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Stanley Jackson
Personal information
Full name Francis Stanley Jackson[1]
Born 21 November 1870(1870-11-21)
Chapel Allerton, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died 9 March 1947 (aged 76)
Hyde Park, London, England
Nickname Jacker
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
International information
National side England
Test debut (cap 82) 17 July 1893 v Australia
Last Test 16 August 1905 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
1890 – 1907 Yorkshire
1890 – 1893 Cambridge University
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 20 309
Runs scored 1,415 15,901
Batting average 48.79 33.83
100s/50s 5/6 31/76
Top score 144* 160
Balls bowled 1,587 37,516
Wickets 24 774
Bowling average 33.29 20.37
5 wickets in innings 1 42
10 wickets in match 0 6
Best bowling 5/52 8/54
Catches/stumpings 10/– 195/–
Source: Cricinfo, 11 November 2008

Sir Francis Stanley Jackson, GCSI, GCIE, PC, KStJ[1] (21 November 1870 – 9 March 1947),[2] known as the Honourable Stanley Jackson during his playing career, was an English cricketer, soldier and Conservative politician.


Early life

Jackson was born in Leeds. His father was William Jackson, 1st Baron Allerton. During Stanley's time at Harrow School his fag was fellow parliamentarian and future Prime Minister Winston Churchill.[1] He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1889.[3]

Cricket career

Jackson played for Cambridge University, Yorkshire and England. He was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1894.

He captained England in 5 Test matches in 1905, winning 2 and drawing 3 to retain The Ashes.[4] Captaining England for the first time, he won all five tosses and topped the batting and bowling averages for both sides, with 492 runs at 70.28 and 13 wickets at 15.46. These were the last of his 20 Test matches, all played at home as he could not spare the time to tour.

He was President of the MCC in 1921.

Military and political career

Jackson served in the Royal Lancaster Regiment of Militia in the Second Boer War, and transferred to the West Yorkshire Regiment as a Lieutenant-Colonel in 1914.

He was elected as a Member of Parliament in at by-election in February 1915,[5] representing Howdenshire (Yorkshire) until resigning his seat on 3 November 1926.[6] He served as Financial Secretary to the War Office 1922-23. In 1927 he was appointed Governor of Bengal and in that year was knighted with the GCIE and was made a member of the Privy Council. He was made a KStJ in 1932. In 1932, he was shot at close range by a girl student named Bina Das in the convocation hall of the Calcutta University, but escaped unhurt. Also, that year, he was appointed a GCSI.

Sir Stanley Jackson was saved from the attempt on his life by Lieutenant-Colonel Hassan Suhrawardy (the first Muslim Vice Chancellor of the University of Calcutta). Suhrawardy was knighted by the King for his heroism. Suhrawardy was the father of Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah and the uncle of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy.[7]


England team v. Australia, Trent Bridge 1899. Back row: Dick Barlow (umpire), Tom Hayward, George Hirst, Billy Gunn, J T Hearne (12th man), Bill Storer (wkt kpr), Bill Brockwell, V A Titchmarsh (umpire). Middle row: C B Fry, K S Ranjitsinhji, W G Grace (captain), Stanley Jackson. Front row: Wilfred Rhodes, Johnny Tyldesley.

Jackson died in London. Recalling his funeral, the Bishop of Knaresborough remarked "As I gazed down on the rapt faces of that vast congregation, I could see how they revered him as though he were the Almighty, though, of course, infinitely stronger on the leg side."

See also


  1. ^ a b c Jackson's obituary in the 1948 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. This gives his full name as Francis Stanley Jackson, whereas Cricinfo and CricketArchive both give his full name as Frank Stanley Jackson. This article uses the name given by Wisden.
  2. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with H, part 4". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons page. Retrieved 14 January 2010.  
  3. ^ Jackson, Francis (or Frank) Stanley in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  4. ^ Alan Gibson wrote a book about his achievements in that series, published in 1966: Jackson's Year: The Test Matches Of 1905.
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 426. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.  
  6. ^ Department of Information Services (9 June 2009). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 30 November 2009.  
  7. ^ Report from The Times

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Broadley Harrison-Broadley
Member of Parliament for Howdenshire
Succeeded by
William Henton Carver
Political offices
Preceded by
George Frederick Stanley
Financial Secretary to the War Office
Succeeded by
Rupert Gwynne
Preceded by
George Younger
Chairman of the Conservative Party
Succeeded by
John Davidson
Preceded by
The Earl of Lytton
Governor of Bengal
Succeeded by
Sir John Anderson
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Plum Warner
English national cricket captain
Succeeded by
Plum Warner

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