being the recipient of such a valuable token for having made the first century in the series. He paid a fine tribute to his partners in the game, Messrs. Clifford and Sheldon Darrell for their splendid team work and co-operation, which helped him considerably in his scoring. He expressed the hope that next year some other member of the team would make the century, and that the cup would come to St. George’s.
Mr. Harold Talbot, President of the Somerset Club, in a very appropriate speech, presented Mr. Swainson with a Silver Cup, the gift of his club.
The inscription of the cup reads:
“Presented by Somerset Cricket Club, Somerset, Bda, to Edward Swainson in commemoration of his making the first century in the series of the Annual Somerset – St. Georges Cup Matches July 29 30, 1937”
Sir Stanley Spurling, M.C.P. in a very rousing speech remarked that Cricket has an indefinable something not present in any other game. It was the greatest training school of character, more than any other game. It is a good thing for Bermuda that the Cup Match has been carried on with such distinction all these years. It is the caliber of the men behind this movement that has made it what it is during the last 35 years.
He paid glowing tribute to Mr. W.S. Cooper, Mr. H.T. Cann and other veterans of the game, referred in praise-worthy terms to the Somerset delegation, approximately thirty in number, who gave up their time and came to St. Georges to pay tribute to their guest of honour. Sir Stanley concluded his inspiring remarks by reading a personal letter sent him by Sir Thomas Astley Cubitt, last Governor of Bermuda and keen sportsman, in which he asked Sir Stanley to personally convey his congratulations to Swainson on his achievement. This letter Sir Stanley presented to Swainson.
The attendance was large, many prominent persons from other parts of the island being present. The Chairman expressed thanks to all for their presence. Refreshments were afterwards served the invited guests, and a happy social time spent.
(see The Recorder dated November 18, 1937 for a full report – ‘Bosun’ Swainson Honoured in St. Georges; Presentation for Record-breaking Performance in Cup Match).
During this year ‘Bosun’ was raised to a Class II. 2nd.Class Constable – His salary remained at £230.0.0 per annum. The following photograph is of P.C. Swainson patrolling St. David's on his pedal cycle. It is the only known photograph of him in Police uniform. He spent most of his service in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
‘Bosun’ Swainson and Peter Gordon were the respective Captains in late January in one of the best games of billiards exhibited in a long time and played between the St. George’s Recreation Club and the Warwick Workmen’s Club. Such was the quality of play exhibited in this match with each player showing such tremendous form that the losers received as much praise as the winners.
It was agreed that 150 points would be played for, in each game.
P. Gordon made the highest break for Warwick, 43 – with Bos’n Swainson the highest for St. Georges, 25. The score between these two – Bos’n Swainson 101 vs. Peter Gordon 150 (37 mins)
After the game, in which Warwick beat St. Georges, the players and representatives of the Warwick Workmen’s Club were entertained by the St. Georges Club, during which time speeches were heard from the various representatives.
(see The Recorder dated January 29, 1938 – Sports and Pastimes, Billiards – Warwick defeats St. Georges)
In early May of 1938 “Bosun” represented the Bermuda Police as a team member against a team from the Canadian Hotel. The game was played later that week on the premises of the Hotel on Reid Street East when –
“All lovers of the ancient and most popular indoor game of billiards will have a chance of seeing P.C. Frank Ford, champion of Bermuda in action”.
The police team was comprised of: –
P.C. Frank Ford, Capt.
P.C. E. Swainson
P. Sgt. Henderson
P.C. J.M. Brown
P.C. A. Hunt
(see The Recorder dated 7 May, 1938 – Sports and Pastimes, Billiards! Billiards! – Police team vs Canadian Hotel)
[Editors note - For many years a photo of Frank Ford hung in the billiard room at the Police Recreation Club and no-one knew who he was. Fortunately, we were able to identify the man as Sergeant Frank Ford who was a brilliant billiards and snooker player. You can read more about Frank on our website at http://expobermuda.com/index.php/lia/22-fford]
In mid-May “Bosun” was an invited guest at the inaugural banquet of the Young People’s Athletic Association. The Recorder reported on the event as follows:-
“Appearing in the public spotlight for the first time the Young People’s Athletic Association held a very successful inaugural function at the Aeolian Hall on Thursday night in the presence of a large number of invited guests. The existence of this organization was hardly known, and to those invited guests who were present the composition of its membership and the nature of the ideals were a distinct revelation.
“The function took the form of a banquet followed by speeches from officials of the Association and from the guests. Among those seated around the festive board were, Messrs. Cecil Robinson (President), Arthur Taylor (Chairman for the evening), Leroy Pike (Secretary), J. Padmore (Instructor), and the following members of the Management Committee: –
Messrs. Ernest Robinson, Ernest Maynard, Alfred Matthew, Roy Stines, Gerald Richardson, Earl Ingham, William Francis.
“Among the guests were, B.A. Galloway B.D., Messrs. J. Cardie Mosse, Barrister-at-Law, Edward Swainson, V.F. Scott, J.T. Taylor, I.C. Cunningham, Percival Hinson, Horace Smith, Rubotlam Robinson, and A.D.T. Eve.
“Letters regarding their absence were read from Messrs. R.C. Crawford, O.B.E., M.C.P., and A.R. Vaucrosson, both of whom were very busily engaged in political activities.
“A fuller account of the proceedings will appear in our next issue.” [Issue not recovered]
[A picture of the attendees seated at the banquet table was featured in this article but it is not in a suitable condition for presentation here].
(see The Recorder dated 14 May, 1938 – Inaugural Banquet of The Y.P.A. Association)
An exciting game of cricket in Flatts was reported as follows on 4 June: –
“The Flatts Victoria added fresh glory to their achievements when they met and snatched a thrilling victory from the St. Georges C.C. on their own ground in Flatts. The visitors had made 158 runs, and had felt themselves in a very secure position, but the Flatts C.C. by a surprising exhibition found themselves within two runs of the St. Georges total when the last man went in. St. Georges’ supporters felt the game was already won, as the last man had no reputation as a batsman. But the glorious uncertainty of the good old game of cricket revealed itself once more, as Richardson edged one of Swainson’s deliveries to boundary, and sent the Flatts supporters into a jubilant demonstration.”
“Bo’s” scores were: –
St. Georges C.C.
E. Swainson c H. Woolridge b P. Wainwright….16
Flatts Victoria C.C
G. Wainwright b Swainson…..27
H. Woolridge b Swainson…....18
G. Tucker b E. Swainson…….17
(see The Recorder dated June 4, 1938 – Exciting Cricket at Flatts, Home Team Defeats St. Georges C.C.)
Some four weeks later on the 6th July “Bosun” scored 113 Retired, in a drawn game between St. Georges and Young Men’s Social Club.
“Battling throughout the greater part of the day on Thursday, the St. Georges C. C. put up the very splendid score of 234 runs against the Young Men’s Social Club in an innings filled with the vagaries with which the game is filled. The match took place at the Sports Arena before a very large crowd of spectators.
“Playing an exhilarating innings to pull his team out of a difficult position Bo’sun Swainson – Cup Match Centurion and record holder for highest individual score – gave a brilliant display to cricket lovers in Pembroke and vicinity. Opening his innings cautiously, he proceeded after a while to exhibit that brand of stroke-playing which has the hall-mark of true greatness. Never did he once look like getting out, especially as he treated every good ball with the respect it deserved and sped the loose ones to the boundary.
“[‘Bosun’s’] partnership with Clifford Darrell which took the score from 38 for 5 to 108 for 6 was instrumental in taking the edge off the bowling, and raising the morale of the side. ….. [Another policeman playing for St. Georges] F. Duerden made a breezy 20, hitting 5 fours. ………..”
(see The Recorder dated 8 July, 1938 – St. George’s and Social Club in Drawn Game –
“Bo’sun” Swainson Scores 113, Retired)
STAGE SET FOR ANNUAL TITANIC CUP MATCH - 1938
The stage was next set for Thursday 28th July 1938 when, in great expectation the greatest sporting event in the colony, the thirty-sixth Annual titanic struggle between the St. Georges Cricket Club and the Somerset Cricket Club would take place. ‘Victory for St. Georges will meet popular acclaim’ it was reported.
“His Excellency, the Governor Sir Reginald J. T. Hildyard, K.C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O., and Lady Hildyard will lend their distinguished patronage to the match, and on the second day the band of the Sherwood Foresters will be in attendance during the afternoon.
“Last year a record crowd of over fifteen thousand fans witnessed one of the most thrilling matches in this historic series. The intervention of Time saved Somerset from defeat. It was a match in which hoary old records were wiped off the slate and new sagas written. Edward Swainson covered himself with glory in being the first Cup Match centurion, the 4th and 6th wicket partnerships were broken, and by staving off defeat Somerset established another record by retaining the Cup for seven successive years. No one, however, can forget the last half hour of the match when, through the magnificent hitting of S. Darrell, St. Georges scored 50 runs in 14 minutes.
“Judging from the advance bookings and other indications the attendance this year will even out-distance that of last year, and the Somerset C. C. is making every effort to give not only comfort to patrons but also to lend a greater festive touch to the occasion.
“The team picked to uphold the Oxford and Cambridge blue of St. Georges C. C. this year will include: –
Edward Swainson (Captain); Walter Darrell (Vice-Capt.) …………
(see The Recorder dated 23 July, 1938 – Thirty-Sixth Annual Cup Match Next Week)
Also reported in this same edition was that St Georges C.C. had completely overwhelmed Flatts Victoria C.C. during the previous Thursday at the Wellington Field, St. Georges. After skittling out the Flatts for 34 runs, St. Georges went to bat and put up a mammoth score of 297 for 7. Norwood Smith joined the ranks of the season’s centurions by hitting up 104, retired.
N. Smith and W. Darrell [for St. Georges] were solely responsible for the Flatts’ collapse, Darrell bagging 6 wickets for 16 runs, and Smith 4 for 17.
The St. Georges team had included E. Swainson who was c Stowe b Pearman…6.
(see The Recorder dated 23 July, 1938 – Sports and Pastimes, St. Georges trounces Flatts – N. Smith scores 104)
In the first defeat suffered by Somerset since 1930, St. Georges were victorious by 38 runs in the 1938 Annual Cup Match in which “Bosun” just missed another Cup Match century.
Amidst scenes of wild excitement the St. Georges Cricket team broke through a long spell of reverses with a comfortable margin of 38 runs before a record crowd on the grounds of the Royal Naval Field in Somerset.
“………… from all points of view it was well merited in its popularity. This victory for the clan of St. George has been evidently peeping around the corner since last year when the passage of time checked the St. Georgian surge towards victory. His Excellency The Governor and Lady Hildyard lent their distinguished patronage on both days, and noticed among the crowd were the American Consul, Mr. and Mrs. John Roosevelt and Mr. Vincent Astor. The band of the Sherwood Foresters discoursed appropriate airs on both days.
“Bo’sun” Swainson’s batting was one of the highlights of the match. In collecting his 99 runs he gave one real chance at 69. His position as the best of Bermuda’s present day batsmen is unassailable, for he collected his runs against those lion-hearted bowlers in Somerset. Arnim Smith’s contribution in the second innings was invaluable as he made a courageous attempt to pull his team out of the fire. Arthur Durrant played a masterly first innings, while Sheldon Darrell thrilled the crowd as he hit O’Brien Simons for 21 runs in five balls. That, however, does not detract from O’Brien’s excellent bowling performance in that very innings, in which he collected six of the best St. George’s wickets for 46 runs………………….
“An extraordinary sight at the match was the number of bearded men – the supporters of St. Georges. Following the lead of St. Georges Vice-cap? they had decided to allow their hirsute appendage to sprout until the Cup was won by St. Georges. So sanguine were they of victory yesterday, that their tonsorial artist attended the match complete with apparatus, and performed the shaving operation on the field immediately after the match.
“……In his short speech which was roundly applauded, His Excellency the Governor said, “Lady Hildyard and I enjoyed the game immensely, and personally I consider the Cup Match the best sporting event of the whole year. Thousands in this colony are interested in cricket and I am truly glad to see it. In the eyes of Britishers the world over there is nothing like a game of cricket to teach one how to take knocks and success with equanimity. As long as Bermuda remains cricket minded as it is at present, there will be nothing fundamentally wrong with the colony.”
“……Captain Swainson responded with an appeal for three cheers for Somerset. The crowd – the largest and most gaily be-decked in the history of the classic, then wended their way off the field well satisfied with the excellent cricket they had seen during the entire match.
“……[Of the match], Somerset had lost the toss and went on the field …………..
“...….Capt. Bo’sun Swainson came in to replace Sheldon Darrell and was wildly cheered as he came on the field. “Bo’sun” began to hit a bit around the wicket, but was taking no chances on stealing runs. Steede took a lovely leg slide off O’Brien Simons and brought down the house. A single from Swainson put up the the half-century after an hour’s batting. At this period Steede had made 18 and Swainson had made six.
“……”Fire-bird” Simons, Somerset’s colt, now came on at the Club end in the place of O’Brien Simons. “Bo’sun” electrified the crowd with a leg glide to boundary that completely beat Ed. Durrant, and another boundary followed. This brought Steede and Swainson equal in runs both having scored 21 runs each at this stage of the game. “Fir-bird” took Cocky Steede with the last ball of the over and the score read 69 4-23.
“……”Bo’sun” livened up things with two boundary fours off “Fire-bird” to the obvious delight of the crowd……..
“Clifford Darrell found “Fire-bird” to his liking and showed great zest in putting the Somerset colt to the boundary. Arthur Simons replaced “Fire-bird”, but Clifford Darrell cut him beautifully for four. “Bosun”, who was now in his stride made two fours in succession and then a six off Proctor, put up the century and gave Swainson fifty runs.
“The century went up after an hour and three quarters of play and the St. Georges adherent were now jubilant and they had every reason to be for now the score read 123 4 23. Elliott Simons now came on. “Bosun” began to work on him immediately scoring off his first ball…………
[With the score at 176-9-5] “Bosun gave his first chance off Arthur Simons but Armin Smith lost the catch, a high and difficult [one] as the sun was in his eyes. At lunch the score read 187-9-5 with “Bosun” and Woolridge still at bat.
[After lunch] “Bosun” and Woolridge the brilliant St. George’s colt went back to face the bowling and Swainson made a single off O’Brien Simons. Armin Smith took over the bowling from the School end and Swainson sent his fourth ball to the boundary sending up 190 on the board, much to the satisfaction of the East End rooters.
“Despite strict bowling and fielding by Somerset the score continued to soar and 200 went up after 20 minutes play…………. It now seemed that “Bosun” would get his century and the score board actually read 100 on two occasions only to be changed again. When but one short of his century, he was smartly taken behind the wicket by Kenneth Horton – a worthy successor to “Poach” Jones and Delbert Hunt, off the bowling of Arthur Simons and the St. George’s innings was over for the handsome score of 208. St. Georges had made this score in three and a-half-hours of careful batting with the performance of “Bosun” Swainson truly outstanding.
“Bo’s” score for St. Georges at the end of the 1st innings read:
E. Swainson c Horton b A. Simons…99
[Early in Somerset’s first innings when] “the score read 10-1-4 a ball from Norwood Smith rose a bit high, and hit I. Darrell the wicket keeper in the face, causing him to retire. St. John’s Ambulance Corps and Dr. E. F. Gordon the physician of the St. Georges Club, attended to the needs of I. Darrell………….
“Fire-bird hit a lucky one in the air off Walter Darrell but no one was near enough to catch him. He was out soon later at 43 when Proctor hit a safe single but they tried to double up and Bosun, by sending a sharp return from mid-off, had Firebird out for one when Dismont smartly broke the wicket. The tally read 43-4-1.
“…..The half-century came after Somerset had been at the wicket for 90 minutes and the innings closed for the day with 44 on the board. The tally read 44-5-0.
[The St Georges 2nd innings]……… “Clifford Darrell made a beautiful cut off Armin Smith for 4. Carlton Welch’s life was a short one for O’Brien Simons was soon in his timbers breaking his bails. The score read 25 3-8. The redoubtable Capt. Swainson now came in to try to stem the rot. “Bosun” made a boundary four off the first ball he received from the Somerset Express. A four from Clifford Darrell off O’Brien Simons sent up 42 on the board. Clifford was out soon afterwards in the same over lbw to O’Brien Simons. Tally read 42-4-16.
“Walter Darrell joined “Bosun”, complete with beard making a picturesque figure curiously reminiscent of W. G. Grace. He was soon back in the showers after the ball came off his pads with O’Brien Simons getting the credit for another wicket. The tally read 42-5-0.
“…..“Cocky” Steede veteran of many a classic struggle for the Cup replaced Walter Darrell who had been bowling without a change from the outset of the innings. “Bosun” received a great deal of applause for a brilliant save at mid-off off Steede’s bowling when Arthur Simons tried to put Cocky to the boundary. He made a boundary off Woolridge in the next over and the board now read 91. The next ball he was out to Woolridge lbw the board reading 91-7-18.
On the resumption [of St. George’s 2nd innings] on Friday Arthur Simons trundled from the School End, Swainson straight driving the first for a single. N. Smith taking a single to leg off the next, and Swainson sent up the half century with a beautiful cover drive to boundary….…….
Swainson took his score to 22 by pulling O’Brien to leg boundary. With the score at 70, O’Brien beat and bowled Swainson 70-7-26……. The innings closed for 97 runs.
“Bo’s” score for St. Georges at the end of the 2nd innings read:
E. Swainson (Capt) b O. Simons…26
“Given 194 runs to clinch victory, Somerset opened at wicket at 11.20…………….
……”and [after the luncheon interval] the century appeared on the tins. Swainson took charge of the leather in place of Smith, and Simons took a single off the first ball, sending down Smith who glided the last to boundary. 110 went up, and Clifford Darrell replaced Welch. Smith drove his second and third delivery to boundary sending up 120. Woolridge went on in place of Swainson …………….
(see The Recorder dated July 30, 1938 for full details of the game – St. Georges Victorious by 38 Runs in Annual Cup Match – First Defeat Suffered By Somerset Since 1930)
THE RETURN OF THE VICTORIOUS TEAM
“The annual Cup Match is now a matter of history. After seven years, the end of the cycle, the much coveted trophy was fairly won by the St. George’s Cricket Team, and now is safe in their keeping. There was much rejoicing in Ye Olde Towne on Friday last when the good ship “Corona” docked at the Markey Wharf bringing the victorious team, with Captain Swainson holding high the Cup for the sight of all beholders.
“A motley crowd, representative of all sections of the community lined the wharf and Kings Square, with a brass band, ready to lead in the rejoicings. Immediately on landing, the team was greeted by the Worshipful Mayor W. E. Meyer, who congratulated them on their well-earned victory. Replying for his team Captain Swainson thanked the Mayor for his kind expressions, and said they would do their best to keep the Cup in St. Georges, for at least five years,
“Following this brief ceremony, led by the band playing stirring music, the victorious team holding high the treasured cup, and followed by a large jubilant crowd, paraded the principal streets of the town for a considerable period. Later in the evening the members of the team, were entertained at the St. Georges Hotel, by invitation of the manager, Mr. Vincent Dence. On Tuesday night, 19 inst., the team will again parade with the Cup, after which there will be a Dance at the Recreation Rooms, sponsored in the interest of the club.
(see The Recorder dated August 6, 1938 – Olde Towne Notes)
Fresh from his Somerset triumph last week “Bosun” Swainson played in a very interesting cricket game at the St. David’s Oval between the Western Stars C.C. and the St. David’s C.C. The game which ended in a draw was witnessed by a large number of spectators, the majority of whom were St. David’s rooters.
Batting first St. David’s put up a respectable total of 165 runs, of which J. Foggo hit up 47; C. (War Baby) Fox 36; G. Minors 23; “Bosun” Swainson 19; J. Griffith 13
In reply the Stars in trying to blaze their way to victory hit up 110 for 5 when stumps were drawn on account of fading light.
(see The Recorder dated 6 August, 1938 – Sports and Pastimes, Western Stars draw against St. David’s)
Of interest in the same newspaper came the following news:
“Monday morning brought a change in the personnel of the Police, when P.C. Adby Philips was transferred to Warwick, following a two and a half years stay in St. George’s. Mr. Philips was a most popular officer. He is succeeded by P.C. Obrien Simons, famous West End cricketer, who is well known in Saint Georges”.
