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|Lieut.-Colonel Cecil Howard PALMER|
Commanded the Depot Worcestershire
Regiment from January 1912 to August 1914.
Cecil Howard Palmer was born at Eastborne,
the 14th July 1873, son of the Reverend James Howard Palmer and Marian Palmer (nee
Edwards). He was educated at "Ashampstead" (Upperton Road
Establishment for Young Gentlemen) and later at St. Peters College, Radley,
He was commissioned in to the Worcestershire Regiment in about 1894.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on the 1st February 1897 and to rank of Captain on the 20th June 1900.
During the Boer War he served with the
Mounted Infantry and was Mentioned-in-Despatches in 1901 (London Gazette
He was a keen sportsman. He was a first
team member of the Hampshire County Cricket Club (batsman) from 1899 to 1907
and interestingly during 1904 he also played for Worcestershire County
Cricket Club against Oxford University at Worcester, scoring 41 and 75 runs, and in the same season
played three matches for Hampshire County Cricket Club one of which was
against Worcestershire. However, as a regular soldier his county cricket was very restricted.
In 1903 for the Gentlemen of Worcestershire v Gentlemen of Warwickshire at Edgbaston he made 102 and