Born at Staveley, Derbyshire, 28th January 1851.
Died at Staveley, Derbyshire, 4th October 1913.
His first recorded engagement as a professional cricketer was at Manningham, Bradford, 1873-75, in 1877 at Eland and in 1879 at Keighley. His first first-class match was for Derbyshire in 1875 and between then and 1887 he appeared in 55 first-class matches, 47 of them for Derbyshire. He joined the M.C.C. ground staff in 1882 and remained there until 1912. He was a first-class umpire 1895-98. By trade he was a mechanic.
At the time of the 1881 Census he was living at The Poplars, Staveley, Derbyshire, a widower aged 30 and a professional cricketer, also present is his son, George W. aged 2. His mother Eliza Forshaw, a widow aged 58, is there with her son, Walter Forshaw, aged 21, an iron casting fitter, and three daughters, Alice aged 20 a dressmaker, Ada aged 18 and Mary aged 15. There are two boarders, both unmarried schoolmistresses.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)