(see The Recorder dated August 6, 1938 – Police Transfers)
CUP MATCH CELEBRATIONS IN ST. GEORGE'S
St. George’s continued their Cup Match celebrations with great fervor. It was reported that:
“Rising at the invitation of the Chairman, Dr. Gordon said that because of his supporting St. Georges he might be considered a traitor by some people, but it was true sportsmanship which caused him to change. The St. Georges Club had fought so well during the last two years that his sympathy was won over to their side……….. Continuing the Dr. said that he had noticed that, in general, cricket was going back, except for the St. Georges Skipper who was now at his zenith. He attributed this decadence to the disgust experienced by St. Georges in having to be going in vain so many times to Somerset. He thought Somerset had a run of good luck, and it was up to St. Georges to follow suit: Next year’s game, he said, should be a very good one, as Somerset seemed bent on taking back the Cup to the West. He suggested that a ruling be made between the two clubs confining the game to amateurs. He felt that if professionals were allowed to take part, the question of importing professionals for the clubs might arise. The Dr. pointed out that in the West Indies, despite the number of prominent professionals, the Inter-Colonial Tournament was open to amateurs only. He congratulated Skipper Swainson and his men and hoped they would keep the trophy as long as Somerset did.
“Bosun” Swainson then rose amidst applause, intimating that the last time he had the Cup was in 1930. He believed that they could look forward to a repeat occurrence. He endorsed the sentiments of Dr. Gordon, whom they were particularly pleased to have with them. The Dr. had been a staunch Somerset Supporter, and the St. Georges Club appreciated very much what he had done for them. He thought the Dr.’s suggestion with reference to professionals was a good one.
“Mr. W. R. Perinchief (Vice-President of the club) also commented favourably on the suggestion to debar professionals. He felt that the Club should take it up with the Somerset C. C. They had been long in returning the Cup to St. Georges, but he felt that the least he could do was to drink to the Club’s success for another seven years.
BOARD OF CONTROL
“The President of the Somerset C. C., Mr. Harold Talbot, expressed pleasure in St. Georges’ victory after seven years. The game was increasing in popularity as the years went by. The attendance on the first day was the largest in the history of the match, and he hoped that the same spirit of friendly rivalry would continue to exist. He himself had always left no stone unturned in Somerset to keep the highest ideals of the game before the club. He congratulated “Bosun” Swainson on the splendid game he played. It was the intention of Dr. E. A. Cann, the speaker said, to introduce a Labour Day bill in the house, that day to be the second day of Cup Match. Mr. Talbot also intimated that plans for the formation of a Cricket Board of Control were on foot, as he had already gained the support of the Bermuda Cricket Association.
“Mr. Alan Houghton complimented the St. Georges team on the manner in which they had fought for the trophy during the last three years. He thought there were two outstanding features in the match, and those were Swainson’s batting and W. Darrell’s bowling. Swainson’s performance in the last two Cup Matches had stamped him as the greatest batsman Bermuda had produced in 30 years.
“The other speakers of the evening were Messrs. Alec Steede, Creighton Thomas, Richard Baxter, Sheldon Darrell, Fielding Swan, Wm. Darrell, and E. T. Richards. The meeting ended with musical honours for Dr. Gordon, and cheers for the rival clubs, and Captain Swainson”.
(see The Recorder dated August 13, 1938 – St. Georges celebrate Cup Match victory, Cricket Board of Control mooted)
As a matter of interest – in this same newspaper is the announcement of the:
“Annual Ladies Cup Match between the East End and the West End [which] will be held this year at White Hill Cricket Field on Thursday 25th August. Those lovers of the game who have seen these matches of previous years are assured that this year’s game will be bigger than ever, and the Somerset ladies intend to see that the West End retain a trophy anyhow”.
(see The Recorder dated August 13, 1938 – Annual Ladies Cup Match page 1)
Police Constable E. Swainson Captained the Bermuda Police Force (Eastern District) in a hard-fought cricket match played against at the Royal Artillery Association at the Garrison Recreation Ground, St. George’s on the 17 September, 1938.The police team won by 22 runs. Other police officers in the team included Constables J. Wilson, D. Tucker, O’Brien Simons, A.A. Paley, L. Fearis, J. Blackwell, and A.J. Amos. It is uncertain whether the balance of the team consisting of A. Wilkinson, L. Burgess and Sergt. G.G. Tingey were members of the Bermuda Police Force.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated September 20, 1938 – Bermuda Police Force (E.D.) beat R.A.A.)
The Swainson family was well represented at the funeral in St. George’s of Mrs. Louise Searles who passed away in her 55th year after a long illness. The bearers, all nephews of the deceased were Edward Swainson, Reginald Swainson, Joseph Swainson, Arthur Swainson, Frederick Swainson and William Thompson.
(see The Recorder dated October 1, 1938 – Olde Towne Notes, Obituaries)
The last big feature match of the cricket season took place at White Hill Field in early October between the St. Georges C.C. and a team under the captaincy of Mr. Amon Hunt. The benefit game was promoted as “a very great drawing card especially as the public would have an opportunity of seeing not only “Bosun” Swainson but also the renowned “Champ” Hunt in action”.
Special railway facilities were promised for those attending going to White Hill with proceeds of the match going to the Packwood Old Folks Home in Somerset.
(see The Recorder dated October 8, 1938 – Benefit Match at White Hill – St. Georges Team to Play Picked Team – Players Named)
Alma “Champ” Hunt had returned to Bermuda from Scotland and England on Monday 3rd October 1938 on the “Orapesa”. He discussed with The Recorder aspects of his own cricket adventures overseas which included his total of more than 1400 runs and his six centuries scored. He spoke of his honour at having played for Scotland against Australia and Yorkshire.
“Champ” said he thought that the last Cup Match must have been a thrilling affair and he offered the following thoughts – “Swainson was always a potential danger to Somerset. Some of the more fortunate of us who had seen him at his best abroad knew how destructive he could be to bowlers. But strangely enough up to a few years ago the Bermuda public had never seen Swainson to advantage. His last two Cup Match innings seem to have at long last opened the door to the real man, and I am glad for Bermuda because Swainson has so much to offer the Bermuda public”.
Asked if he would attempt to eclipse Swainson’s record at some future date, Mr. Hunt said that he preferred not to discuss that point. “I will wait until the proper time, then bring a fresh mind to bear on the situation,” he said.
The Recorder advised that Mr. Hunt holds the diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and we compliment this sportsman on his all-round success.
(see The Recorder dated October 8, 1938 – Sports and Pastimes, Mr. Hunt Returns, Brilliant Record During Past Season)
As a matter of interest – there is mention in The Recorder of same date under the heading St. David’s Ladies Play For Annual Cup –
‘of the large crowd at the St. David’s Cricket Field on Thursday afternoon 29th ult. to witness the Third Annual Cup Match played between the Married and Single ladies of the Brooklyn Ladies Cricket Club. The married showed their superiority of the game by scoring 103 to their opponents 62. There is a report on the match’.
(see The Recorder dated October 8, 1938 page 3 – Sports and Pastimes)
Of further interest, under the heading St. George’s Single Ladies Retain Cup –
‘What must be described as a rather thrilling and exciting game of cricket was played on the Garrison Recreation Grounds on Wednesday afternoon, 5th inst., between the Married and Single ladies of St. Georges, with Mrs. Mae Steede and Miss Madeline Welch, the respective captains. The singles were again victorious retaining the cup for the second time. There is a report on the match’.
(see The Recorder dated October 8, 1938 page 3 – Sports and Pastimes)
Editors note - We would be very interested in obtaining more information, and photographs of the ladies teams playing in Bermuda during the 1930's, espcially the Married and Single Ladies of St. George's and the team that played against the Brooklyn Ladies Cricket Club in October 1938.
In late October it was announced that:
“The West Indian Selection Committee was undoubtedly busily engaged in deciding a tentative team for next summer to cross bats with “Englands” best.
“Cricket commentators and fans alike, will be voicing their opinion strongly in favour of their particular choice and as usual some groups will be disgruntled. Since the averages of Cricketers the world over are available right here in Boston and one gets a bird-eye view, why not select an All West Indian team for the tour, on the basis of seasonal performances and experiences.
The selected team is as follows: – From Jamaica……….: from Trinidad………..: from Barbados…………: from British Guiana…………: from Bermuda Alma Hunt and Bosun Swainson”. Mr. Leroy H. Johnson wrote from his home in America, “I firmly believe that the above mentioned list would give a very good account of themselves in any part of the “globe”. (What do you say Mr. Hunt?”)
(see The Recorder dated October 29, 1938 page 3 – Sports and Pastimes)
EDITORS NOTE - We believe that Alma "Champ" Hunt was invited to trials for the West Indian team but despite some excellent performances he was not selected.
As a matter of interest it is recorded in the Bermuda Blue Book for this year that –
‘Class II. 2nd. Class Constable Patrick James Fennessy who was appointed to the Bermuda Police Force on 9 September, 1935 was “Transferred to Tanganyika Territory as Assistant Inspector of Police, 23/7/38”‘.
During this year, ‘Bosun’s’ annual salary was raised from £230.0.0 to £250.0.0. p.a. with a Uniform allowance of £10.0.0. p.a. and allowance in lieu. of Quarters of £24.0.0. p.a.
In the St. George’s Police Court on Friday 6th January, 1939 Constable Edward Swainson told the Worshipful H. Martin Godet that he was on duty about 9.40 p.m. on the 31st December, 1938 at the East End of St. David’s Island, near the Black Horse Bar when he heard Arthur Montgomery Fox using offensive language. “Bosun” said that he went to Fox and warned him, and then repeated the warning several times.
Fox then pleaded guilty to the charge of using offensive words and, having nothing more to say, he was convicted accordingly and was fined 20/- to be paid by January 14.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonial Daily dated January 9, 1939 – St. Georg’s Police Court)
Although “Bosun” was not formerly appointed as Detective Constable until January 1945, it would seem from the court case reported below that he was a plain clothed officer well before his appointment.
Evidence was given in the Hamilton Police Court on Monday 8th May, 1939 by Det. Constable Edward Swainson that on April 27th, he watched a bicycle, parts of which were alleged to have been stolen, and later took Sinclair Furbert and the cycle to Hamilton Police Station where Furbert told Constable Swainson that the cycle belonged to his brother, the accused George Lancelot Furbert.
George L. Furbert was charged with stealing the bicycle valued at £8, the property of Amon Easton Burrows, on February 23. He was committed for trial in the Supreme Court after Mr. D. C. Smith, M.C.P., [Member of the Colonial Parliament] appearing for the accused, reserved his defence. Furbert was allowed bail in his own recognizance in the sum of £50, and one surety of £50 (or two of £25).
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 9, 1939 – Defence Reserved In Alleged Cycle Theft)
The St. Georges Cricket Club, holders of the Cup, opened their season on the 18th May this year in St. George’s with a 5 – 2 run victory over the National Cricket Club. Although their batsmen showed need of practice and made the comparatively small score of 141, the East End bowlers brought a comfortable win by dismissing the Nationals for 89.
In this match, “Bosun” was c. W. Repose b. E. DeSilva for 16.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 22, 1939 – St. George’s Cup Team Team Wins By 52 Runs, Darrell Takes 7 Wickets as Nationals Go Out for 89)
BREAKING AND ENTERING CASE
Det. Constable Swainson was next in Hamilton Police Court as a witness one week later on Monday 29th May, 1939 in a case of Breaking and Entering a dwelling house at night without lawful excuse when two men were charged, under Section 354 of the Criminal Code, with entering the house of Sarah Jane Minors on May 26th.
When giving her evidence Minors included the allegation that Trott had, earlier that night, given her a brooch or tie-pin.
“Det. Constable Swainson testified that he accompanied Minors to her house at about 1.05 a.m. on Friday, May 26, in connection with a report she made at the Police Station. She pointed out the accused’ who were standing in the road a little way from her house.
Leaving P.C. Pollendine with [the accused] Trott and Harvey, D.C. Swainson looked through Minors’ house where nothing was found missing. The two accused said they had been in Minors’ house.
“D.C. Swainson said he questioned Trott and Harvey. Cautioned, Trott made a statement in which he said the complainant took the tie-clip from him. He did not give it to her. Trott heard Minors ask Harvey “Are you coming up tonight?” Later that evening the two accused went to Minor’s house in the Happy Valley Road, Harvey pushed open the door and they both entered.
“Harvey declined to say anything, saying he would make a statement in front of the Police Magistrate. D.C. Swainson [testified that he] observed the condition of the door of Minors’ house. The hasp and padlock had been removed from the door by unscrewing them. The three screws were found inside the house.
“A statement taken from Harvey, in which he said he was invited to Minors’ house by the complainant, was read to the Court by Assistant Superintendent Pantry. Harvey said he went to the house later that evening and found the door ajar. He pushed it open and went in with Trott.
“Minors gave the two men no chance to answer her inquiry as to the reason for their being in her house, but left immediately upon their arrival for the Police Station, said Harvey.
“This concluded the evidence of the prosecution witnesses. The defendants’ declined to make any statements. Trott asked to be allowed to call a witness to confirm his story that Minors took the tie-pin from him, and case was adjourned…….. Harvey and Trott were released in their own recognizance in the sum of £10…………
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 30, 1939 – Charged With Entering Dwelling House Of Woman, Two Accused Say One of Them Was Invited to Home).[Nothing further has been found as to the disposition of this case]
Edward “Bosun” Swainson remained as team captain on Thursday, June 8th, 1939 when the St. George’s C.C. continued their practice preparations to defend their positon as holders of the coveted Cup that is played for annually between the East and West Ends of the Islands. In this game, the St. George’s C.C. played the Flatts Victoria Cricket Club at Wellington, St. George’s and was victorious in winning by 219 runs.
Captain E. Swainson was c. DeSilva, b. F. Wainwright for the notable score of 98 runs.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated 7th and 12th June, 1939 – St George’s C.C. Vs. Flatts Victoria)
The following Thursday, 15th June, 1939 the St. George’s C.C. met the Bermuda Police on the Wellington Ground where St. George’s were fortunate to escape defeat, as they were 34 runs behind with only one wicket to fall.
On this occasion “Bosun” played for Police and was c. W. Darrell, b. C. Darrell for 12 runs. Playing beside him was Floyd “Happy” Duerden who was b. N. Smith for 0.
“Bosun” bowled A. Steede for 12 runs; C. Smith for 9; C. Darrell, c. Wainwright for 0;
L. Richardson, c. w.k. for 0. [E. Swainson bowled 4 wickets for 21]
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 19, 1939 – St. George’s Narrow Win From Police XI)
A century by “Bosun” Swainson of the St. George’s C. C. featured the main annual match in which St. George’s scored 277 against the Young Men’s S. C. 107 for six wickets.
The drawn game was played at the Sports Arena on July 6th and saw E. Swainson, b. E. Gilbert for 103. It also saw S. Young, c. Swainson, b. S. Darrell for 3.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 8, 1939 – East End Cup XI Draw With Young Men’s S.C., Swainson Scores Century in Annual Match on Thursday)
The Somerset team must have been watching with considerable interest when the St. George’s C. C. led by Captain Edward Swainson was at home to the Bailey’s Bay C.C. playing at Wellington Field on July 20, 1939.
The Cup holders gave their supporters many anxious moments before they defeated their opponents winning by 41 runs in a low-scoring match, but their batting form did not satisfy the critics who were looking forward to the annual Cup Match with Somerset in a matter of two weeks’ time.
St. George’s batted first and was put out for 128. Only three batsmen were at all successful, but St. George’s was pleased by the return to form of Darrel Nearon, who was top scorer with 38. He had an attractive image, scoring with a minimum of energy.
There was considerable disappointment when “Bosun” Swainson was dismissed for one run. Sheldon Darrell appeared to be well set, but went out for 25, while Norwood Smith batted painstakingly for 31. The remainder of the side failed badly.
Bay lost their first wicket before a run had been scored, but their chances looked good when they took the score to 60 for five wickets. The sixth, seventh and eighth fell at 64 however, and in spite of a ninth wicket stand that brought 23 runs the result of the match was a foregone conclusion after the three quick wickets. Bay was out for 87 including 11 Extras.
For St. George’s E. Swainson c. C. Smith b. L. Smith for 1 run
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 22, 1939 – St. George’s Cup XI Have Narrow Victory, Disappointing Batting IN Match With Bailey’s Bay)
SOMERSET GAIN 80-RUN LEAD IN 1st INNINGS OF CUP MATCH
6,000 See East End Side Dismissed For 59 Yesterday, After Somerset Had Made 139 In 1st Innings; West End 77 For 3 At Close Of Play
“A crowd estimated at about 6,000 – a record for the opening day – watched a desultory first day’s play in the Annual Cup Match between St. George’s C.C., holders of the trophy and Somerset C. C. at Wellington Field, St. Georges……
“It had been eight years since St. George’s was the scene of a Cup Match, for Somerset had held the trophy for seven years prior to St. George’s narrow win last year.
“Somerset won the toss and opened the batting, running up a final total of 139, thanks in large measure to periodic slackness on the part of the St. George’s fielders. The cricket was not exciting while Somerset was batting, but when St. George’s went in to bat it became almost painful, so cautious were the batsmen and so slow was the scoring. St. George’s, to the dismay and disappointment of their supporters scored 59 runs in their first innings, W. Darrell 27 not out, being the only man to reach double figures. At the close of play, Somerset, batting a second time, had made 77 runs.
[Largely undecipherable until, luckily]
“………….The St. George’s skipper, “Bos’n” Swainson, went in to halt the rot. He played the last ball of the over. Simons at this point having bowled three overs one of which was a maiden, had taken two wickets. Disaster indeed for the Cup-holders!
“St. George’s had been batting 35 minutes before10 was hoisted on the scoreboard. Swainson and Tuzo were playing their usual cautious game, and four maiden overs followed one another………….. N. Proctor, amid scenes of terrific excitement, met with success on the first ball of his third over, clean bowling Swainson, who had painstakingly scored three runs after half an hour at the wicket. At the end of the first hour’s batting, only 12 ruins had been scored………………”
[Again, largely undecipherable text up to the end of reports on the first day’s play]
ST. GEORGE’S C.C. Cup defenders, who began their annual encounter with Somerset Cricket Club yesterday. Standing, left to right: C. Dismont, C. Woolridge, S. Darrell, Bos’n Swainson, C. Darrell and W. Darrell; kneeling, left to right, N. Smith, Raynor, Steede, Nearon and Tuzo
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 4, 1939 – Somerset Gain 80-Run Lead In 1st Innings Of Cup Match)
SOMERSET WIN CUP AGAIN BY 198 RUNS; EAST END ROUTED
St. George’s Fail Miserably Before Record Attendance For Second Day
NEW TOTAL OF 14,000 SPECTATORS FOR TWO-DAY GAME ESTABLISHED
“The Cup,” Bermuda’s premier cricket trophy, returned to the West End yesterday as the annual cup game ……….ended in the complete rout of the East End side, who made a showing which even their strongest supporters conceded was dismal in the extreme.
“A record second day’s attendance of 8,000 – bringing to about 14,000 the match total – failed to enliven the play yesterday as Somerset proceeded juggernaut-like on their way to victory over a St. George’s XI out of which the heart seemed to have gone completely.
“Somerset resumed their second innings with a first innings lead of 30 runs – St. George’s having scored 59 against Somerset’s first innings total of 139 on the opening day of the match. Closing their second innings with nine wickets down and a lead of 280 runs, Somerset had the St. George’s side virtually beaten before the East Enders resumed batting. St. George’s made 82 for their second total bringing their score for the two innings to 141, two more than Somerset’s first innings total.
[Undecipherable text ………………..]
“Captain Swainson continued to change his bowlers in an attempt to cut the scoring down……………..
“With 280 runs to wipe off, St. Georges opened their second innings at 12.35 with Sheldon Darrell and C. Tuzo…………………..
“Captain Swainson next partnered Smith and faced Proctor, who had bowled him for three runs yesterday. He played the two balls of the over without scoring…….. After scoring 3 runs equalizing his score of yesterday, Swainson cut on a ball from Proctor in the slips and was dropped by Arthur Simons. Runs were now at a premium. Repeated changes of bowling failed to induce the batsmen to hit out……………
“Clifford Darrell joined Swainson, and after some considerable time 50 was registered…………. Swainson got his first boundary at 3.55 pm. after batting for about an hour. Another 25 minutes elapsed before 70 was registered. All interest in the game seemed to wane and the crowd had become restless………. The score: 73-5-9.
“R. Raynor joined Swainson and the partnership was only able to carry the score to 74, when Sainson, after a well-played 21, was caught by O. Simons off A. Simons. At no time during his innings had Swainson seemed to be at home.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 5, 1939 – Somerset Win Cup Again by 198 Runs; East End Routed)
Detective Constable Edward Swainson assisted Superintendent C.W. Pantry after Mr. Pantry had apprehended an escaped prisoner after a fight on Saturday, 12 August, 1939. The interesting story was narrated as follows in the Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily the following Monday:
“Eldon Travers Enos, the 31-year-old prisoner who escaped from custody on Thursday, July 27 was captured on Saturday night by the Asst. Superintendent of Police, Mr. C.W. Pantry, after a chase which terminated in a wrestling match. Enos, who has been at liberty for 16 days, told the police he had not eaten for four days. His speed in avoiding Mr. Pantry, and his determined fight for freedom when apprehended, however, indicated that he was not lacking in strength and cast doubt upon his story of semi-starvation.
