Brief profile of W.A.Humphreys
by Don Ambrose
HUMPHREYS, Walter Alexander.
Born at Southsea, Hampshire, 28th October 1849.
Died at Brighton, Sussex, 23rd March 1924.
He was the brother of G.T.Humphreys (Sussex 1869-86) and the father of W.A. junior (Sussex 1898-1900). His family had moved into Sussex when he was only three weeks old, so he was first selected for Sussex in 1871 and thereafter played in 273 first-class matches 248 of them for Sussex (1871-96) and two of them for Hampshire (1900). He toured Australia with Stoddard in 1894-95. In 1879 he was living at 25 New Road, Brighton and was by trade a shoemaker.
The 1881 Census lists him as living at 67 Upper North Street, Brighton, aged 31, a bootmaker. His wife is Mary Ann aged 38 and there are three daughters and a son. Florence aged 9, Alice aged 7, Walter aged 2 and Rose aged two months. His sister-in-law Miss Ellen Roberts, aged 29, a general servant, is also present as are two lodgers Margaret Packford aged 24 and her one year old son Charles, both born in Ireland.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)