ARLOTT, (Leslie Thomas) John. b. Basingstoke, Hampshire, 25 February 1914; d. Alderney, Channel Islands, 14 December 1991. Educated at Queen Mary’s School, Basingstoke, he became a ‘diet clerk’ in Park Prewett Mental Hospital, Basingstoke (1930-34), and worked in the Police Force at Southampton (1934-45). During this period he became increasingly interested in literature, and had begun to broadcast. In 1945 he left the Police Force for the BBC, for which he worked until 1953, at first concerned with literature but later with cricket. He then worked as a free-lance journalist and commentator. John Arlott became the best known cricket commentator of his generation, and a fine poet and writer...
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