“Enos was captured at the End of the Lane, Paget, at about 9.15 p.m. on Saturday. He was observed there by Mr. Pantry, who was returning home from the Police Station on his bicycle. Mr. Pantry looked at the man carefully, as the Police have been doing to all persons since the escape in July and thought he resembled Enos.
“Enos was astride a bicycle, with one foot on the ground, on the side of the road opposite to the S.P.C.A. horse trough. A hat was pulled down over his face and it was dark at the spot.
“Approaching the man, Mr. Pantry said, “You are Enos aren’t you?”
“No, you’ve got the wrong man. I’m Smith,” the prisoner replied.
“You look like Enos,” countered the Police Officer, and requested Enos to walk up the road with him to the street light near Dunkley’s grocery store, so he could get a better look at the man.
“Repeating, “You’ve got me wrong,” Enos agreed to walk into the light, according to Mr. Pantry. Enos thereupon threw his bicycle at the officer, striking him on the leg and knocking him down. He at once ran away. Recovering quickly, Mr. Pantry gave chase. Enos ran into a field of maize, or corn on the other side of the railway bridge, followed by Mr. Pantry. The escaped prisoner got tangled in some barbed wire and his pursuer, knowing the position of the wire, went around it.
“Extricating himself from the wire, Enos ran to the Northwest corner of the field, about sixty yards from Mr. Pantry’s residence, where the Police Officer caught up with him. Here the two men came to grips and a wrestling match followed.
“After a lengthy fight Mr. Pantry overcame the man, who he now knew positively was the escaped prisoner. During the fight, the Police Officer called and whistled for assistance. Det. Constable Edward Swainson approached and the two Policemen put Enos in a carriage and took him to the Police Station where he was locked in a cell.
DRINK AND CIGARETTES
“Enos is understood to have told Police he was very hungry as he had not eaten for four days. Questioned on this point, Mr. Pantry told the Royal Gazette that the escaped prisoner had been drinking when he was chased and caught. Enos fought almost like a mad man, he said. Enos had cigarettes which were taken from him. He told the Police he borrowed the bicycle he had.
“Enos escaped from a working gang at Government House on Thursday, July 27. He was serving a six-year sentence at hard labour. The gang was employed in the Government House grounds when, at 1p.m., Enos requested to be allowed to leave for the toilet. Permission was given by the one warder in charge of the gang. Enos did not return and the warder, on searching for him could not find the missing prisoner.
“The police were immediately summoned and had been looking for the man for the sixteen days he has been at liberty. It is understood that Enos will shortly be charged with escaping from lawful custody.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, August 14, 1939)
(see also The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Thursday, August 24, 1939 – Escape of Prisoner is Told In [Lower Court Hearing])
“BOSUN” INVESTIGATES A CASE OF FORGERY
In an indictable case of the alleged forging and uttering of a cheque thereby drawing the sum of £43 from the Colonial Capitation Account of the Bermuda Volunteer Association on Monday, August 21 , ten witnesses including Detective Constable Edward Swainson, gave their evidence before the Wor. H. Martin Godet in the Eastern District on August 30, 1939. In particular,
“Detective Constable Edward Swainson read several statements given him by the accused [Ira Arnold Dill] during interviews at the Police Station. Accused said in one statement that he had gone back to Chancery Hall, where he worked the previous week, painting, on Monday, August 21. He went there to get a brush of his which he found in Chancery Lane. He did not go in the building.
“In one statement the defendant said he had only 14/- left from his weekly wages, at home. He later amended this, saying to the Police officer “Now I wish to state that I have £33 in my trunk in the house that I reside in now, and as far as I know it is still there.”
“The accused agreed to accompany policemen to his house to search for the money. Going to the house at Till’s Hill, Pembroke, the Police, with the cooperation of the accused, searched the trunk. During a ten minutes’ search, the trunk was emptied.
Detective Constable Swainson moved his hand across the bottom of the trunk and felt a bulge in the lining. Thereupon the accused “reluctantly” put his hand in and produced an envelope containing £33 from the lining of the trunk.
“The envelope containing 33 £1 notes was produced in Court. The defendant made no effort to show the Police where the money was, the detective said. The case was adjourned [until the following day] and the defendant was remanded in custody.”
An eleventh witness was called by the prosecution to give evidence after the question arose of the acceptability of evidence relating to comparisons of handwriting. …………
“Mr. Alfred Henry Burrows, Assistant Superintendent of Police, took the oath to give evidence of his findings after comparing a specimen copy of the accused’s handwriting with the writing on the cheque alleged to have been forged by Dill and cashed by him at the Bank of N.T. Butterfield on Monday, August 21. Assistant Superintendent Burrows admitted that he was no handwriting expert, saying he had thirty years’ experience reading other people’s writing.
“Defence counsel] objected to Mr. Burrows’s evidence, asking if he was handwriting expert, and submitting that if he was not his evidence was unacceptable.
“A legal or accurate definition of the word “expert” was requested by Police Sergeant A. MacPherson, and the Magistrate stated that to his knowledge there was no legal rule for the taking of evidence from witnesses concerning handwriting. The Courts, said his Worship, would accept evidence by anyone familiar with the writing of an accused person. Mr. Burrows said he had never before seen any of the accused’s writing. The Prosecuting Sergeant contested counsel’s submissions on this point and the Magistrate adjourned his decision to consider the matter. Detective Officer L. W. Williams told the Court [matters having to do with an identification parade].
The case was later adjourned sine die…later followed by a committal for trial to the Supreme Court where Ira Dill pleaded guilty upon arraignment and was sentenced to serve three years at hard labour.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 31, 1939 – More witnesses heard in alleged forgery; Case adjourned for further hearing)
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated September 1, 1939 – Court defers decision on writing evidence; Prosecution continues in case of alleged forgery)
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated November 8, 1939 – Three years sentence in forgery case)
WEST INDIAN CRICKET TOUR TO BERMUDA
In late August  as war loomed in Europe, the West Indian touring cricket team which was to play a series of five matches against Bermuda teams, arrived in the Lady Drake and was met by members of the local committee and officials of cricket bodies. Thirteen prominent West Indian cricketers made up the team, which was captained by Ben Sealey, the well-known international player. With the team was Mrs. Sealey who had the distinction of being the first lady secretary to accompany a West Indian touring team.
“Bosun” Swainson and Walter Darrell were among the welcoming group representing the St. George’s Cricket Club. It was possible that Bermuda would seek affiliation with the West Indies Board of Cricket Control, and the matches with the tourists were to be in the nature of a test of Bermuda’s cricket standards. It is many years since such a strong team has visited Bermuda, and local cricketers have had all too little experience against teams from other countries.
It was said that:
“Many members of the visiting team will be well known to Bermuda cricketers, and some of them have been here before. Some of them have represented the West Indies in England and Australia, and others have made names for themselves in inter-colonial matches. The team follows:
Ben Sealey (Capt.), Elias Constantine, Rupert Tang Choon, Edward D. Peter, Prior Jones, Cecil Pouchett, C. Persuad, Wilton A. Angoy, Berkeley Gaskin, Keith Smith, Robert Christiani, Jim Parris and George Carew……………………
“On August 31 and September 1 the West Indians will meet the St. George’s Cricket Club [at White Hill Field]. They will play a picked coloured eleven, which will not include Cup Match players.
On September 4 and 5, and on September 6 and 7 they meet the Somerset Cricket Club, winners of the Cup played for annually between St. George’s and Somerset.
“The final match of the tour, to last three days, will be against the Pick of Bermuda and will be played on September 8, 9 and 11. The tourists leave Bermuda on September 12.
During their visit the West Indians are staying at the Canadian Hotel. Last night they were guests of honour at a welcome dance in No. 6 Shed.
“The St. George’s Cricket Club team which will meet the West Indians on August 31 and September 1 has been announced as follows:
E. Swainson (Capt.), Walter Darrell, W. Burch, R. Raynor, C. Dismont, C. Smith, C. Swainson, C. Darrell, C. Tuzo, C. Woolridge, L. Richardson.Waiting men, C. C. Packwood and A. Wilkinson. Umpire, R. Darrell………………………”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, August 28, 1939 – West Indian Team Here For Series Of Five Matches: Tourists Will Meet Bermuda Cricket Association XI at White Hill Monday)
ST. GEORGE’S C.C. SCORE 225 AGAINST TOURING WEST INDIANS
“The match between the touring West Indian team and the St. George’s Cricket Club opened at White Hill Field yesterday. St. George’s won the toss and at the close of play had completed their innings for 225 runs, the West Indies replying with 90 for three wickets.
“Charlie Swainson of St. George’s was the “star” of the day. His innings of 30 included three extremely long 6’s which he drove straight out far beyond the boundary. A large crowd, which increased to capacity during the afternoon, was present ………………..
“A fine partnership was maintained by “Bosun” Swainson, the St. George’s captain, and L. Richardson. The 50 went up during their partnership, and then the hundred, which went up in 120 minutes. Swainson and Richardson were at the wicket when the halt was made for lunch. Between them they had scored 26 runs. At that time the score was 59 for three wickets.
“The Bos’n lived up to his reputation as a lively batsman by driving out two tremendously hit 6’s, a well-directed 4, and several doubles. He was finally dismissed when he was bowled by Prior Jones for 34……………………..”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Friday, September 1, 1939 – St. George’s C.C. score 225 against touring west Indians; Visitors make 90 for three wickets before close of play yesterday)
THE WAR YEARS
The global conflict known as the Second World War, endured from Sept 1, 1939 until Sept 2, 1945 during which time many Bermudians saw military service overseas. Life in Bermuda however was sustained to a large degree by the great Cup Match game of cricket which continued to provide annually a measure of comfort and hope to those in the community who felt and very much relied on its profound glory.
ST. GEORGE’S DRAW WITH WEST INDIANS IN 2nd MATCH OF TOUR
“The Match between the touring West Indians and the St. George’s Cricket Club at White Hill Field ended in a draw yesterday. In reply to St. George’s creditable first innings’ total of 225 on Thursday, the tourists made 268 yesterday and dismissed eight St. George’s batsman for 90 in the second innings before stumps were drawn………..
“Tang Choon had an excellent innings, reaching his 50 in 67 minutes. On his first ball from C. Swainson he hit deep to square leg but the catch was missed and a four was made. He then made a number of singles before being clean bowled for 57 by E. Swainson in attempting to cut one off the centre stump. The score was then 230 for six………………………
“St. George’s second innings opened disastrously when Tuzo edged the ball to Gaskin in second slip for a really good catch, the first wicket falling before a run was scored. Dismont was out to a catch at short gully by Tang Choon, and the score then read one run for two wickets. Another catch by Tang Choon retired Richardson for five.
“W. Darrell, following Richardson, was out l.b.w. to Gaskin without making any runs. St. George’s then having four wickets down for a total of 13 runs. The scoring was very slow before the very accurate and hostile attack of the bowlers, and the batsmen were obviously not at all at home.
“Burch was clean bowled by Gaskin who beat him all round his wicket, the ball that retired him swinging back from leg. Off Gaskin’s bowling Packwood was nicely caught by P. Jones.
“With the score at six wickets for 20 runs, a fine partnership was begun between E. Swainson and his brother, Charlie, who immediately started to go for the bowling, making a beautiful straight drive for 4 off Gaskin. Bos’n Swainson was caught at short square leg by Gaskin after his 15 helped to raise the score by 26 runs. C. Swainson continued to hit out, but was caught by Gaskin off Sealey for 31 runs, of which two were 6’s. O. Smith and R. Raynor were not out with 10 and 14 respectively when the match ended………………………”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, September 2, 1939 – St. George’s draw with west Indians in 2nd match of tour; East Enders make 225 and 90 for 8 wickets; Tourists score 268)
WEST INDIES CRICKETERS MEET PICK OF BERMUDA
“The West Indies cricket team which has been visiting Bermuda will begin the last match of their tour at White Hill today against the Pick of Bermuda. It will be a three day match, continuing tomorrow and Monday.
“The Pick of Bermuda eleven will be composed of E. Swainson (Capt.), W. Darrell, J. Hayward, T. Madeiros, E. Brown, Arthur Simons, C. Swainson, D. Hunt, C. Welsh, A. Hunt, O. Simons and L. Simmons.
“Special arrangements have been made with the Bermuda Railway Company to have extra trains running to White Hill during the three days of the match.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, September 9, 1939 – West Indies cricketers meet Pick of Bermuda)
FINE BOWLING & CATCHING MARKS FIRST DAY OF MATCH
“At the end of the first day’s play of the scheduled three day match between the touring West Indies cricketers and an all-Bermuda eleven, the local team had completed their first inning for 115 runs, and the West Indians had 60 runs for two wickets.
“The game continues today at White Hill, and the Acting Governor has expressed his desire to be present and will award prizes to the players.
“The Pick of Bermuda eleven won the toss and elected to bat, play commencing at 11.50 a.m. …………………. The luncheon interval was taken with the score at 34 for three.
“On resumption, the same bowlers continued to bowl, and E. Swainson, who came into bat just before lunch, was clean bowled on the first ball of Jones’ first over………..
E. Swainson b. Jones……………1
Pick of Bermuda…………Total 113”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, September 11, 1939 – Fine bowling & catching marks first day of match; Parris gets Hat-Trick as Bermuda XI end first innings)
WEST INDIES HAVE FINE FIRST INNINGS
“The second day of the match between the Pick of Bermuda and the touring West Indies eleven was concerned entirely with the West Indies’ first innings, and at the close of play yesterday they had 282 for eight wickets. The most outstanding feature in a day of exciting cricket was the fine stand of Prior Jones, whose 62 not out at the close was a notable achievement, especially as Jones is a fast bowler and not particularly considered to be a strong batsman.
“The match will be concluded today at White Hill. It will be particularly important, not only because it will be the last opportunity to see the West Indians play, but it will also be in the nature of a gala occasion………………The concluding festivities in conjunction with the visit of the West Indians to Bermuda will be a dance at the Ocean View Pavilion tonight at which the tourists will be feted.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, September 11, 1939 – West Indies have fine first innings; Prior Jones batting nicely in second day of match)
TOURING W. INDIES TEAM EXPECTED HERE TODAY
For the avoidance of doubt an interesting report is found in this paper which serves to clarify any questions surrounding the coincidental visit to Bermuda of a second touring West Indies cricket team.
“On its way back to the West Indies after their tour of the United Kingdom, the West Indies cricket team is expected in Bermuda today and plans have been made for a reception in their honour tonight.
“The arrival of the touring West Indies team coincides with the presence in these Islands of a team from the West Indies which has been playing local sides for the past several weeks.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, September 11, 1939 – Touring W. Indies team expected here today)
VICTORY FOR WEST INDIES ENDS LAST GAME OF TOUR
“The West Indians finished their tour with a decisive victory over the Pick of Bermuda yesterday. The West Indians won by an innings and 94 runs, having a total of 290 runs to 196 for the Bermudians…………………….
“At 1.57 J. Hayward and E. Brown commenced for the Pick of Bermuda. Brown was l.b.w. in just a few minutes to the bowling of Parris for one run……………The tenth wicket fell when Bos’n Swainson was bowled by Pouchett for 29 runs. His was the second longest innings, being at bat for 41 minutes…………..
Pick of Bermuda (Second Innings) Total…….81
“After being introduced to all the players, His Excellency [Major E.A.T. Dutton, Acting Governor], presented a number of prizes which had been offered by several people here and in the West Indies. A pair of batting gloves was presented to Lloyd Simmons for the best batting performance during the tour against the West Indians. This was a gift from C.R. Browne of British Guiana.
“Other prizes [included]: a bat to E. Swainson for the most consistent batting of the Bermuda side, from Mr. Louis Gale, editor of the Barbados Advocate: a bat to Arthur Simons for being the best all-rounder in Bermuda, from the West Indies visiting team: a bat to P. Jones for being the bowler taking the most wickets on the West Indies team, from Mr. James Richards. [The listing continues………..]
“[His Excellency] addressed the players and presented prizes…………….. He took the occasion to express his assurance that all Bermudians, regardless of their colour, were of one mind in the present state of war which now exists. His Excellency said, “There is no doubt about the loyalty of the coloured people of Bermuda.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Tuesday, September 12, 1939 – Victory for West Indies ends last game of tour; Acting Governor attends and awards prizes.
“Much sympathy has been expressed with Mr. and Mrs. William Swainson in the death of their son Wilfred, the sad event occurring on Monday evening, Oct. 2nd following a seizure. This was the third death in two days in St. George’s.
“The internment took place on Tuesday afternoon in St. George’s Cemetery, preceded by a service in the parish church, which was conducted by the Rev. Geoffrey Parkes. The family mourners present were Mr. and Mrs. William Swainson (parents), Edward Swainson, Ferdinand Swainson, Charles Swainson, Frederick Swainson and Reginald Swainson (brothers). The five brothers with Mr. Joseph Swainson were the pall bearers. Also present were Miss R. Swainson (sister) and Mis D. Swainson (sister).
“The hymns sung were “Jesus Lover of My Soul” and “On the Resurrection Morning”. The sacred edifice was filled with relatives and friends of the deceased, popularly known as “Taffy” Swainson, The internment took place in St. George’s Cemetery.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, October 7, 1939 – Death and funeral of Mr. Wilfred Swainson).
In this year, Police salaries were subject to a Bonus of 10%.
THE WEST INDIES TOUR OF BERMUDA
Writing in January from his home in the West Indies, Ben J. Sealy reported at length on his recent visit to Bermuda as a member of the West Indies touring team. He wrote, in part:
“The war is on, the cricketers have returned, some are now undergoing training necessary for being able to answer the call for service, others have long resumed their work and like other citizens are hoping to do their bit for King and Country when the moment demands: but despite all this there is still a gentle feeling in the mind for seeing the Bermudas once more. Such is the feeling of everyone who visits this country.
“In speaking of cricket at Bermuda the name of Alma Hunt comes readily to mind because it was he who gave us a real idea of what cricket was like in the Bermudas. A country that can produce such a cricketer can also produce others of a similar nature and probably better, and while there are none up to his standard at present, there are many who are showing real promise of becoming excellent cricketers. In this connection it is advisable to mention those that have youth in their favour, and the name of Lloyd Simmonds come to mind quite readily.
“To me this was the players that showed most promise; tall, strong, possessing a large pair of hands that take almost anything that comes his way, able to keep a perfect length for good length of time, in fact the best all-rounder of the colony, who would do credit to any of the colonies of the Caribbean Islands.
“Mention must be made of those very capable players [such] as Charles Swainson, [and] his brother Bosun, who is the hardest hitter in all Bermuda. [Also] Arthur Symonds, another capable all-rounder and the best left-hander, very dangerous with the ball, in fact the most dangerous bowler of the Bermudas: – ……………………..
“The cricket of Bermuda is up to a very high standard and while they may not be able to beat any of the major islands in International Tournament, they will definitely have to be played very seriously. And in contests with any of the Leeward or Windward Bermuda will surely be able to come out on top in the contests. There are definite signs of the cricket attaining a much higher standard, but this can only be attained by more contact with the cricketers from other islands both near and far.
“While at Bermuda, we were very hospitably entertained by several persons and to mention a few we beg leave to name……………………
“I must not forget to mention the special facility extended to us as a team while travelling by the Captain, Purser and other members of the crew of the C.N.S. Lady Drake, both to and from Bermuda.
“Of the Bermuda Clubs, Somerset C.C. was definitely the strongest, but the chief rival, the St. George’s C.C., who scored the highest total against us, can boast of some very brilliant players. The prize bat offered by the “Barbados Advocate” for batting was presented to Lloyd Simmonds for his all-round performances, the bat offered by members of the team was awarded to Arthur Symonds for his bowling performances, and Charlie Swainson [Bosun’s elder brother] was offered a prize sent by the famous “Snuffle” Brown for his consistent batting.
“We were able to gauge the standard of the cricket of the Leeward and Windward Islands, with the exception of Grenada and St. Vincent, and it pleasing to note that cricket is played there just as enthusiastically as is done here.
“Some players who stood out prominently in these islands were the following: –
… of Antigua; …of Dominica; … of St. Lucia; … of St. Kitts.
“Bermuda is a particularly beautiful island, the economic standard of which is much above ours, due principally to the great influx of the American tourist. The tourist trade is responsible for the position it occupies and with a restriction of steamers the Island may be badly affected.
