Henry Rupert James Charlwood (19 December 1846 in Horsham, Sussex – 6 June 1888 in Scarborough, Yorkshire) played cricket professionally for England in the first two Test matches ever played, which were against Australia in 1877. Charlwood was a top order batsman and occasional lob bowler.
Henry Charlwood, or Harry, toured with James Lillywhite, junior’ team on the first ever cricket tour of Australia that included test matches. Note: The 2 tests were designated test matches sometime after they had been played. Australia won the toss for the 1st Test and elected to bat so Harry fielded for a day and a half as Australia put on 245 runs for 9 wickets. He batted at No: 3 and joined Harry Jupp (16 not out) when England were 23 for 1. He and Harry Jupp put on 56 runs for the 2nd wicket. England’s first ever 50 partnership. Harry made 36 which was the 3rd best Innings of the match. He added a further 13 in the 2nd Innings, just missing out on becoming the 3rd test Batsman to score 50 runs in a career and match.
Henry Rupert James Charlwood
19 December 1846 Horsham, Sussex, England
6 June 1888 (aged 41) Scarborough, Yorkshire, England