Charles Fellows

Charles’s nephew has just informed us of the loss of Charles due to a stroke in the early hours of 29th January.

Charles's funeral will take place at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, KT22 0AG tel. 01372 363181. The service is on Thursday February 26th at 2.45pm and of course his family will be very pleased to see any of his friends who would like and are able to attend.

Obituary Charles Fellows, (School years 1930-1935)

Charles Fellows died following a stroke on 29th January 2015. He will be kindly remembered by Old Camdenians who played cricket during the late 1940’s to early 60’s. His love and passion for cricket stayed with him. On returning to civilian life after the war, in which he was a lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals and saw action in France, Charles was one of a small number of Old Camdenian ex-servicemen (including Jack Crook, Stuart Hamer, Fred Wilby, Ron Wilby, Bill Wraight and Dennis Steel) who restarted the cricket club after the war. He was a member of the first committee meeting on 27th March 1947.

Though not a stylish batsman, Charles could thump the ball hard. He was a biggish man and the ground would shiver a little if he was forced to run a quick single. I never saw him bowl though I do remember him taking a rather difficult catch (not off my bowling). He was a tremendous asset to the cricket club. In those days of Club cricket, there were no leagues. Each team had to find opposing teams and once you found a team that was prepared to play you, after a long process which could last several years, would exchange mutually convenient dates for home and away matches. As fixture secretary, Charles was responsible for improving the club’s fixture list each year. Sometimes it would be difficult to add the likes of the ‘better’ sides like Northwood, Kenton, Potters Bar and Ruislip to what in the early days a little known club playing at Finchley but coming from lowly Camden Town. He was patient and efficient, though not officious keeping meticulous statistics and records. He was well liked by the players and other fixture secretaries.
Another feature of playing cricket in those days was that each club was required to provide ‘tea’ for the opposing side. We were fortunate in that Charles’ wife, Edna, was a regular helper in the kitchen at Bow Lane. Charles and Edna were married for 62 years when Edna died in 2009. They had a good life together, cycling, touring Europe and serving the local community in various capacities, including chairman of the local Probus. In addition to all that, he had the good sense to be a Spurs supporter.

We extend our condolences to Charles’ nephew, David, and his family.

Richard Brown