“We arrived in Bermuda on the 25th August last, and after playing six matches we left on the 12th September. Of the six matches played we won three outright and drew the others in our favour. I have to thank the Committee comprising of Messrs. Warren, Simmonds, Richards, Dr. Gordon. Messrs. Swainson, Talbot, Williams (Chief of Detectives) and the Secretary of the Cricket Board of Control.
[In concluding my account] …………….. “May we one day see Bermuda raising her head up among the big noises in the cricket world, in the cherished hope of those of us who comprised the members of the first team to visit her officially.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily, February 3, 1940 – The West Indies Tour Of Bermuda)
BOY GAMBLERS FINED IN COURT
Broke Into Sports Arena and Did Damage to Premises
As they patrolled the streets then under their charge, Detective Constable “Bosun” Swainson and a colleague P.c. Frith were out and about in the early hours of a Sunday morning on the first day of February. At 2.50 am they came upon five youths in a building inside the Sports Arena enclosure in Pembroke. They saw the group of boys sitting in a circle and heard the sound of money.
“While P.c. Frith went to get additional help from some special constables at the Electric Light Company’s station D.C. Swainson kept watch. In a few minutes the game broke up and the boys crawled out of the building through a window. They were then stopped by D.C. Swainson. They were questioned and taken to Police Headquarters.
In the Hamilton Police Court on Saturday 10 February before the Wor H. Martin Godet –
“Evidence was given by Mr. Frank Wilson that he had been out to the Sports Arena on the previous afternoon, at which time he made sure that all the doors were fastened and the windows boarded up. He also nailed up a door that had been damaged and made other repairs to boarding over windows.
“[Un-decipherable……………………..] He estimated that the amount of damage was about £12. That same afternoon the boys came to Mr. Wilson and said they had been standing near the Sports Arena on the night and that they had gone inside when it began to rain. They offered to cut the grass or do some work around the Sports Arena as a way of recompensing Mr. Wilson for any damage that had been done. However, Mr. Wilson said he had been put to so much trouble by people constantly breaking into his place that he was going to try to put a stop to it. He told the Court that over £100 damage has been done to his property by various people.”
The boys were fined £2 each and Mr. Wilson was advised to put up No Trespassing signs. His Worship warned that not only the boys but anyone else would go to prison if they broke into the Sports Arena again.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated February 12, 1940 – Boy Gamblers Fined In Court, Broke Into Sports Arena and Did Damage to Premises)
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS IS CONVICTED IN COURT
Pamphlet Seller Told She Is Not Wanted in Bermuda
“Miss Fredy Johnson, an American visitor, who has been selling religious pamphlets and books in violation of the Non-Resident Businesses Act, was convicted on Saturday after being admonished by the Worshipful H. Martin Godet that she was not the type of person who was wanted in the Colony. She was bound over to come up for judgement when called upon, after the magistrate had been told by the defendant that she dod intend to remain in Bermuda many more days.
“Miss Johnson, who came to court equipped with a gramophone and records to act as her “lawyer,” was summoned after she had violated the Non-Resident Businesses Act by selling one of her pamphlets to a detective constable. When asked in court if she had received any money for the pamphlet, the defendant replied that there was not enough money in Bermuda to pay for the value of any of her books.
“The Magistrate from the outset declined to accept any pleadings from the gramophone!
“Detective-constable Swainson gave evidence that he had been in Loblein’s Store, Spanish Point, on April 4 when the defendant came in and asked him if he wanted to buy a book. He asked her the price of a book named “Consolation,” and she said it would be threepence or sixpence, or whatever he wanted to give. Detective Swainson said he gave her threepence for it. He said she also tried to sell books to the clerk and the delivery boy in the shop.
“Miss Johnson said she was not selling any books, but that it was the command of Jehovah that she distribute them. “We place God higher than man,” she said. “We are Jehovah’s witnesses.”
“His Worship was of the opinion that the defendant had contravened the Act and he was quite satisfied that she had been selling without a permit from the Board of Trade. He pointed out to her that she was subject to a fine of £50 or six months in gaol for such an offence, adding “You are not the kind of person we want in Bermuda, and the sooner you leave the better.”
The defendant replied that she was all prepared to go home.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated April 22, 1940 – Jehovah’s Witness Is Convicted In Court)
ST. GEORGE’S ELEVEN WIN EMPIRE DAY
East Enders Win BY 45 Runs Over Western Stars
Empire Day at the Wellington Cricket Field saw the annual game of cricket played between Western Stars and the St. George’s C.C. in which the latter won by 48 runs.
St. George’s took the field and Charles Swan was top scorer for his team making 28 before he was caught by L. Richardson off E. Swainson’s bowling………….
“Bosun” bowled C. Swan c. L. Richardson for 28 and he c. E. Smith b. C. Smith for 18.
N. Smith and Clifford Darrell, the opening batsmen for St. George’s, stayed in for two hours, playing extremely cautiously and giving not chances……. Smith opened out on several occasions, batting several sixes and fours, but for the most part he was content to tire the bowlers, and eventually he remained in after Darrell was l.b.w. for another ball an hour. St. George’s innings closed for 186, while the Stars finished with 138.
Double figures for St. George’s included E. Swainson with 33 after he was c. R. Raynor, b. H. Lawrence.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 27, 1940 – St. George’s Eleven Win Empire Day)
CRICKET MATCH AND DANCE FOR WAR FUND
“Bosun” was a team member of the Western Stars Sports Club when they met the Somerset Cricket Club on Thursday, 6 June, 1940 at the Sports Arena in a match for which the proceeds had been especially set aside for the Bermuda War Fund Appeal.
“In the evening the Committee of the Western Stars have planned to hold a dance at the Ocean View Patio, music will be furnished by Leroy Butterfield and his Swingsters, which will also be in aid of the War Fund. Tickets may be obtained from Messrs. Cleyland Symonds, Hammond Hayward, and Herbert Simons, all member of the Western Stars committee”.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 10, 1940 – Cricket match and dance for war fund)
HUNT AND HORTON PASS THE CENTURY
Good innings were made in a match between the Western Stars Sports Club and the Somerset C.C. in which Alma Hunt proved once again that his batting skill this year were right up to form when he batted an excellent 106.
Batting right behind Hunt was R. Horton who also passed the century. Both cricketers turned out for the Somerset Cricket Club.
Playing before a large crowd at the Sports Arena for Western Stars, Edward “Bosun” Swainson first bowled Alma Hunt for 106, followed by Dr. E. Cann 21.
R. Horton was c. Butterfield, bowled Swainson for 102 and “Bosun” further marked his performance when he bowled L. Simmons for 2.
The Stars were only able to muster 152 runs in reply to Somerset’s 291 however with “Bosun’s” earlier luck with the ball not transferring to his bat.
“Bosun” was c. wkpr. b. Captain A. Hunt for 1.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 17, 1940 – Hunt and Horton pass the century)
POLICE – ST. GEORGE’S WAR FUND CRICKET GAME
It was announced that a cricket game was to be held in aid of the War Fund Appeal between the Bermuda Police force and the St. George’s C.C. for play on Thursday, 27 June, 1940 at Wellington, St. George’s. No entrance fee would be charged to the field, but a collection will be taken during the game.
The Police Force team will be picked from among the following:
COP J. S. McBeath
Assistant Supt. Pantry
Pc A. Hunt
Dc “Bosun” Swainson
Pc Norwood Smith
Pc O’Brien Simons
Detective Officer L. W. Williams
Pc Sheldon Darrell
Pc A. A. Paley
Pc S. M. Duerden
Pc A. M. Duerden
Pc A. Welch
Pc A. C. Frith
Pc Sinclair Simons
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 25, 1940 – Police-St. George’s War Fund Cricket Match)
ST. GEORGE’S ELEVEN DEFEAT POLICE TEAM
The St. George’s cricket team gained an eleven-run victory against the Bermuda Police Force in a match played at the Wellington Field for the benefit of the Bermuda War Fund Appeal. Disappointing from the spectator standpoint, but those who were in attendance witnessed a well-played game.
The St. George’s eleven had a total of 152 runs, earned to a great degree by the batting of D. Nearon and W. Darrell, both of whom were approaching their half-century when they were retired.
For the Bermuda Police Force, Sheldon Darrel and O’Brien Simons, bore the brunt of their teams batting, but were put out before the bowling of W. Darrell. The Police Force reached a total of 141 runs with E. Swainson, c Brangman, b W. Darrell for 14.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 1, 1940 – St. George’s Eleven Defeat Police Team)
POLICE FORCE TEAM FOR SOMERSET MATCH
“The following members of the Bermuda Police Force have been selected to play in the cricket match in which the Force is to compete with the Somerset Cricket Club on Sunday in aid of the Bermuda War Fund Appeal.
Assistant Superintendent C. Pantry
D.c. ‘Bo’ Swainson (Capt)
Det. Sergt. George Smith.
Waiting men are:
J. Harrison and H. Duerden.
Acting Commissioner of Police J. McBeath will umpire, and the scorer will be Sergt. Henderson.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 6, 1940 – Police Force Team For Somerset Match)
SOMERSET CRICKETERS SET BACK POLICE XI
Sum of £6.7.6 Collected At Game For War Fund Appeal
“The Bermuda Police Force cricket team went down to their second defeat on Sunday when a stronger Somerset Cricket Club eleven won the match by an ……. and 124 runs…………..
“A splendid crowd was on hand to witness the match, which was most interesting in spite of the unevenness of the teams. Somerset’s score at the end of the match was 217 for nine, while the Police closed their innings with 93 runs.
“The Police innings began badly, with three wickets going down for 6 runs. With P.c. O’Brien Simons and Captain “Bos’n” Swainson the next men to bat, hopes for an increase in runs enlivened the game. However, Simons was caught at the end of 13 runs, while “Bos’ns” innings of 39 runs was cut short when he was caught by Haxel off Simmonds…………….”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 9, 1940 – Somerset Cricketers Set Back Police XI)
Selection of the challengers for the upcoming Cup March in Somerset this year, in part:
ST. GEORGE’S C.C. SIDE CHOSEN LAST NIGHT
Cup Match Report For Royal Gazette by Alma Hunt
F. Swan was chosen as Captain for the St. George’s C.C. with E. Swainson as a team player. The Somerset eleven had previously chosen Amon Hunt as their Captain.
It was noted that Mr. Alma Hunt was not playing in the Cup Match for personal reasons, and that he “will report next week’s game exclusively for The Royal Gazette and Colonist….[Unintelligible] Mr. Hunt will make some last-minute comments on the team representing the two Clubs”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 27, 1940 – St. George’s C.C. Team Chosen Last Night)
St. George’s played their last match before the Cup Match on the Garrison Recreation Field, in St. George’s and scored a narrow win by 3 wickets over the B.M.A. For St. George’s “Bosun” was c Wainwright, b Furbert for 12.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 27, 1940 – St. George’s Defeat B.M.A. XI)
Cup Match Prospects were examined in a well-written Opinion by Alma Hunt who provided valuable insight into the fast-approaching game:
“Enthusiasm over the Cup Match is just as strong today as it ever was at any time before. The match has an added significance this year as the net proceeds of the game will be put into the war funds here in Bermuda, and a big crowd is expected to witness this famous meeting of the giants. It is seldom indeed that cricket in his country is called upon to render material help to any needful cause, and we hope for two excellent days on this occasion.
“Under present impaired conditions the rival teams have done exceptionally well in practice matches. Individuals on both teams have returned excellent figures at the end of the day, and if both play to form the public can be assured of an interesting game. The two teams have won out in matches in which they had been put out under the century, and as needle matches are always trying both teams have gained valuable confidence.
“In St. George’s competition for a place in the field on Cup Match day has never been keener, and I don’t envy the selectors their job. All the candidates have maintained consistent form, and the team on the whole has taken on fresh courage. Individual performances have greatly impressed and the team spirit has definitely increased to advantage.
“In former year wretched batting and execrable fielding have been the main cause of so many Cup Match reverses for St. George’s. The bowler never really had a chance to settle down to his job.
“In this country, where weather conditions do not alter the condition of the wicket itself, their bowlers have been set an impossible task when bowling against a low score. But the remodeled St. George’s team is displaying dogged determination in the three departments, and the hit back spirit is encouragingly evident.
“The old and established idea of brute force and fancy has been, to some appreciable extent, overcome by calm and discretion: and if the batting holds out to give the bowlers a chance the match is likely to develop into a thriller before the last ball is bowled.
“The fielding of the East End team has shown magnificent improvement right from the start of the season. The fielders have held everything that came their way very often bringing off seemingly impossible catches and the percentage of runs saved is correspondingly higher. Their bowling is as good as it ever was, and is composed of a better variety of spin than any other team in the country: and this particular type of attack might well carry the match.
“In Somerset the difficulty of getting players off from work, and the attitude of certain ‘inaccessibles’, have not seriously affected the morale of the team. The true spirit of sportsmanship cannot be kept down. It is a precious thing! The West Enders’, on the other hand, are an attacking team, and are inclined to rough it on occasion. The tendency to hit the ball over the fence has stultified their stroke play and the grace and charm in stroke play is sadly missed.
“The fielding has always been spectacular and has given excellent support to the bowling in the past. The bowling department has force, if it short of actual fire. Their attack is somewhat narrowed by the absence of a slow spin bowler.
“In so many cases in the past, players on both teams have flattered to deceive. When the Cup Match comes round they seem to develop a complex that does an injustice to the real cricket ability we know they possess. The atmosphere of the big game seems to overcome them.
“There is associated with all big games a moving atmosphere entirely different from any other game in which the same players are taking part, and some people are affected by it more than others.
“Fear of what may happen is likely to disorganize thought at a time when smooth thinking is more valuable than ever. The strong psychological effect experienced on these occasions has not the same effect on everybody. It brings out in some what it keeps down in others, and those whom it affects adversely will need to possess better control over their impulses before real ability will come on show in these matches.
“The opposing captains are wise in the game, and will watch the trend of things with a wary eye. They both realize the value of decision, and the tactics of these two leaders may have a vital bearing on the match.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated July 27, 1940 – Cup Match Prospects)
VICTORY FOR ST. GEORGE’S OR DRAW IN THE CUP MATCH?
Hard-fought Game Predicted In Today’s Encounter At Somerset
Writing for the Royal Gazette on the day prior to the 38th Cup Match Alma Hunt wrote: –
“Swainson is the only outstanding personality in the match. He stands in Cup Match history as the only batsman to notch a century beating the previous record of 82 set up be he writer. Warm indeed should be the reception on the Somerset ground for such a pillar of cricket, a man whose successes have been so many in recent Cup Matches as to savour a legend rather than of actual achievement………… (mostly unintelligible)
Alma continued: –
“In matters of cricket the prophet is usually wrong – we all know that from bitter experience. Having essayed prophecy on more than one occasion it is with great reserve that I assert in my opinion that the match will either be drawn or won by St. George’s.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 2, 1940)
ST. GEORGE’S MAKE SHAKY START IN 38th ANNUAL CUP MATCH
Dismissed For 165; Somerset At Close Of Play Had 132 Runs For 4 Wickets
Heavy Rain Brings Early End to First Day’s Play; Has Threatened Since Morning
[Reported by Alma Hunt]
Fortune frowned heavily on a game that promised so much but it was almost a wash-out on this first day. After the clouds cleared away a delayed start saw St. George’s win the toss and wisely decide to bat first……………….
[It should be noted that there were two Swainson brothers’ playing for St. George’s in this 1st Innings game – “Bosun” and his brother Charles]
A sensation came when Simmons bowled to “Bosun” Swainson who was caught by G. Simons off his second ball [for 5 runs]. (Score: 26-4-5).
“St. George’s had made a poor start. Walter Darrell smiled as he went out to join his brother. These two, it was obvious, would have to fight in order to change the situation………………………”
C. Swainson was later bowled Proctor for 32 runs.
Rain stopped play at 5.30 pm with St. George’s 1st. Innings score of 165.
Somerset’s 1st Innings for a total of four wickets stood at 132.
ST. GEORGE’S TEAM
38th Annual Cup Match
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, August 3, 1940)
SOMERSET WIN CUP BY FOUR WICKETS AND FIVE RUNS
Bad Managements Costs St. George’s Game Which They Might Have Won
Big Crowd Sees Poor End To 38th Game At Royal Naval Field On Saturday
[Reported by Alma Hunt]
“Somerset retained the Cup, but St. George’s should not have lost the match. They beat St. George’s by four wickets and five runs in a match characterized by bad management on the part of St. George’s. Strange but true is the tale of the brilliance, the fight and the blunders produced in this match.
“I gave out in one of my previous articles that if the batting held out to give the bowling a chance, and providing that the teams were managed judiciously, St. George’s would win the cup; or force a draw. I also stated that spin bowling would very likely dominate the bat……………
“St. George’s first innings should have produced more runs. They had the advantage of the damp ball in the morning, but the chance of a really big score was actually thrown away by the recklessness of W. Darrel and C. “21” Swainson…………….
“St. George’s commenced their second innings with E. Swainson and C. Swainson. “Bos’un” was out in the second over [for 1 run] from a skier to Hazell at backward point off Simmons. St. George’s were evidently going to make a dash for victory, and try and force some valuable runs before lunch.
C. Swainson had his middle and off stump knocked back by Proctor’s second ball in the third over [for 1 run] ……………………”
“Immediately on passing St. George’s total the scoring was stopped, even though the players continued playing for twenty minutes.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, August 5, 1940)
Although earlier selected to play as a team member for The Western Stars Sports Club against Young Men’s Social Club in the annual event for the Colonial Mineral Water Co. cup then held by the Western Stars, E. Swainson instead umpired the mid-August match along with H. Place.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 10 & 15,1940)
The sudden death occurred on Sunday, 19th January, 1941 of well-known Bermuda sportsman and cricketer Cleveland (Bant) Symonds……………Members of the Western Stars Sports Club of which he was a member gathered on the following Wednesday for his funeral when –
“The body was borne from the house to the hearse by some of Bermuda’s best known cricketers including Amon Hunt, Captain of the Somerset Cricket Club, E. Swainson of the St. George’s C.C. and Howard Bascombe, Sylvester Lee, Dick Malory and Reynold Smith, all of the Western Stars Sports Club.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated January 22, 1941 – Death and Funeral of Well-Known Cricketer, Cleveland Symonds, Member of the Western Stars C.C.)
Police Recreation XI And R.E. Workmen Are Tied
“Cricket elevens of the Police Recreation Club and the R.E. Workmen battled to a draw on the Garrison Recreation Ground at Prospect, the Workmen being all out for 158 runs, and the Police scoring 125 runs for the loss of five wickets. Best bats for the Workmen’s XI were N. Minors 39, and H. Leader 22, while the Police were best served by Edward “Bosun” Swainson with 39. The scores follow, in part:
R.E WORKMEN’S XI
E. S. Thomas c. A Hunt b. E. Swainson………..6
H. Leader c. A. Hunt b. E. Swainson…………..22
G. Woodley c. E. Swainson b. Amon Hunt……..8
DeVent c.& b. E. Swainson……………………..10
POLICE RECREATION CLUB XI
E. Swainson c. Woodley b. Mapp……………...39
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 20, 1941)
More Local Cricket occurred one week later when the St. George’s C.C. XI beat the Western Stars Sports Club XI in an all-day game at the long-standing Empire Day cricket match played at the Sports Arena, Pembroke.
“A fairly good crowd attending the match witnessed the East Enders retain their supremacy over their Western rivals, the St. Georgians winning by a margin of 53 runs.”
This game might well have been considered a family affair as demonstrated below:
C. [Charles] “21” Swainson playing for St. George’s was lbw. Adderley for……. 0
His younger brother, “Bosun” Swainson, playing for Western Stars, was c. C. Darrell, b. Richardson for …….0.
And J. [Joseph] Swainson, “Bosun’s” younger brother also playing for Western Stars, was c. E. Simons, b. N. Smith for ……3.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 29, 1941)
WESTERN STARS BLASTED BY SOMERSET C.C. XI
Alma Hunt Scores 147 Runs; Winners Reach 300 Mark
“The Hunt brothers – Alma and Eric – of the Somerset Cricket Club were too much for the Western Stars Sports Club team in the annual King’s Birthday holiday friendly cricket match played on the Sports Arena Ground on Thursday. The Somerset XI virtually blasted the Stars off the field with a score of 300 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
“Of this total Alma “Champ” Hunt, scored his second century of the week, this time improving on the previous score by bating 147 runs. Eric Hunt scored 54 runs. On top of the high scoring, Alma Hunt took five Western Stars wickets for five runs to complete an excellent day’s play.
