Clarence Everard (Nip) PELLEW MID

PELLEW, Clarence Everard

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Pirie, South Australia, 21 September 1893
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's College, Adelaide, South Australia
Occupation: University Student
Died: Adelaide, South Australia, 9 May 1981, aged 87 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
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World War 1 Service

23 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Keswick, South Australia
25 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, 27th Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Major, 27th Infantry Battalion

Australian Imperial Force Touring XI

When the First World War ended in November 1918, thousands of Australian servicemen were in Europe as members of the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and many remained until the spring of 1919. In England, a new first-class cricket season was planned, the first since 1914, and an idea that came to fruition was the formation of an Australian touring side made up of servicemen. Agreement was reached with the Australian Corps HQ in London, commanded by Field Marshal William Birdwood, 1st Baron Birdwood, and the Australian Imperial Force Touring XI was formed, initially under the captaincy of pre-war Test player Charlie Kelleway. Kelleway departed after only six matches following a dispute about the fixtures list. A players' meeting elected future Test player Herbie Collins as team captain for the remainder of the tour, despite the fact that Collins' military rank was lance corporal and there were seven officers in the party. The bulk of the team remained intact for nearly nine months from May 1919, playing 33 matches in Great Britain, ten in South Africa on their way home and then another three in Australia itself before disbanding in February 1920. Of the 46 matches, 39 are adjudged first-class and the team had only four defeats, all of these in England. The players lived on their army pay and all profits from gate money went to an AIF Sports Control Board.

The team toured Great Britain May to September 1919, playing 28 first-class matches with twelve wins, four defeats and twelve draws. Five minor matches were also played, three of these in Scotland, the Australians winning two and drawing three. The AIF team toured South Africa October to December on their way home and were undefeated in ten matches, eight of which were first-class. Two unofficial "Tests" were played at the Old Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg, Australia winning both comfortably. Jack Gregory relished the conditions in South Africa while the local newspapers acclaimed Collins as the finest player in the team. On arrival home January 1920 in Australia, the team played three first-class matches, defeating both the reigning Sheffield Shield champions New South Wales and their main challengers Victoria. A likely victory against Queensland was frustrated by torrential rain. The results in Australia demonstrated the strength of the AIF team and within a few months of the team's dissolution, five players would make their Test débuts: batsmen Collins, Johnny Taylor and Nip Pellew; wicketkeeper Bert Oldfield and fast bowling all-rounder Gregory.

For more information see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Imperial_Force_Touring_XI

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Biography

"...Capt Clarence Everard Pellew, 27th Battalion. In 1919 Capt Pellew was member of the AIF Cricket Eleven, which toured the United Kingdom. He later became a member of the Australian cricket team, playing 10 tests from 1920 to 1921..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)