AEJ Collins Remembered - 09 June 2014

AEJ Collins Remembered - 09 June 2014

aej collinsOld Cliftonian AEJ Collins is famous for achieving the highest-ever recorded score in cricket: as a 13-year-old schoolboy, he scored 628 not out over four afternoons in June 1899.  

Collins's record-making innings drew a large crowd and increasing media interest; spectators at the Old Cliftonian match being played nearby were drawn away to watch the junior school House cricket match in which Collins was playing.

Despite this achievement, Collins never played first-class cricket. He joined the British Army in 1902 and studied at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, before becoming an officer in the Royal Engineers.

He served in France during the First World War, where he was killed in action in 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres. Collins had been mentioned in dispatches and also represented the Royal Military Academy at cricket and rugby union.

For more on his tragic young life, listen to this moving BBC clip by another Old Cliftonian John Inverdale.