“The Stars were completely routed and were able to score a meagre 76, which although small against such a team as the Somerset C.C. was very creditable. Play started about 11.10 a.m. and continued throughout the afternoon before an appreciative audience. Only two of the Stars players managed to reach double figures. Edward “Bosun” Swainson on the Western stars XI scored five of his side’s runs and bowled three Somerset wickets for 60.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 14, 1941)
On the 1st July, 1941 ‘Bosun’ was appointed as a 1st Class Constable with an annual salary of £275.0.0 together with a Uniform allowance of £10 p.a. and allowance in leiu of Quarters of £36 p.a. He remained in this appointment throughout 1942 and 1943.
CRICKET CUP MATCH THRILLS PROVIDED AT SOMERSET
Alma Hunt Scores Century For Cup-holders in 39th Annual Sporting Event
Somerset Holds Slight Overnight Lead
“The 1941 Cricket Cup tussle between the Somerset and St. George’s elevens ………was not devoid of its usual thrills with an estimated 2,000 spectators in attendance. Two of the greatest thrills of the first innings play……….. were Alma Hunt’s brilliant batting in which he amassed 104 of his side’s 176 runs, and the spectacular catch by the St. Georgian colt Leroy Richardson, [“Tubby” – of whom later] which was responsible for dismissing Hunt from the game.
“Richardson bowled to Hunt and the former Scottish professional drove hard and true straight up the wicket. Richardson lunged forward for the catch. The ball was travelling at a terrific speed and in making the catch, the bowler rolled over on the ground.
“Scanning the line-ups of both elevens, two names outshone any of their team-mates –
those being Alma “Champ” Hunt, of the Somerset XI, and the inimitable Edward “Bosun” Swainson of the East End Club. During the seven-year period that Hunt was over in Scotland chalking up new records in the Scottish County League, Swainson, the pride of the St. Georgians, eclipsed the “Champ’s” record of 88 runs by scoring the first and only century so far in cup match play.
“By his superb batting in recent years, Swainson has gained for himself the title of “No. 1 batsman” of these Islands. Many followers of cricket were of the opinion that the inclusion of Hunt in the Somerset lineup this year is a definite challenge to Swainson’s record. Others had the feeling that, following a year’s coaching of the St. George’s team, Hunt was merely putting his protégés to a test.
“The sight of Hunt in the regalia of his home club was warmly received as he trundled from the pavilion to the crease to open the Somerset innings with his brother Eric…………..
“Looking over the players afield we noted several veterans who have acquitted themselves nobly in previous encounters. These standouts included “Bosun” Swainson, “Buller” Darrell and Walter Darrell – players who need no introduction to the Island’s cricket followers………………
“At this period of the game it looked as though the former Scottish professional was going all out to obliterate “Bosun” Swainson’s standing batting record of 122 runs not out. When Hunt reached the three figure mark, a wild yell filled the ear, Hunt responding to the applause by waving his bat above his head. A good piece of sportsmanship was enacted as “Bosun” Swainson was the first member of the St. George’s eleven to run over and offer his congratulations to Hunt.
SWAINSON’S RECORD STANDS
“Swainson’s record remained intact however, when the “champ” was smartly caught and bowled by [Tubby] Richardson, with his total at 104 and his team’s aggregate at 129 for seven wickets……………………
“Promptly at 12.15 p.m. the challengers opened their first inning………………
…….With the scoreboard reading 39-3-8 ……A cheer rose from the crowd as “Bosun” Swainson trekked from the pavilion to join “Brodie” Smith………… soon after 3 o’clock Champ Hunt trundled from the clubhouse end of the crease to Swainson, who took a single. Smith played the remainder of the over. After a semblance of his old self, the veteran “Bosun” fell victim to Hunt’s bowling, playing into the hands of Lloyd Simmons at second slip. Swainson was out after scoring six runs, and his team’s total now stood at 58 for the loss of four wickets…………………
Somerset 1st Innings
L. Simmons, c. E. Swainson, b. C. Smith……..23
St. George’s 1st Innings
E. Swainson, c. Simmons, b, Alma Hunt……….6
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, August 2, 1941)
SOMERSET C.C. RETAINS CUP IN 39th ANNUAL ENCOUNTER
On this second day of the great game:
“Edward “Bosun” Swainson joined Dismont, and after a sojourn from the crease to the pavilion Swainson called upon Clifford Darrel to run for him. With the score at 26, “Champ” Hunt relieved Proctor and Swainson drove Hunt’s first delivery to the boundary, to raise the tally to 30. This partnership carried the score to 50 after an hour and a quarter of exciting play, and it was certain that both batsmen were settling down. Their strokes became swift and confident. Excitement gradually gained as the score, though still meagre, was climbing upwards………………
“Swainson’s appearance at this period of the game for the East End XI gave their followers more heart. It was now hard to forecast just how the game would finish. A hard leg hook by Dismont sent the score past the 70 mark, amid cheers from the crowd. This partnership, however, was broken when Swainson, while attempting a pull, skied to Alma Hunt at cover-point off the bowling of “Porgie” Smith, and the popular “Bosun” trudged back to the pavilion with the score standing at 77. Swainson’s efforts netted his side 29 runs, and this figure certainly had bolstered the St. George’s eleven’s chances………..
In the end, “the St. Georgian’s were unfortunate and much credit is due them for their wonderful fighting spirit and determination.”
Somerset 2nd Innings
A. Smith, c. Swainson, b. Welch…………….12
St. George’s 2nd Innings
E. Swainson, c. Alma Hunt, b. A. Smith ……29
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, August 4, 1941)
In an extensive 2001 interview with The Royal Gazette Leroy (Tubby) Richardson contributed the following to say, in part:
“It was also in the mid-1940s that players were given 'out of pocket expenses' to play in Cup Match so as not to jeopardize their amateur status as professionals were not supposed to play in Cup Match. Nowadays the players' are compensated quite well for two days of cricket.
Mr. Richardson, his memory still sharp, calculated 32 players from St. George's and 34 from Somerset that he [had] played with and against in Cup Match in the 1940s and '50s,
Asked about his approach to the game as a captain?
"My motto before I went out onto the field was we play every game as if our lives are at stake. I used to say to the players – 'please, one eye on me and one eye on the bowler and if you see something that you think will help the situation don't hesitate to bring it to my attention.'
"The best captain I played under was Bosun Swainson. I didn't play under many – it was only Bosun, Walter Darrell, Jigger Smith and Carlton Welch, for one year."
"Because I've been in it, I know it's not an easy road to travel. I know I've made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time I did some good for the game. "I learned a lot from those older than me as well as younger."
[For St. George’s there were household] names like Bosun Swainson, Cocky Steede, Fred (Bullar) Darrell, Clarence (Jigger) Smith, Norwood (Brodie) Smith, Andy Smith, Wellington (Buster) Smith, Kenny Smith, Wilbur Burgess, Irving Pascoe, Sam Paynter, Carlton Welch, Clarence Simmons, Cecil Dismont, Lloyd James, George Dyer, Calvin (Bummy) Symonds and Alfred (Fleas) Hall.
For Somerset, there were players like Amon, Champ, Eric and Delbert Hunt, Arthur Durrant, Arnim (Sam Porgy) Smith, Nathaniel, Nathan and Joe Proctor, Ray Horton, Nigel (Chopper) Hazel, Earl Hazel, McDonald Simmons, Anthony Roberts, Kenny Maybury, Timmy Edwards, Austin (Cheesy) Hughes, Eugene Woods, Charles (Buckjuice) Swan, Charles Daulphin and Sheridan Raynor.
(see The Royal Gazette dated July 27, 2001 – Cup Match stalwart aims for 66 not out)
Former St George’s captain Wendell Smith wrote a series of articles on former Cup Match legends and in 2013 one such story featured Ernest Roy “Tubby” Richardson a true legend of the game whom I interviewed over breakfast one morning in St. Georges.
“Tubby” looked well for his age of 96 (born June, 1921) and easily remembered that his father Robert James “Bob” Richardson had been a former captain of the St. George’s Cup Match team.
When asked by Wendell Smith to recall the funniest thing he’d seen in cricket, “Tubby” answered:
“During my first Cup Match  at the Royal Navy field, I weighed only 123 pounds, and I was wearing a green belt. I told the skipper ‘Bosun’ Swainson that I wanted to go off and change my belt. He told me to go ahead. Amon Hunt, the captain of Somerset, stood on the boundary and told me that I dare not come off the field, and he wouldn’t let me do so. As it happened, I had to send James ‘Peets’ Smith to get my belt and was made to change it on the field. In those days the senior players of Somerset could be quite intimidating, so I obeyed his command.
(see The Royal Gazette dated July 26, 2013 – Tubby Richardson a true legend of the game)
When interviewed by Royal Gazette reporter Rajan Simons in February, 2018 “Tubby” revealed, in part:
“In 1938 at the age of 18, I joined the St. George’s Colts Sports Club and played on both the cricket and football teams of the day. After much practice in between times I made my Cup Match debut with a bang in 1941, claiming the wicket of another Cup Match great Alma “Champ” Hunt, with only my fifth ball in the annual classic.
“From there I played in 11 Cup Matches between 1941 and 1946, and 1951 to 1955”.
In all “Tubby” captained his beloved St. George’s four times, tasting defeat only once, in 1954”.
(see The Royal Gazette dated February 8, 2018 – Celebrating Bermudians, Cricketer Ernest Roy Richardson)
WESTERN STARS RETAIN COLONIAL CRICKET CUP
Annual Match Played At Sports Arena Thursday
The Western Stars Sports Club XI played the Young Men’s Social Club XI with the former team retaining the trophy at the conclusion of play. The Social Cub went to bat first and closed their inning with a total of 158 for nine wickets. The Stars, however, came back strong after a bad start and amassed 106 runs for the loss of six wickets to keep their hold on the handsome cup.
“After starting badly by losing the first wicket before any score had been made ………a remarkable partnership between E. Golden and R. Raynor brought the score to 70, the former scoring 39 runs and the latter 34. Edward Swainson followed with a quick scoring effort of 17 runs. The game ended on the fall of Stars’ sixth wicket.”
E. Swainson, ct. at wkt. b. Brimmer…………..17
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 16, 1941)
Only a few days after he was caught at the wicket for 17, “Bosun” was at work investigating a case of dishonesty which occurred on August 19, 1941. A suspect was soon identified and charges were laid resulting in an interesting turn of events at the eventual Supreme Court trial in November.
Court Won’t Accept a Jury’s Verdict
“The discharge of a petit jury who had brought in a verdict which His Honour the Chief Justice, the Hon. Sir. Brooke Francis, stated he was not prepared to accept, with the proposition by His Honour that another jury would be empaneled to try the case, caused a mild sensation [yesterday] during the progress of the Michaelmas Assizes of the Supreme Court in Criminal Session.
“The first case to be tried before the petit jury at the Assizes was that of Percy Charles Clarence Parsons who pleaded not guilty to a charge of breaking, entering and stealing……..
“[Complainant] stated that when she returned home she found that someone had slept in her bed. Cigarettes and fruit were missing. Complainant’s daughter told the court that she saw the accused leave the house with a shopping bag under his arm and his shoes in his hand.
“Detective Constable E. Swainson stated that he went to the house but did not find any sign of the forcing of any doors or windows. Detective Sergeant Duerden charged the accused on August 20 and the accused remarked, “I have nothing to say.” Parsons elected to take the witness stand where he gave a statement on oath………..
“The petit jury retired at 12.55 to consider their verdict…………. When the court resumed at 2.15 p.m. the petit jury brought in the following verdict against Parsons, “Guilty of breaking and entering. Strongly recommend leniency.”
“His Honour the Chief Justice stated that if the question of theft had entered into the considerations he felt the following endorsement should have been made: “We find him not guilty of the felony of theft charged against him.”
“After consultation with Assistant Justice R. C. Hollis Hallett, His Honour stated that he had been reminded by Mr. Hallett that there was no such offence as breaking and entering. On the basis of the jury’s finding the accused was merely trespassing, which was not the charge against him. With the evidence before the court and jury, His Honour stated, he was not prepared to accept the verdict and he proposed to discharge the jury hand have another jury empaneled to try the case. His Honour added it was regrettable, but this was his only course. The jury was then discharged. Parsons was remanded in custody.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated November 5, 1941)
A roundup of sporting champions in Bermuda during the past year included three Bermuda Police Force officers who took winning honours as follows in the game of BILLIARDS:
Crisson Cup ------ Frank Ford, P.R.C.
Stoney Cup ------- Edward Swainson
Citizens Cup ------ Edward Swainson
Gray Cup ---------- Arthur Childs
“In drawing down the curtain on the 1941 Sports Calendar this week, Bermuda should have no regrets for the simple reason that this Colony has enjoyed one of its best periods in the recreational field in recent years. Sporting events were enlarged and the war clouds did not even dim temporarily the spotlight that shone on the numerous events in all branches of sports successfully carried out during the twelve months that have just passed. Upsets and near upsets, as usual, helped to thrill the vast crowds that followed such favourite games as cricket, tennis, soccer and baseball, while boxing had its inning, although not on such a large scale as in previous years.
“With the advent to these shores of members of the United States services, scattered over all areas of the Islands, and also the base workers at the East and West of the Colony, sports were definitely bolstered during the year……………...
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated January 2, 1942)
BREAKING AND ENTERING INVESTIGATION - CAMERA STORE
Continuing his working duties, Detective Constable Edward Swainson of the C.I.D. told the Hamilton Police Court in March that he conducted investigations of a case of breaking, entering at the Camera Store, Queen Street, Hamilton and the theft therefrom of £12 in cash and a quantity of camera equipment.
D.C. Swainson said he had recorded statements from both youths which he read to the court, and had later charged them with related offences for which they were now before the court. He entered into evidence cameras and equipment he had recovered. Both youths were remanded in custody by the Wor. H. Martin Godet, JP.
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated March 20, 1942)
The annual friendly cricket match observing the King’s Birthday holiday was again played in mid-June between the cup-holders Somerset Cricket Club XI and the Western Stars Sports Club. Alma Hunt, Bermuda’s No. 1 cricketer who spent several years as player-coach of the Aberdeenshire C.C. of the Scottish Counties Cricket League, playing for his old club, went out early in the game on the “l.b.w. route,” on the bowling of L. Butterfield. Somerset scored 158 before the Stars, retaliating poorly, managed to amass only 73 runs.
For Western Stars:
E. Swainson c. E. Brown b. N.A. Proctor …….1
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated June 15, 1942)
On July 19th 1942 a friendly ‘Tune-Up Game’, saw the Police Recreation Club travel to the Royal Naval Recreational Ground to play the cup holders Somerset C. C. team. The police team was in the fortunate position of having several players from previous Cup Matches on their side which made the practice game more interesting and gave the Somerset XI keener competition. The team and followers left Hamilton for Somerset on the 12.15 p.m. train and returned from Somerset by the 6.40 p.m. train. The Somerset cup holders are not expected to have matters all their own way.
For this game the Police R. C. XI was represented by Detective Constable Edward “Bosun” Swainson, Constables Amon Hunt, Sheldon Darrell, R. Adderley, F. Duerdon, Norwood Smith, C. Welch, Dunstan, J. Harrison, A. Duerdon, and Usher.
SELECTION OF CUP MATCH TEAMS
Both teams contesting the coveted trophy had been busy during recent weeks in “test” matches preparing for the forthcoming 40th annual Cup Match commencing on Friday 7th August. Various selected elevens throughout the Colony have played and from the scores registered in these practice games, the “real thing” next Friday and Saturday looks like being just as keen if not keener than any game played between the teams in the last decade.
The selected Cup Match teams are as follows:
Somerset C.C. XI:
Amon Hunt (Capt.), Alma Hunt (Vice Capt.), Arnim Smith, Ernest Brown, Nathaniel Proctor, Nathan Proctor, Lloyd Simmons, Kenneth Horton, George Simons, Nigel Hazel and Anthony Roberts. Umpire: Crofton Cann. Scorer: Edward Durrant.
St. George’s C.C. XI:
Walter Darrell (Capt.), Clarence Smith (Vice Capt.), Edward “Bosun” Swainson, Frederick Darrell, Cecil Dismont, Sheldon Darrell, Raymond Websen (colt), Cariton Welch, Leroy [“Tubby”] Richardson, Andler Edwards (colt) and Winfield Darrell (colt). Waiting Men: – C. “21” Swainson and B. Wainwright. Umpire: James Brown. Scorer: Edgar Ward. [See more discussion later about the ‘colts’]
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated:
(July 10, 1942 – Police Cricket XI To Meet Somerset C.C. XL, Match Arranged For Play At R.N. Field On July 19)
(July 17, 1942 – Police VS. Somerset on Sunday Afternoon – Friendly Cricket Match Is Arranged Between Teams)
(July 20, 1942 – Cricket Cup Match To Open Next Friday – 40th Annual Game Between Somerset and St. George’s – Strong Team Selected: Governor Expected To Attend)
CUP MATCH PROSPECTS were discussed just prior to the Classic with the following revelations of interested noted – [in part]:
“Several well-known players will be missed in the Eastend lineup when the team takes the field and three new players will make their debut. [Andler] Edwards, one of the three is well known as an excellent bowler and many supporters of the St. George’s team felt he should have been played last year. Edwards can bowl all day if necessary, but that is not expected to be necessary.
“A player who has appeared quite a lot in inter-Colonial cricket is R. Websen, an all-rounder from Antigua who is expected to strengthen the side enormously. Then there will be Winfield Darrell, who comes from a family of cricketers, a boy who has shown natural talent. His brothers, Walter and Sheldon Darrell two of the mainstays of the team have shown excellent form in the few matches they appeared in this season and are at peak condition.
“C. Smith, vice-captain of the team, is also expected to do well this year, while Edward “Bosun” Swainson, free from the cares of captaincy, has also been showing a nice free style with the bat……………..”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated August 5, 1942 – Cup Match Prospects)
ANNUAL CUP MATCH IS FACED WITH PROBLEM
Lack of Transportation Will Keep Many At Home
“………..the big question again this year is the matter of transportation. Difficulties in this respect were experienced last year, resulting in hundreds of people from many parishes in the Colony being unable to travel to watch the annual classic and from observation the number of “stay-at-homes” this year will probably be tripled over that of 1941.
“Both rail and boat schedules have been modified and long distance carriage rides will be definitely out. In regards to the latter the Department of Agriculture issued a statement a few days ago to the effect that although the feed situation has been relieved in some measure, owners are advised that the greatest care has to be taken with their horses. Permits issued by the Government Veterinary Officer are for light work only which means that no long journeys can be covered in the height of summer……….
“The food question also will have its effect on those travelling to the match and there is every likelihood that the familiar stalls, erected each year near the playing field, will be few in number, which will mean a greater us of the of picnic basket.
“Players of both teams are confident that they will take the Cup back to the shelves of their respective club rooms, a question that will not be answered ‘till late on Saturday afternoon. No changes are reported from the selections made last week……………”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Thursday, August 6, 1942 – Annual Cup Match Is Faced With Problems)
Fortieth Annual Encounter Opened Yesterday Morning
Hunt and Hazel Brilliant; EastEnders Weak At Bat
Although the S.S. Woodside sailed at 9.0 a.m. from Hamilton and returned at the conclusion of each day’s play, it was:
“Probably one of the smallest crowds in recent years yesterday witnessed the opening day’s play of the annual cricket match………………….an estimated 2,000-odd being on hand to watch a game that turned out towards the end of the afternoon to be as one-sided as the leaning tower of Pizza. The Somerset XI, as usual, are defending their title……, which this year has lost much of its gala appearance owing to war conditions and other unforeseen circumstances that have cropped up since the teams clashed last year………………..
“Play was several minutes late in starting yesterday, the St. George’s team opening at bat with Fred Darrell, stocky little wicket-keeper, and lanky Cecil Dismont………….
Within two hours the entire St. George’s side was dismissed for a meagre total of 76 runs, Dismont making the best stand with 22. Nathan Proctor seemed to be the “bogey-man” for the Eastend batsmen his hurling being so superb that he took four St. George’s wickets for 22 runs. The St. Georgians were definitely “rationed” on runs.
“Followers of the St. George’s team more or less expected to see Edward “Bosun” Swainson pull them out of their difficulties, but the Somerset bowlers continued with their barrage and the “Bosun” went down on a count of 15, the second highest scorer on the challengers’ team………………
St. George’s C.C. XI (1st Innings)
E. Swainson, c. Hazel b. Simmons …………..15
SOMERSET C.C. RETAINS LOCAL CRICKET TROPHY
“……………… The St. Georgians were speeding up the play, which was entirely different from the previous day………………… However, Websen was dismissed on a fine catch by Amon Hunt for the fall of the second St. George’s wicket, Edwards being the next Eastend batsman. Tally – 68:2:5.
“……………… The Eastenders were making a much better stand than they did on the opening day and shortly after 3 o’clock the score had climbed over the 90 mark.
“Edwards blasted on of “Champ” Hunt’s deliveries right out of the field on the second ball of the over and the score was now only four runs short of the century mark. Amos Hunt caught a high ball from the bat of Edwards over the boundary line, but no signal was given, the umpires’ decision being that it was a “no ball.” This caused some excitement among the crowd as many thought that six runs should have been added to the Easteners’ score…………… The century mark was reached a few minutes before 3.30 p.m. the St. Georgians having taken close on two and a half hours to set the pace.
“Bosun” Swainson, who had been taken early in the opening day’ play, went to bat as partner to Edwards. The latter was taking Champ Hunt’s bowling over the hurdles but was dismissed on a catch by Nathan Proctor…………… the St. George’s supporters were now hoping that Sheldon Darrell would not hit his stride as he had done on many occasions, but his partnership with Swainson was soon broken up when “Bosun” was out on a great catch by Amon Hunt. Tally – 121:6:7.
“…………….. The ninth St. Georges wicket fell at 4.40 p.m. Clarence Smith being bowled by Lloyd Simmons. This brought skipper Walter Darrell to make the final stand, but the writing was on the wall for the Eastenders and within ten minutes the game was over when Leroy [Tubby] Richardson was stumped at wicket.
St. George’s C.C. XI (2nd Innings)
E. Swainson, c. Amon Hunt b. L. Simmons………7
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Saturday, August 8, 1942)
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated Monday, August 10, 1942)
[This annual classic of 1942 appears to have been the last Cup Match game in which “Bosun” competed. That is to say, as you will read, he did lend his talent to play friendly games on occasion from this point onwards]
COMMITTED ON A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SUICIDE
74-Year-Old Man Alleged To Have Cut Throat With Razor
In the Hamilton Police Court before the Wor H. Martin Godet, a man was committed for trial under Section 250 of the Criminal Code with attempting to kill himself by cutting his throat with a razor, the alleged offence being committed at Friswell’s Hill in November 22, 1942.
Witnesses call by the prosecution included a man who went to the accused’s house on the night in question after he had been called by the accused’s wife. On entering the bathroom he saw the accused, who he had known for about 30 years, dressed in pyjamas and lying on the floor. He spoke to the accused who then put his left hand to his throat. There was an open razor in his hand said the witness, and blood gushed from his throat. The witness said that he gripped both the accused’s hands and tried to take the razor away but was unable to do so.
The witness called for more assistance and during the waiting time he held the accused
on the floor with one hand on each side of his head. The accused kept moving his head towards the razor and, in trying to prevent this the witness said he received a bite on his left wrist. The accused eventually dropped the razor and the witness said that he picked it up and ran out of the bathroom and threw the razor into the yard. An ambulance later arrived and accused was taken to hospital.
A second witness said he also was called to the accused’s house and on his way he heard the accused’s wife shouting, “Murder! Help!” On entering the house he saw the accused in bed with the first witness holding his hands and telling him to keep quiet.
Dr. Harvey gave evidence that he had known the accused for about eight years. He told the court about the seven injuries to the accused’s throat and said he considered the accused a normal man although he seemed to be rather excited in Hospital. He had not noticed any suicidal tendencies.
“Detective Constable Swainson, the last prosecution witness, testified that at about 11.10 p.m. on November 22, 1942, he was on duty at Smith’s Hill. He heard shouts of “Murder” coming from the direction of Friswell’s Hill and went to investigate. There was a large crowd outside the accused’s house. On entering, Rubain was in bed. The witness said he saw spots and smears of blood on the bed and also on the bathroom floor. There was no evidence of a struggle having taken place.
“[The accused], who appeared to be very upset, told His Worship that he did not know anything that night until [the first witness] jumped on him and then he went off his head. He denied cutting his throat and said he would not do such a thing, adding that Dr. Harvey knew what his complaint was as he had had four operations.”
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated December 2, 1942)
ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN AT CORNER DRUG STORE
“On Monday night [in May] at 11.30 p.m. Det. Constable Edward Swainson called at the home of Mr. Jacques Smith, owner of the Corner Drug Store asking him to come to the Police Station. On arriving at the Station Mr. Smith learnt that some persons had attempted to break into the Corner Drug Store. The attempt was foiled by the vigilance of the police department. Two persons were apprehended, both of them being very young.
“It has since been learnt from Mr. Smith that no damage had been done and nothing had been taken, and that one of the persons had been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment.”
(see The Recorder dated May 19, 1943 – Police Court News)
“Bosun” was described as “one of Bermuda’s finest strokesmen” when he formed part of a picked team in July under the captaincy of Cyril Packwood to test the stamina of the St. George’s C.C. Packwood’s team is named………..
(see The Recorder dated July 14, 1943 – Cricket at St. Georges tomorrow)
In mid-July around 200 spectators witnessed a friendly game at the Royal Naval Field between Somerset C.C. and the Police Recreation Club which included some well-known local players. Somerset was beaten down to the low score of 160 by the excellent bowling efforts of J. Hayward who took five wickets, and ‘Bosun’ Swainson who took three wickets.
The P.R.C. scored 129 for the loss of five wickets. Of this total “Bosun” contributed 42 runs. The time element saved Somerset from tasting defeat and the game played out to to a draw.
(see The Recorder dated July 21, 1943 – Somerset C.C. and Police Recreation Club Play to Draw)
It appears that St. George's Cup Match team had great difficulty winning Cup Matches during War Years because they lost in 1939, 1940, 1941, and 1942, but their fortunes changed slightly for the better when they hosted the 1943 Cup Match which ended in a draw.
POLICEMAN PERFORMS YEOMAN ACT
The public will be pleased to learn that P.C. O’Brian Simons, the former Somerset Cup Match Star distinguished himself recently in the course of his duties.
It would seem that Sgt. Wilson and Det. Constable E. R. Swainson were trying to take David Galloway to the station and Galloway at the time had something in his pockets that looked like tins.
Galloway broke away and jumped overboard, and Constable Simons also jumped overboard along with a crew member of a ship in port at the time and forced Galloway to swim ashore. When Galloway came ashore he gave more trouble and he was “egged on” by the crowd. Simons once again helped Det. Constable Swainson and Sergeant Wilson and together they eventually managed to get Galloway to the station.
(see The Recorder dated August 18, 1943 – Policeman Performs Yeoman Act)
‘Bosun’ is listed in the Blue Book as a 1st Class Constable (Supy-Sergeant) at £275.0.0 p.a. with a personal allowance of £54 at 15%.
On Thursday May 25, 1944 ‘Bosun’ played for the Western Stars Sports Club when they beat the Young Men’s Social Club at the Sports Arena in a Somers Isle Cricket League match. The Stars went into bat first at 2.17 pm. The partnership of L. Butterfield and G. DeSilva proved lucrative, 72 runs being scored before wickets were captured.
The Stars used only two bowlers, Rowling and Beck, to defeat the Socials’ batsmen.
“Bosun” is shown among the individual scores listed as:
Western Stars Social Club
E. Swainson, c L. Richardson, b E. Gilbert………..1
Young Men’s Social Club
C. Bascombe, c. E. Swainson, b H. Beck………..10
(see The Royal Gazette and Colonist Daily dated May 27, 1944 – Western Stars Beat Young Men’s Social Club, Score 126 and Win by 64 Runs at Sports Arena)
It is quite possible this was the last cricket match "Bo" Swainson ever played but we know for sure he would have been delighted when St. George's Cricket Club triumphed in the 1944 Cup Match.
On 1st. January, 1945 ‘Bosun’ was appointed a Detective 3rd. Class at £280.0.0 p.a. with a personal annual allowance of £54.0.0 and a Uniform allowance of £10.
During this post-war year and throughout 1947 ‘Bosun’ served as a Detective 3rd. Class at a raised annual salary of £475.0.0 and an allowance in lieu. of Quarters of £48 p.a.
During those years, he served in company with Detectives John Wallace Starbuck and Floyd Maxwell Fogo (sic) Duerden.
On 1st. May, 1948 ‘Bosun’ was appointed a Detective Sergeant with a salary of £500.0.0 p.a. He was subject to a bonus of approx. 10% for this year of 1948.
On 1st. February, 1949 ‘Bosun’ was appointed as a Detective Inspector with a salary of £650.0.0 p.a. He received a Uniform allowance of £36 p.a. together with an allowance in lieu. of Quarters of £96 p.a.
Upon this appointment, ‘Bosun’ became the first colored Bermudian to reach the Officer ranks of the Bermuda Police Force.
During a short jury trial soon after ‘Bosun’s promotion, the Chief Justice, the Hon. Sir Brooke Francis commented favorably on Inspector Swainson’s recent elevation in rank. The Chief Justice’s comments included in the report on the trial:–
POLICE METHODS IN GETTING STATEMENTS
Cleared By Judge After Charges By Accused
February 12, 1949
Police methods in obtaining statements from a prisoner were exonerated in the Supreme Court yesterday after a lengthy examination of the circumstances under which Rupert Frederick Gibbons, accused of stealing a wallet from Pfc. Ray O. Wiley of Kindley Air Force Base, made two statements to the police concerning the affair.
The alleged theft of the wallet took place late on New Year’s Eve or early on New Year’s Day, on the road between the Tennis Stadium and the St. John’s Church property in Pembroke.
Gibbons was taken to police headquarters early on New Year’s Day and later that morning made his first statement to the police. On the following Monday Gibbons made a second statement.
“THREATS HELD OUT”
When Major David Huxley, the Solicitor General, applied for permission to introduce the second statement as evidence in Gibbons’s trial, it was challenged by Mr. P.J.C. Smith, Gibbons’s counsel. His client’s instructions were, he said, that the detectives taking the statement had questioned him and and also that threats had been held out to him to “tell everything and it will be more easy for you.”
The Chief Justice dismissed the jury until this morning while he heard evidence on Gibbons’s allegations against the police. This investigation lasted nearly two hours and resulted in the Chief Justice ruling that he was fully convinced the statements were made voluntarily.
“I have no hesitation in saying that the (second) statement was voluntary and that the accused has brought this charge irresponsibly,” he said. “However, this is a warning to all police officers, from the highest to the lowest, of the need for care in taking statements.”
The Chief Justice also announced that he would refuse to consider such charges in the future unless they had first been raised during the preliminary hearings in the lower court.
TO MANIFEST JUSTICE
“I have made this exhaustive enquiry not only to see that justice is done but also that it will be overtly manifest that justice was done,” he said.
The first witness in the investigation of police methods was Superintendent Charles W. Pantry, head of the Criminal Investigation Department, who said that he had first spoken to Gibbons on the forenoon of Monday, January 3, after Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson had told him that Gibbons wanted to see him.
Mr. Pantry said that he had asked Gibbons what he wanted, to which he said that he wanted to change his statement. Mr. Pantry told him it was perfectly in order to change his statement but that he would have to be cautioned again and that the police were not entitled to ask him any questions. Mr. Pantry directed Inspector Swainson, in Gibbons presence, to have Detective W.S. Darrell caution him again and take his additional statement.
Inspector Swainson then took the accused into an adjoining office, with the door open so that words were audible, and the statement was brought to Superintendent Pantry as soon as it was completed. Mr. Pantry identified the statement which was shown to him in the witness box yesterday.
Cross-examined by Mr. Smith, Mr. Pantry said that Gibbons was brought into his office by Inspector Swainson and sat down in a chair, “and if the accused said that he did not go into my office he would be wrong.” Mr. Pantry said he had not heard Inspector Swainson say to Gibbons: “You might as well tell us everything and it will make it easier for you.” No such thing was said.
Inspector Swainson was then called as witness, and when the Chief Justice was informed that he had been recently promoted to the rank of Inspector he congratulated him.
“You have been coming into this court time after time and I have listened to your evidence with the greatest confidence,” he said.
“I am certain you have never indulged in anything but the correct procedure. I say that because I am glad to see you are getting a well-merited promotion.”
Mr. Swainson said that on the morning of January 3 the accused, lodged in a cell below the C.I.D. windows, had called out to Detective Darrell, who was sitting at his window, that he wanted to see Superintendent Pantry. Inspector Swainson got the key, took Gibbons out of his cell and on the way to Mr. Pantry’s office the following conversation took place:
Gibbons: Mr. Swainson, do you think they will charge me today?”
Swainson: “Yes I think so.”
Gibbons: Do you think this will go up on the hill?”
(At this the Chief Justice inquired if that were “the usual poetic reference to the Supreme Court.”)
Swainson: “No. I don’t think so. It is just a matter of stealing two $10 bills and I think it will be settled in the lower court.”
There was no further conversation and Inspector Swainson said that on arrival at Superintendent Pantry’s office Gibbons had said that that he would like “to change my strory.” Mr. Pantry instructed Mr. Swainson to have Gibbons cautioned and have the new statement taken down. Mr. Swainson then took Gibbons to Detective Darrell’s office, told the detective of the circumstances, and left the two. Five or 10 minutes later Mr. Swainson was recalled by Detective Darrell who asked him to witness the statement. He did so and there was no more conversation.
Cross-examined by Mr. Smith, Inspector Swainson denied saying to Gibbons that anyone who played cards put all his cards on the table.
The Chief Justice asked why this controversy over the admissibility of the statement had been allowed to pass and become part of the depositions.
“This situation is fast becoming farcical,” he said. “Never in my experience have I been faced with such a situation … really, I think I am being imposed on. I think you should have done this in the court below but since you did not, you are not deprived of the right to do so.”
The court then recalled Detective Darrell, who had previously given part of his evidence in the hearing before the jury, [sounds like a trial-within-a-trial had taken place] and he told of taking the second statement from Gibbons. He had not questioned the accused not threatened him.
Major Huxley then made a formal request to introduce the second statement, but Mr. Smith said that he still objected to it and called Gibbons.
Mr. Smith’s opening question was whether Gibbins had taken the wallet from Pfc. Wiley’s pocket, to which Gibbons answered, “Yes.” The answer caused a stir among spectators in the court but was apparently unnoticed officially at the time.
At nine o’clock on New Year’s morning [Gibbons said he] went to Detective Darrell’s office to make a statement. “I was thinking for a little while and Detective Swainson said if I told everything that happened it would be more easy for me,” he said.
On the following Monday Inspector Swainson took him to Mr. Pantry’s office where, he said, he stood outside the door and did not come (sic.) in. Then he went into Detective Darrell’s office where Inspector Swainson had said to him that if anyone plays cards they put all their cards on the table. He made his second statement and the detective and Inspector Swainson were both present when he signed it.
Cross-examined by Mr. Huxley, Gibbons said that on New Year’s Day, while making his statement, Mr. Swainson had told him that “if I told everything it would be more easy for me.”
“Did you think it would be easier for you?” Major Huxley asked.
“Yes,” answered Gibbons.
“But in fact you didn’t confess to Darrell did you?” Gibbons refused to answer.
“Did you tell Darrell on Saturday morning that you took the wallet out of the soldier’s pocket?” Gibbons again refused to answer, and Major Huxley did not question him further.
The Chief Justice then asked Gibbons about his [earlier] affirmative answer to the question if he took the wallet from the soldier, and he said the answer was “No.”
Before the jury retired they had heard evidence from Pfc. Wiley, who told of attending a New Year’s party and later trying to start his auto-bicycle, after which he remembered nothing until he woke up in the Kindley Field Hospital; and from Constable L. E. Bean [this appears identical with Leon Everod Bean aka “Black Prince” “Big Toe” who retired as a Chief Inspector] and Detective Darrell, who found Wiley lying on the wall at the Tennis Stadium about four o’clock on New Year’s morning with Gibbons leaning on the wall close by.
As the two policemen spoke to Gibbons, Wiley rolled over and fell off the wall onto the road below, a distance of 22 feet. As the policemen went to Wiley’s aid, Gibbons, who had had his shoes off, went across the road and appeared to be putting on his shoes. Later when detective Darrell searched this area where Gibbons had been sitting he found a wallet containing Pfc. Wiley’s identification card and some American money.
As was customary up until the early 1970’s the names of the jury hearing the case are reported as a matter of record. No further reporting of this case can be recovered.
(see The Royal Gazette dated February 12, 1949 – Police Methods In Getting Statements Cleared By Judge After Charges By Accused)
During this year Detective Inspector Swainson’s salary and allowances remained the same as those in 1949 with an additional 10% bonus payment with effect from 1st April, 1950.
1950 was the year when a young future Cup Match star made his first appearance playing for St. George’s, and he still fondly recalls getting invaluable advice from the by then legendary “Bosun” Swainson. The young cricketer was Calvin “Bummy” Symonds who distinctly remembers “Bosun” telling him, “100 singles is one hundred runs. Don’t throw away your wicket.”
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In May 1952, Det. Inspector Swainson’s investigated a particularly heinous crime. The salient points are transcribed below;-
A leg and an auto-cycle were some of the exhibits viewed by a jury yesterday, during continuation of the trial of Winfield Eugene Darrell (32) of St. George’s who is charged with raping an 8-year-old school girl at Spanish Point on Friday, April 18.
The young girl and an 8-year-old boy had been fishing at Deep Bay that afternoon and were returning home when a man on an auto-cycle stopped and engaged them in conversation. He asked where they had been, and when they replied he enquired as to whether they would like to see what a fish did to him once.
The man is alleged to have pulled his pants leg above his knee and showed the juveniles a scar. He then offered to take the little girl home and return later for the boy. The girl got on the auto-cycle and was taken to a disused stone quarry where the alleged offence took place………………
The Chief Justice, the Hon. J.T. Gilbert, Q.C., is hearing the case which is being prosecuted by the Attorney General, Major the Hon. David Huxley. The accused is represented by Mr. T. N. Dill.
During examination by his counsel Mr. Dill, Darrell said that on the Saturday – the day after the offence took place – he went to Hamilton and was instructed by a detective to go to the Police Station as he was wanted for questioning in connection with a certain matter. The following day he was picked out of an identification parade by the girl and boy.
The accused stated he was fourth in a line of eight men, and when Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson brought the girl in he placed her directly in front of him. She looked up and down the line three times and then stated she was not sure which one was the man, Darrell said.
He added that Inspector Swainson then ordered the men to pull their trousers above their knees. Continuing, he said the Inspector, who was standing behind the girl with his hands on her shoulder (sic.) told her to take another look. As she was doing so, he shouted “Darrell pull up your pants, Darrell,” and the girl picked him out for the first time.
The accused said he already had his pants well above his knee, and he figured the Inspector was trying to help the girl in her selection.
During his cross-examination [concerning the identification parade], Major Huxley asked Darrell if he was suggesting that the evidence of Inspector Swainson and Detective Matcham was incorrect. He replied that the manner in which the parade was conducted was unfair.
Darrell denied making up an “extraordinary, completely incorrect story,” as an alibi to mislead the court and jury because he was the man who committed the offence. He said, “I was not the man. I knew nothing about the boy or girl and had not seen them until the identification parade.”
Two defence witnesses who stood on the identification parade were called to testify. ………Smith told the court that the girl entered the room with Det. Inspector Swainson and was asked to look carefully at the men. She identified Darrell by pointing at him.
“We were then told to raise our trouser legs up above our knees. The girl went to Darrell and looked at his knee,” he said.
Asked by Major Huxley if she said anything to Swainson about the man who had assaulted her not being there, Smith said she had not.
The second witness ………. Minks also gave evidence concerning the identification parade. He said, Inspector Swainson came in and asked the girl to pick out the man and she did. After we had raised our trouser legs she pointed to Darrell and said: “That’s the man with the scar on his knee.”
Summing up to the jury, the Chief Justice declared that the case really turned on the question of identification. He said that when all the pointers were added together there was a considerable amount of evidence that it was the accused who took the girl off on the auto-cycle and committed the offence.
The Supreme Court jury took 40 minutes to find Darrell guilty. It was stated that he had previously served 12 months’ hard labour in 1950 for having carnal knowledge of a 15-year-old girl. Darrell was remanded in custody pending sentence [see next].
For what the Chief Justice, the Hon. J. Trounsell Gilbert, described as a “most abominable offence” against a little girl, Winfield Eugene Darrell, of Wellington, St. George’s was sentenced to seven years in prison and to receive 12 strokes of the cat-o-nine tails.
This was the most severe sentence imposed on Saturday morning at the close of the Easter Term of the criminal assizes of the Supreme Court.
Darrell was convicted by a jury of raping an eight-year-old girl. The Chief Justice told him that the conviction was arrived at after a fair and careful trial – “a very fair and careful trial.
The community must be protected against men such as Darrell, the Chief Justice continued, and he hoped that the sentence would act as a warning to other men of similar character. He reminded Darrell that he had recently served a prison sentence for an almost similar offence.
Darrell protested that he was innocent of the crime, and added, “I know there is a lot of good in myself.”
(see The Royal Gazette dated May 7, 1952 – Darrell Claims He’s Victim of Mistaken Identity In Rape of 8-Year-Old)
(see The Royal Gazette dated May 18, 1952 – Sentenced to Seven years For “Abominable Offence”. Community Must Be Protected, Says Chief Justice)
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL
Returning by Colonial Airlines on Sunday were Inspector and Mrs. E. R. Swainson of Spanish Point, who went to Ohio to witness the graduation of their daughter Catherine at Central State University. The Inspector and his wife were accompanied on their return by Mrs. M. Hall of Ohio, who will spend a short holiday guest of the Swainsons.
(see The Bermuda Recorder July 9, 1952 – Personal and Social)
Youth Committed for Alleged Burglary of Smith’s Parish Home
[transcribed In part]
P.C. Arthur Rose in evidence told how Trott was brought in by the C.I.D. to be detained in custody. He was searched and American and sterling currency bills, loose change and a silver dollar were found in his possession.
The silver dollar was turned over to Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson and later identified by Captain Vernooy [an Officer in the United States Army Air Force] by the date of 1880 on it. Trott had been arrested in connection with another charge. He denied breaking into the house, and reserved his defence for the Supreme Court.
Trott was committed for trial.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated September 17, 1952)
Detective Inspector Edward Swainson completed his evidence on Christmas Eve at the preliminary inquiry into a case of murder described below. The accused was committed for trial.
December 24, 1954
ACCUSED WEEPS DURING PLELIMINARY MURDER HEARING
Thirty eight [years old] Charles McDonald Ray was moved to tears in the Hamilton Magistrates Court on Tuesday as he listened to a police constable relate circumstances surrounding his arrest on suspicion of murdering John Dublin Symons in Parsons Road on December 1.
Pc. Ronald Ernest Turner told Senior Magistrate, the Wor. T. Martin Godet that when he first saw Ray approaching the death scene opposite the home of his ex-girlfriend he was walking slowly and turning as though he were scouting for someone.
“When I mentioned the word murder to him,” Turner related, “he repeated it in a dazed tone of voice.”
The accused offered no resistance, but made one request of the constable: that he be allowed to kiss his children. When this was refused by Turner, Ray began to cry he said.
Ray, who was committed for trial in the Supreme Court for the alleged slaying, was represented by Mr. Arnold Francis and Mr. Ronald Barnard as defense counsel while Mr. A.G. Pine, Acting Attorney General represented the Crown.
Eight witnesses were called, including two mothers, the accused’s former girlfriend Mrs. Frances Gertrude Nesbett, who said she bore four children for Ray, and her niece, 27 year-old Mrs. Virginia Frances. The two women who lived together, asserted that Ray broke into their home on the fateful while they were having a game of cards, and while brandishing a length of piping, threatened to kill them.
The women said they ran for their lives screaming for Mr. Symonds to come to their assistance. Symonds emerged from his home with a flashlight and called the women to his side. At this time Ray, the girls testified, was crossing the street; he approached Symonds and hit him on the head while thy stood helplessly by.
The women, who claimed that Ray had threatened their lives at least seven times since last July, said several blows were passed to Symonds head after he was knocked down. Mrs. Frances told the court that for fear of her life, she ran into Symond’s house via the kitchen door locking it behind her.
“After I got in the house I heard John saying “Let me up, what are you trying to do, kill me?” but Ray kept hitting him and repeating ‘you’re got my woman’.”
The witness said she did not know where her aunt was at that time, but she later heard Ray say he had three murders to commit that night; “I’ve got one now I’ll get you in there.” Mrs. Frances added, saying she took it to mean her, as later she heard the kitchen door rattling, and when she ran to the front room, “he went and shook the shutter there,” cursing and swearing at the same time.
A statement allegedly made and signed by Ray was read in court by Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson, who formally charged the man with murder. In the statement, Ray said he went to Mrs. Nesbett’s home to see if she would take him back as he had nowhere to stay since his trouble in July. She was not at home so he went to the road to await her return.
While he was standing up Symonds came out with a coat on and something in his pocket and accused him (Ray) of racing the girls. The statement continued: “While he was talking to me (Symonds) put his hand in his pocket pulled out a weapon and passed a blow at him. He said if you don’t leave my ---- ---- ---- girl alone I am going to kill you……”
A scuffle ensued during which it was stated, Ray got the weapon out of Symond’s hand and began beating him with it as the latter was strangling him.
(see The Bermuda Recorder of December 24, 1954 – Ray Weeps During Preliminary Murder Hearing)
Leaving on a Monday in March by B.O.A.C’s Royal Tour plane “Canopus” was a party of cricket lovers who have gone to Jamaica primarily to see the first Test Match between the West Indies and Australia. The party comprised Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson, Detective Sergeant Floyd Duerden, Mr. Joe Swainson, Mr. Gladstone Bassett, Mr. William Minors, Mr. Charles Richards and Mr. Clyde Tucker.
1. Edward Raymond ‘Bosun’ ‘Bo’ Swainson (1901 – 1967)
2. Joseph Oliver Swainson (1917 – 1996)
3. Floyd Maxwell Foggo ‘Happy’ Duerden (umpire) (1915 – 1975)
4. Gladstone Richard ‘Tab’ Bassett (1930 – 2014)
5. Clyde Tucker
6. Charles Alfred Daulphin / Richards (1936 – 1998)
7. William Chesterfield ‘Will’ Minors [who was able and willing to supply me with leads and useful information about this trip. Together with others he later started the business still operating and known to this day as the International Sports Shop]
8. Donald Smith (of the Donald Smith Travel Agency)
As of October 2018 all the above are deceased except for ‘Will’ Minors and Clyde Tucker.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated March 16, 1955)
[In the above article the surname ‘Richards’ is correctly reported and refers otherwise to Charles Alfred Daulphin – whose mother was a Richards].
This trip to Jamaica was organized by ‘Bosun’ Swainson and Clyde Tucker to attend the occasion of the first Australian Cricket Tour of the West Indies from March – June 1955.
The flight route was Bermuda – Nassau – Kingston with a refueling stop at Nassau.
Apparently, ‘Bosun’ was well known in police circles in Jamaica because he had previously attended a police training course on the island.
Interestingly, although not designated on this occasion as a Royal Tour plane, the G-AKGK Stratocruiser ‘Canopus’ serial # 15977, which BOAC flew from 1950 until 1959, was affectionately known as "The Queen’s Plane". It was a turboprop aircraft operating scheduled commercial flights and incorporated a downstairs lounge area for use of the passengers – who had included Winston Churchill in previous years.
I’m advised that it’s likely that BOAC had built a VIP conversion kit for this specific aircraft for use whenever they needed it. Back then aircraft were not built to the same exact specifications all the time, so what fitted in the G-AKGK may not have fitted exactly into one of the others. It’s an interesting story in its own right apparently.
Photo source: Former Bermuda police constable 79 Cleveland Chester ‘Clevie’ Foggo JP
who served between February 7, 1967 – 21 March, 1969
Not long after his return to the colony from Jamaica, Detective Inspector Swainson was engulfed in follow-up enquires following a particularly abhorrent crime unleashed against Bermuda’s Warden of Prisons. The circumstances of this latest incident in a series of alarming acts which had occurred since the Warden arrived here from England and attempted to overhaul Bermuda’s prison system, are best described below as reported in The Recorder.
ATTEMPT TO BLOW UP WARDEN OF PRISONS AND FAMILY FAILS
On May 25, 1955 Bermuda’s Warden of Prisons, the mustachioed Wing Commander Eric Ells, seemed to be the central figure in a wave of terrorism which is fraught with death and destruction, the type of which has formerly been unheard of in Bermuda.
Shortly before sunrise yesterday morning an attempt was made to blow up the Warden’s home while he, Mrs. Ellis, and their two children were asleep inside. A bomb of some sort was believed to have been hurled at the building, and exploded some ten feet away from the Warden’s bedroom. No personal injuries were sustained, but damage was caused to the house.
Police stated this morning that they had made no arrests in connection with the bombing. Investigations are still continuing under the direction of Colonel Cecil Newing head of the C.I.D., and Detective Inspector E. R. Swainson.
Yesterday’s incident is the latest in a series of alarming acts which have occurred since the Warden arrived here from England and attempted to overhaul Bermuda’s prison system along lines described by one member of Parliament as “reminiscent of the Dark Ages.” On May 9 a riot broke out in Hamilton Prison and was quelled only after the Warden hurled a number of tear gas bombs into the cells. It was reported at the time that the warden had to be forcibly restrained from throwing more bombs into the prison.
The riot was a consequence of the break made by three prisoners, who allegedly went to the local force’s Arsenal at Warwick Camp and stole a number of weapons. One of the guns reported to have been stolen is still missing. An investigation is taking place into the escape and the riot.
While no sane person could possibly endorse the coddling of prisoners, Commander Ellis’ “get tough” policy has evoked criticism from all quarters. Though he stated yesterday that he had no theories as to who was responsible for the attempt on his life, it would not be unreasonable to assume it was the work of an ex-convict, or a convict – things being what they were in Prison on May 9.
The Warden and his family reside in “Palmetto House”, on the North Shore Road, Devonshire. The house and grounds ought to be well known to some prisoners as they were engaged in some restoration work there not so long ago.
The time of the bombing has been given as 4.05 a.m. Upon being awakened, the Warden went to his garage to see if his car was the cause of the report he had heard. Seeing nothing wrong there, he went to the kitchen, where everything seemed alright.
It was the police who discovered the hole in the ground caused by the bomb, and they recovered some explosive material which was taken away for examination.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated May 25, 1955 – Attempt to Blow Up Warden of Prisons and Family Fails Yesterday)
Despite his onerous duties at work and now at the age of 54, “Bosun” still maintained his legendary popularity in the world of cricket. As a former Cup Match player of considerable repute he was expected to be among the 40 or so ‘possibles’ who would be selected to play in action against the Island’s clubs. Enthusiasm was widespread to see action once more by some of the biggest names in Bermuda’s cricket history.
(see The Recorder dated June 11, 1955 – Ex-Players To Be Seen In Action Again)
[I could find no record of this proposed game having taken place]
In late September, local agents for a British tanker the S.S. Burpose would not reveal the nature of investigations being conducted by Edward Swainson, Acting Head of the C.I.D. and two of his detectives shortly after it docked at St. Georges.
Mysteriously, the agents had summoned Detective Inspector Swainson to conduct certain enquires on board the ship but they denied knowledge of any connection with mutiny or smuggling.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated October, 1955 – Detectives Making Investigations Aboard Br. Tanker)
Court Hears Tale of Barefooted Woman and Four Masked Men;
Five Committed For Eagle’s Nest Hotel Burglary
Within nine hours of a report of breaking and entering at the Eagle’s Nest Hotel and the theft of a cash register and about $1,000 in cash and cheques, Inspector E. R. Swainson, Acting Head of the C.I.D., and a squad of detectives had four men and a woman charged with the offence.
Some ten days later the accused’ appeared before a preliminary inquiry which heard from a witness that the five accused had been barefooted and the men had worn face masks. Statements of confession to being concerned in the robbery by three of the men and by the female accused were read in court with the female defendant alleging she was forced into taking part in the hotel hustle as two of the men had knives and she was afraid they would have cut her if she didn’t go along.
The quartette was committed for trial in the Supreme Court – [which sat the following Monday]
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated October 5, 1955 – Court Hears Tale of Barefooted Woman and Four Masked Men – Five Committed For Eagle’s Nest Hotel Burglary)
Inspector E.R. Swainson, Acting Head of the C.I.D., advised store owners to take every precaution in securing their premises. He also urged that they not keep large sums of money lying around during this Christmas period.
This was the police advice after a gang of safe-busters had broken into offices of Gorham Lumber Company in Hamilton and removed two safes. The gang succeeded in cutting one safe open from which they made their cash haul, while the other safe was seriously damaged. A similar matter was under investigation said Inspector Swainson.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated December 10, 1955 – Safe Crackers Make Big Haul From Gorham’s Lumber Company)
Personal and Social
Mr. Torrence Franklin, Chief Inspector of Barbados Police reports a safe return to his native Barbados after spending four delightful days in Bermuda recently, while en route from the United States where he sent four months. While in Bermuda Mr. Franklin was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Hurdle of Paget West. He made many friends through Inspector E.R. Swainson, Acting Head of the C.I.D., and the Leopards Club where he was a guest speaker.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated December 14, 1955 – Personal and Social)
In the days immediately before Christmas Detective Inspector E.R. Swainson, acting head of the C.I.D., informed the public that he and his officers had the latest armed robbery under investigation of a 72-year-old night watchman who was slugged by thieves during a raid on the T.C.B. office. The watchman was rushed to the hospital for treatment of a wound to his head.
The Inspector also confirmed reports of an earlier raid on the Castle Harbour Hotel by two masked men who held up the cashier at gunpoint and made off with cash in excess of $2,000.
[No record can be found regarding the outcome of enquires related to these matters]
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated December 21, 1955 – for details of the raids on the T.C.B. office and on the cashier at the Castle Harbour Hotel)
A Card of Thanks bears witness to the probability that during this Christmas holiday period “Bosun” Swainson’s wife had been hospitalized with an unspecified illness requiring surgery. Grateful thanks were extended to Doctors and Nurses at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and to blood donors and friends who had sent flowers.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated December 31, 1955 – Card of Thanks)
Retirement leave in England
Edward “Bosun” Swainson, former St. George’s Cup Match player and one of the colonies leading batsmen two decades ago, will go on retirement leave in England tomorrow, 12th July 1956.
Leaving for England at the same time as Mr. Swainson is Percy Ratteray and Richard Darrell, also a former cup match player and marathon runner. The group will visit Leeds and will see the last two test matches between England and Australia. Mr. Swainson is a retired C.I.D. Inspector.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated July 11, 1956 – Sports section; Leaving for England - Edward “Bosun” Swainson, Percy Ratteray, R. Darrell)
Travel records show that some six-weeks later “Bosun” departed England bound for Bermuda via. New York.
U.K. OUT – GOING PASSENGERS
On 31 August 1956
Returns of Passengers leaving the United Kingdom who have contracted to land at Ports out of Europe:
Leaving Southampton on board “CASTEL FELICE” bound for New York, USA
Edward Reymond (sic.) SWAINSON aged 54 years. Married
Address in UK: c/o Shaftesbury Hotel, London.
Occupation: Police officer.
Country of which a citizen as shown on passport (If citizen of U.K. and Colonies state also country of issue of passport): U.K. Bermuda
Country of last permanent residence (for more than 12 months): Bermuda.
Country of intended future permanent residence: Bermuda.
On August 29, 1957 at the Somerset C.C. presentation ceremony retired Inspector Edward “Bosun” Swainson who was the first to score a century in a Cup Match made presentations to three survivors of the original Cup Match teams of 1902, and one survivor of the 1903 game. The sporting public contributed towards an honorarium for these stalwarts in a tag drive organized by Mrs. June Pitt on both days of the cup match.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated August 24, 1957 – S.C.C. Presentation Ceremony and Dance Slated)
Friends and sportsmen were re-united on 30 October, 1957 at the Leopards Club when Edward “Bosun” Swainson met with his former cricket opponent Mr. Edmund Holder the one-time great Barbadian bowler.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated November 2, 1957 – Sportsmen Re-Unite)
Referencing the mention above of the 1926 Margetson Cricket Tour of Bermuda, a related article published in The New York Times in that year refers to the tour in the following manner:
After declaring their innings closed, with only seven wickets down for a total of 156,
T. Margetson's team of cricketers, which will leave for a tour of Bermuda in two weeks, defeated a picked eleven representing the New York Cricket League at New York Oval before 1,500 persons yesterday. The league team was dismissed for 83.
(see The New York Times dated August 2, 1926 – MARGETSON'S TEAM WINS AT CRICKET; Closes Innings With 7 Wickets Down for Total of 156, While New York Gets 83. SIMON IS STAR OF MATCH Carries Bat Right Through for 63, Not Out -- Butterfield Hits Hard and Adds 60)
(see The Bermuda Recorder September 12, 1959 – NOTICE)
EDITORS NOTE - Every effort was made to locate photographs of "Bosun" Swainson taken during and after his Police career but they proved to be very few and far between. However, we contacted one of Bermuda's legendary photographers, Mr. Ed Kelly, and asked him if he might have taken any photos of "Bosun". Ed promised to search through his archives, and after we had published this article, Ed discovered the following excellent photo of "Bosun" and we are most grateful that he gave us permission to use it in this article.
Passing of Retired Inspector Edward Raymond "Bosun" Swainson
On Monday 10th July, 1967 Edward Raymond “Bosun” Swainson passed away in the River View Hospital, Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.A. whilst visiting with his eldest daughter Catherine Lucille Smack at her residence in New Jersey, U.S.A. He had been stricken with a heart attack.
The following Death Notice and Card of Thanks published on August 18, 1967 formally announced to Bermuda the sad passing of “Bosun”.
SWAINSON – Edward Raymond: age 65 years old,
in the River View Hospital, Red Bank, N.J., U.S.A.
on 10th July, 1967. He leaves to mourn: his wife,
2 daughters, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, 4 brothers,
2 sisters, and numerous relatives and friends
CARD OF THANKS
The family of the late EDWARD RAYMOND SWAINSON, wish to thank
all who sent letters and cards of condolence and floral tributes on and
after the day of the funeral. Special thanks to Mr. Cecil Frith and staff.
His End Was Peace.
(see The Bermuda Recorder dated August 18, 1967 – Death Notice)
[“Bosun” was returned to Bermuda under the direction of Cecil Frith funeral home and he is buried in St. Peters Churchyard, Wellington Backroad, St. Georges]
“Bosun” is recognized [in the year 1999] as a member of the ‘700 Club’ being one of only nine players in the history of Cup Match to score more than 700 runs. In a Royal Gazette report featuring Albert ‘Cocky’ Steede, “Bosuns” score of (829) runs eclipses that of Noel Gibbons (783), Alma Champ Hunt (762) and Steede (747).
(see The Royal Gazette dated 28 July, 1999 – Run machine Steede lets statistics take care of themselves)
The Bermuda Police Week opened on the 28 October, 1999 and among the featured displays of interest was that of ‘famous Bermuda firsts’ which included Bermuda’s first female Police officer Jean Vickers (nee Matthews) (1961), and the first black Officer detective Edward Raymond “Bosun” Swainson (1949).
(see The Royal Gazette dated 28 October, 1999 – Police Week show opened)
Cricket statistics compiled courtesy of Tommy Aitchison appeared immediately after Cup Match in 2000. The listings included:
HIGHEST AGGREGATES: 998 Edward Swainson (St. Geo, 1919-42)
HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES: Edward Swainson (St. George's, 1937) 122
Edward Swainson (St. George's, 1938) 99
(see The Royal Gazette dated 2 August 2000 – Statistics Courtesy of Tommy Aitchison)
Some sixteen year ago, in a Royal Gazette article dated 10 August, 2001 entitled “Holding a piece of history”, writer Lawrence Trott reported on his interviews with friends and family members of ‘Bosun’ Swainson. This article reflected the importance of preserving valuable items of history for the enjoyment of generations to come.
“Imagine”, wrote Trott, “the bat that Australian Charles Bannerman used to score the first century in Test cricket against England in 1877 going up for sale at an auction in a major cricketing country.
“It would spark a bidding frenzy and would probably sell for several hundreds of thousands of dollars, considering the historical value of it. The century made with it was scored in the first Test match ever played, Bannerman scoring 165 as Australia won by 45 runs in Melbourne.
“Not as old, but certainly as valuable to a Bermudian family, are the items used when St. George's batsman Edward (Bosun) Swainson scored the first century in Cup Match in 1937, when he hit 122 in the drawn match at the Royal Naval field. He was in his second off our stints as captain at the time.
“Yes, the bat and the pads used in that innings by Swainson are still around, but no, the family is not looking for the highest bidder. They just want to preserve a significant piece of Cup Match history, now that the annual match has reached its 100th birthday.
“Trott revealed that the gear was in fact at last week's match at Wellington Oval, with ‘Bosuns’ grandson Brandon (Pickles) Robinson carrying the bat in a trash bag. His brother Blaine had the pads, whose condition has deteriorated in just the last year because of Bermuda's humid climate. Blaine is looking into the possibility of having the pads, with their padding falling out, restored. The age of them drew some plenty of interest at the match.
"I went there the first day with the pads. I took them to Jim Woolridge for a while then went to the other side and showed them to Mike Sharpe. I was there talking to the Somerset president and they want to buy the pads – he didn't see the bat – but I won't sell them. The museum in St. George's, if anywhere at all, is where I'll take them.” –Blaine Robinson
“Mr. Swainson's daughter, Sybil Robinson, has tried, without success, to get St. George's Cricket Club to take over the valuable items.
"I approached them before, maybe about three years ago, but nobody paid any attention. I asked different St. George's people but nobody was interested. I would like to have them put in a glass case. My brother Leslie had the bat in Southampton and I had the pads. It's no use keeping them at home closed up. My brother doesn't want to give up the bat. He feels it's history, but why not put it somewhere where it can be seen. Another member of the family has the actual ball, somewhere in St.George's.
The pads have only gotten like that in this last year. We live on the water and it's because of the dampness. The last time I looked at them they were in perfect shape.
I always wondered what happened to my daddy's cricket boots, he always played in cricket boots." – Mrs. Sybil Robinson
“Mrs. Robinson was too young at the time to remember the century, though other events from that time are still vivid in her memory, like the marching of the Cup Match celebrations. Other possessions of her fathers are in even better shape and are valuable family heirlooms.
"When they marched the cup they had my daddy on a white horse and the cricketers had sticks with tins and rag in the tins with a fire – that I can remember.
“And the prizes he got, I don't think they give nowadays. My daddy got a silver tray, silver teapot, a dinner set, meat platter and the cutlery came from England and it had bone handles with my daddy's initials, ERS, on them. My oldest brother has that now. ERS are my brother's (Eddie) initials.
All of it is still around. My sister has the tea set and one brother has the tray. When my daddy got married in 1927, St. George's Cricket Club gave him silver casserole dishes and I still have one ribbon, blue and blue, on it tied in a knot...from 1927! He got many cups and trophies and my brother has some of them. I never had to clean the silver. It is such good silver, just kept it in the cabinet and wiped it off.” – Sybil Robinson
“Swainson, Bermuda's first black Police Inspector, died in the late 1960s at the age of 64. But his memory still lives on. His grandson, Brandon (Pickles) Robinson was 12 when his grandfather died, but he has memories of him and has showed the bat to another St. George's legend, Leroy (Tubby) Richardson, at Cup Match and some of the current players.
[Richardson's own Cup Match career began four years after that first century. Swainson, who captained the St. George's team in Cup Match 12 times, was Richardson's captain in '41. In a recent article in Lifestyle, Richardson rated Swainson as the best captain he had played under.]
“I still have his Inspector's cane and mornings when I go walking I take it with me. It still has the brass top on it. He used to have a Morris Minor Convertible and every Saturday night he used to take us into town to get ice cream.
[Warrington] 'Soup' Zuill [a Cup Match historian] took pictures of the bat, he was quite taken up with it. A lot of people just wanted to hold the bat and to say they were holding a piece of history. People were taken up with the size of the bat. His other bat had original pig skin wrapped around it.” – Brandon (Pickles) Robinson
“Trott added: Swainson hit eight sixes and ten fours in his century, sharing in a sixth wicket stand of 101 with Clifford Darrell. Swainson scored 39 in the St. George's second innings and the following year earned the dubious distinction of scoring the first 99 in Cup Match, denied what would have been a second century by an lbw decision!
“Before Janeiro Tucker achieved the feat last week, only three players have scored two centuries in Cup Match – Lloyd James, Rupert Scotland and Arnold Manders.
“Mr. Swainson's bat used to make the century was filled with other players' signatures, but only his name remains, the others having faded overtime.
“Swainson's 829 runs is the fourth highest aggregate total in Cup Match and his 39 innings was a record before Noel Gibbons batted for the 40th and final time in 1993.
“Still, ‘Bosun’ Swainson's achievements in Cup Match will live on......his family is seeing to that!”
(see The Royal Gazette dated 10 August, 2001 – Holding a piece of history)
Cricket historian Tommy Aitchison remembers in a wide ranging interview in 2002 when he said, in part:
"If I had to choose another batsman - it's awfully hard to do because when you mention one name 15 others come to mind - it would be (Edward) Bosun Swainson from St. George's. I saw him score a century one afternoon without lifting the ball off the ground. In Bermuda, where the boundaries are a bit short, that is quite a temptation.
"He scored the first century in Cup Match (122 in 1937) and was one run short of a century in the next game. He would have been the first player to score centuries in successive games."
(see The Royal Gazette dated 9 July, 2002 – A legend in his own handwriting)
“Well known musician Stan Seymour has produced two paintings to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Cup Match – one of which has been donated to Somerset Cricket Club and the other to the family of the man who scored the first century in Cup Match.
“The other, a painting measuring 22 x 28 inches, shows Edward (Bosun) Swainson's score of 122, the first century in Cup Match in 1937.
"That's going to be presented to a member of the Swainson family, Neville Swainson, who is the nephew of Bosun,” explained Mr. Seymour last week.
"He (Neville) is a close friend of mine, so it means something to present it to him. I remember seeing Bosun Swainson play, with his fancy pads, but the first year I went to Cup Match at Royal Naval Field, I think he was already finished."
[Pretense] "I played cricket with my brother and he said he was (Alma) 'Champ' Hunt and I said I was 'Bosun' Swainson so I was automatically St. George's," he stated.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 26 July, 2002 – Stan Seymour – Remembering Cup Match)
“Bosun” Swainson’s granddaughter, Gina Swainson won the coveted title of Miss World in 1979. There were already beauties (and friendships) in the Swainson family and much has been documented elsewhere about them.
Both Mrs. Diaz-Douglass, a cousin of Miss Bermuda and Miss World 1979 Gina Swainson (their grandfathers Charles and Edward ‘Bosun' Swainson were brothers), and Mrs. Rhonda Wilkinson Jackson find it difficult to believe it has been 20 years already since their beauty pageant winning days.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 16 April, 2004 – The beauty of their friendship)
At the 25th Annual Sports Awards at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in February, 2006 the late Edward (Bosun) Swainson was awarded a Citation (Cricket) and entered into the Roll of Honor.
The event was attended by close to 150 people, with Government ministers and top sports officials joining with many of the Island's premier athletes in a sporting celebration.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 17 February, 2006 – Roll of honor)
In writing of “Bosun”, the well-respected local author Ira Philip observed, in part:
“As great a Cup Match star that was, [Champ Hunt] was not the only great in the country back in his day. We'll get to learn more about them later. But here's a direct quote from my book about just this sensational player, Edward “Bosun” Swainson.
"The stakes for stardom in the Cup Match were high. Career opportunities hinged on it (as exemplified above about Champ). Also there was Edward “Bosun” Swainson, a detective in the Bermuda police force, who became a national hero and was given an inscribed silver service at what was tantamount to a state dinner preceded by a torchlight parade when in 1939  he scored the first-ever Cup Match century. He was also rewarded with instant promotion, becoming the first black inspector in the island's police force, breaking the rigid colour barrier that restricted black police from rising above the rank of sergeant."
“The Sunday after last week's  Cup Match at Wellington Oval “Bosun” Swainson's offspring and closest kin came from far and near for a reunion and to reminisce about his sensational career. The event was hosted by one of his two daughters, Sybil Swainson Robinson at her Spanish Point home. The other daughter is Catherine Smack, 78, who came from her home in New Jersey with son John and daughter Sherry. Niece Giselle Wilson flew from China, accompanied by two grown-up sons, Arron and Jared, where they all live.
“Bosun’s” only surviving sister, Mrs. Dorothy Bascome, 85, of Wellington, St. George's, was in attendance. Other deceased siblings were brothers Reginald, Charles (Charlie), Frederick and Joseph, and sister Robine. “Bosun” had four children, the daughters named above and sons Leslie of Southampton and Edward, Jr [died October 2017]
“The latter was unable to come from his home in Atlanta. Edward  is the father of Gina Swainson. She brought fame to Bermuda when in 1979 in England competing as Miss Bermuda, she won the title over beauties from all over the globe, and was crowned Miss World. For bringing such fame to her country, the Bermuda Government honoured her with a special stamp issue.
“It would seem that “Bosun” Swainson was born to be a star. Before his fame as a cricketer and captain of the St. George's Cricket Club, he was an outstanding soccer player and a billiards champion. He became a hero during his earliest days on the police force. He was stationed at St. David's which he covered on a bicycle.
[See photo under the 1938 heading.]
“Those were the days when doctors made their house calls in a two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage. On one occasion the horse made off with its buggy and “Bosun”, observing what was happening, mounted his bike, furiously overtook the runaway and brought it under control.
“Tales about Edward “Bosun” Swainson are legion; his trophies, awards and testimonials are countless: While scoring the first Cup Match 100 in 1939  – significantly the year before [after] he was on 99 when he was given out lbw. The night he was given a torchlight parade through St. George's town, he rode a white horse to the delight of thousands of fans.
“Daughter Sybil allowed her scores of guests on Sunday to have rare access to his trophy cabinet of which she is the custodian. It contains priceless solid silver, china and crystal pieces, despite the fact that she has shared other pieces with her siblings.
“She still has the bat with which he scored his century as well as the custom-made white pads, the only ones of their kind in the Cup Match with their distinctive brown leather straps. The striped cap he wore as captain disintegrated over the years. The trophy cabinet is kept held under tight security.
“Bosun” was born December 1, 1901 and died in 1967 at age 65. He was stricken with a heart attack while with his daughter Catherine in New Jersey. In 1927, Caroline Richardson became the envy of her gender when she became Bosun's wife in a fabulous wedding at the Catholic Church in St. George's. In later years while she was undergoing surgery a nerve in her back was severed, leaving her with a severe handicap. “Bosun” was utterly devoted to his wife. He stood by her side.
The intention of the couple was to send their children abroad for college education. First to go were Edward and Catherine. Sybil was next in line to go. She was aged 14 when Bosun told her she that her mother was so sick, she would have to stay in Bermuda and look after her as he had to work.
Our main photo at top shows, front row from left, John Smack, Madgree Wales, Rochelle Smith, Kit Swainson and Catherine Smack, the elder of Bosun's daughters. The other is Sybil Swainson Robinson, who is standing directly behind Catherine; Deborah Simons and her brother Philip Bascome who resides in New York.Center row: Renee Burrows, Donna Robinson; Beulah O'Bryan, of Washington, DC; Kandra Whalton, Brenda Pearman, Sybil, Dorothy Robinson, Louise Moore, Helen Bailey, Giselle Wilson, who came from China with her two sons, Arron and Jared, who is not seen in this picture. Back row: Sherry Smack, Leslie Swain, son of 'Bosun' who resides in Southampton, Charles (Ted) Swainson, Vernon Swainson, son of Bosun's brother Charles, Vernon Swainson, son of 'Bosun’s late brother Frederick.
Left: Bosun Swainson daughters, Catherine and Sybil have on the table a solid silver casserole dish which was a wedding present from the St.George's C.C. when he married in 1927. The original club's light and dark blue colours are still attached. Also close-up is a silver tea service presented by Somerset Cup captain Warren Simmons, as a wedding present on behalf of Somerset C.C. Not seen is an eight-piece silver cutlery set with Bosun's initials inscribed on the bone handles is one of the treasures Sybil has shared with other family members. And there was a hand-shaped silver ladle with raised golden grapes replicated in the palm. A few of Bosun's priceless silver, crystal and china trophies can be seen in the cabinet against the wall.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 10 August, 2010 – Bosun’s family reunion is a big hit)
In cricketing terms 98 runs represents a good innings. The same can be said for life in general, especially when you are still able to enjoy the simple things. In 2014 Lefroy Brownlow ‘Brownie’ Place celebrated his 98th birthday and still manages to live a full life with good health. He also knows not to take anything for granted, so he will be grateful to live to see another Cup Match, something the Somerset fan seldom misses.
Brownlow Place will be one of the oldest fans at Cup Match this week
(Article and Photo by Lawrence Trott)
Even with so many changes over the years, Mr. Place has a special fondness for the 112-year old Cup Match, whose history is based on the celebration of the freeing of slaves in Bermuda, with the first day of Cup Match being Emancipation Day.
“Emancipation is about the freeing of the slaves who, for years, were praying about freedom,” said Mr. Place.
“When the day came they did not know what to do. They had nowhere to live, had no money and believe it or not had no name, so they had to go by their slave master’s name. Just imagine that.
“God must have been with them in order to hold themselves together and out of that togetherness came the Friendly Societies, the Lodges and out of those Lodges came the Cup Match, because the east end lodge and west end lodge wanted to know one another.”
Mr. Place has only missed a handful of matches since he began going as a little boy back in the 1920s and can remember when Cup Match was played at Royal Naval Field. He remembers watching Edward “Bosun” Swainson score the first century in Cup Match there in 1937.
“Oh yes I still drive, that’s part of my Cup Match and it is my wish, but God’s will, that I make it,” said Mr. Place, who needs two more ‘singles’ to reach his own century in 2016.
“It’s natural for me to think that far ahead but it is still God’s will. I can’t take that for granted. Today is made for some and for some tomorrow may never come, so I live one day at a time.”
Mr. Place was recognised by Heritage Productions for his longevity as a Cup Match fan at their 10th banquet luncheon recently when they honoured former Cup Match players. He has roots in Somerset, family of his mother Julia Tucker-Place who came from Somerset.
“I can remember when we used to catch the 6 o’clock boat from Hamilton to go to Dockyard, then to Watford Bridge,” he recalls.
“When I was about 12 years old I used to travel by myself and I don’t think I’ve missed more than a half-dozen Cup Matches all those years. Once I was away, [because] my wife and I got tired of Somerset not winning a game during those 20 years (1959-79). Strangely enough the year that I didn’t go, 1979, Somerset won the game!”
Mr. Place is only a few years older than the two oldest surviving Cup Match players, Woodgate Simmons and Leroy “Tubby” Richardson, both former captains.
“I can recall the time when the Cup Match teams would only pick players from the parishes, no outsiders could get into those teams,” he said. “I can remember the time when Somerset had fellas like the three Hunts and three Simonses and the Durrants, Woodgate Simmons and Warren Simmons.
“St George’s had Walter and Clifford Darrell, Edward “Bosun” Swainson, Edward “Boar” Watson, Alec “Cocky” Steede, Fielding Swan and “Tubby” Richardson. Those chaps played the game honestly, full of vigour and played for the sport of it.
“Like everything else it’s all commercialized now. The sportsmanship is not there like it was in those days.
“When it was played in Somerset, it didn’t matter who won the cup, the Somerset band used to escort the St George’s cricketers to the boat after the game and there were crowds of people.”
“The crowds are much bigger these days, and noisier, but the rivalry remains fierce, though friendly. Back in those days you went to Cup Match dressed in a necktie with collar and men used to wear doeskin trousers,” Mr. Place recalls.
“In fact the cricketers used to wear doeskin trousers. The women were well dressed too, for them it was a fashion show and that hasn’t changed.”
Mr. Place will sit with family in a reserved spot on the eastern end of the ground facing the club.
“I like that the clubs have the extra seating, it’s a good change,” he said.
“I leave around 7.30 in the morning, this time I’m going to pick up my daughter Charlene Tyrrell on the way to Somerset.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 29 July, 2014 – 98 not out – and in cracking form)
“We have a great time, some of my family are St. George’s fans, I just sit back, listen to them and laugh. I retired when I was 85! I worked as the Custodian/Messenger for the Mayor of Hamilton and decided I wanted to get out of Hamilton as I had lived and worked there all my life. Nothing I looked at took my fancy. Then I saw Ferguson Park and I said to myself, this is it! I fell in love with it. I feel like my spirit led me here. I found my spiritual self here. I love it. It’s peaceful. I have been here since 2001. I just celebrated my 100th birthday!”
(see Ferguson Park Bio – 2016 https://www.housingtrust.bm/profiles/ )
I had the privilege of interviewing ‘Brownie’ Place, born in 1916, for over an hour in October, 2018. He was eager to speak of his recollections of those far off Cup Match days and it was a pleasure chatting with him.
“We were always Somerset supporters” he said. We better have been, after all Mother was from Somerset. As a little boy we lived in Pembroke and at Cup Match time Mom would get us up just after 5.0am in time to catch the boat to Dockyard and then on to Watford Bridge to watch the game at the Royal Naval Field. We went on board the Corona 1 with the construction workers. There were no Holidays on which to celebrate Cup Match in those days. Because transport was difficult I sometimes stayed overnight for the two days with Mom’s people who lived in Somerset.
“I worked at the Recorder with my father Alfred Brownlow “A.B.” Place who was a co-founder of the newspaper. I did most everything – I was pressman, printer and hand setter but shortly after my father retired in 1970 I quit and later went to work for the Corporation of Hamilton where I stayed for 30 years.
“I was there when ‘Bosun’ scored his century. Everybody in the ground went onto the field – I can see that today. A significant amount of money was given”.
Asked if he remembered the words ‘tins’ and ‘snicking’ Brownlow replied,
“I remember the word ‘snicking’ as used by Alma.
“And the word ‘tins’ refers to the score board numbers which were written on a 6” x 8” backing made from tin”.
Asked if he knew the identities of ‘Weary Willie and Tired Tim’ he laughed and explained:
“Weary Willie and Tired Tim were two characters named in the Recorder column. They were imaginative figures written by one man – Carl P. Wade, who also wrote for the Royal Gazette. He was an Anglican preacher at the time but after leaving the Island for further study he returned as a Catholic priest. He was ’best man’ at my father’s wedding in 1916”.
I commented on the excellent reporting of the games in the newspaper and asked if he knew who the writer was. Brownlow explained:
“Alma ‘Champ’ Hunt was the Sports Editor for the Recorder and it is he who wrote up the game reports. He educated himself when he left Bermuda to go play cricket in Scotland. He schooled himself and learned how to write and speak well. Mr. Hunt held the diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism and we compliment this sportsman on his all-round success”. See Recorder 8 October, 1938.
Asked if he remembered the first names of some of the players, Brownlow revealed:
“The Darrells’ names were Shelton and Walter. There was also Sidney Ming and Wilmott Douglas and “Chopper” Hazel and Arthur and O’Brian Simons who all played in the Cup Match”.
In a Royal Gazette article of the 29th July, 2014 Brownlow Place recollects:
“I can recall the time when the Cup Match teams would only pick players from the parishes, no outsiders could get into those teams,” he said.
“I can remember the time when Somerset had fellas like the three Hunts and three Simonses and the Durrants, Woodgate Simmons and Warren Simmons.
“St George’s had Walter and Clifford Darrell, Edward “Bosun” Swainson, Edward “Boar” Watson, Alec “Cocky” Steede, Fielding Swan and “Tubby” Richardson. Those chaps played the game honestly, full of vigour and played for the sport of it. Like everything else it’s all commercialized now. The sportsmanship is not there like it was in those days”.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 29 July, 2014 – ‘98 and not out – and in cracking form’)
Shortly after the passing of “Bosuns” daughter Sybil E. Robinson nee Swainson in 2015, Ira Philip wrote:
“I’ve regarded Sybil as a “First Lady” from the time she was born in St George’s on June 6, 1931 to the late Edward Swainson and his wife Caroline (Cari). She wanted everyone to know that her father was the first person to score a century in the annual Cup Match.
On hearing she’d passed on June 15, I dove into my archives. On page 12 of my book, CHAMP: The One and Only Alma Hunt, “Champ” elaborated on how the stakes for stardom in Cup Match were high. Career opportunities hinged on it.
“Edward “Bosun” Swainson was a Detective Sergeant in the Bermuda Police Force.
He became a national hero and was given an inscribed silver service — at what was tantamount to a State dinner — and a torch-light parade when he scored the first-ever Cup Match century. He was also rewarded with instant promotion, becoming the first black Inspector in the Bermuda Police Force and breaking the rigid colour bar that restricted black officers from rising above the rank of Sergeant.
“First Lady Sybil would proudly talk about her niece Gina Swainson who was a beauteous winner of the Miss Bermuda Pageant and subsequent winner of the Miss World title in the Dominican Republic.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 4 July, 2015 – Tribute to two pillars of our community)
FOR THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBT – The Obituary below relates to the son of Edward Raymond “Bosun” Swainson – and who carried the same name.
It is with great sadness that the Swainson family announces the death of Edward Raymond Swainson, husband of Rosalind Swainson, beloved son of the late Edward “Bosun” and Caroline Swainson, father of John (deceased), Donna, Catherine “Kit”, Gina, Nefertari, Natelege, and Michael, in his 89th year, of Marietta, Georgia, originally from St. George. Memorial service will be held on October 28 in Marietta, GA. Details to follow.
(see The Royal Gazette dated 10 October, 2017 – Obituary)