From Wikipedia (slightly adapted): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Mayes
Born in the town of Northampton in the East Midlands, Henry Mayes was educated at Northampton Grammar School. He served in the Boer War in 1898, joining the Natal Horse as a trooper. He was promoted to a captain and was awarded the King’s and Queen’s medals. In 1908, he resigned his commission after marrying Frances Hazard of Long Island, and moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1909. There he founded a tanning company with business associates.
However, Mayes was called up again on the outbreak of World War One, and was a founding member of the Fort Garry Horse regiment, serving under the Canadian forces on the Western Front from 1914 to 1916 in France, during which he was promoted from captain to major.
After the war he was again promoted to lieutenant-colonel and was in charge of Bayonet Fighting. His sporting expertise saw him appointed head of physical training with the Canadian Air Force, and in the same position in the United Kingdom for the Royal Air Force. This resulted in him being made a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) in January 1918. In later life he was based in Victoria (British Columbia) and London.
Mayes was a good all-round sportsman, participating in polo, lawn tennis and shooting competitions on an international level. He excelled at lawn tennis, and hard courts were said to be his strongest surface. He enjoyed much popularity as a lawn tennis player.
Mayes was on the 1913 Canadian Davis Cup team along with John F. Foulkes, Robert Powell and Bernard Schwengers. It was Canada’s first appearance in the Davis Cup and they reached the All-Comers’ Final only to be defeated by the United States in the summer of 1913, at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, where the competition was held.
Mayes won the men’s singles title at the London Championships held at the Queen’s Club in the English capital. He was victorious there three times: in 1922 (d. Donald Greig 6-8, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1), 1926 (d. Arthur Lowe 6-3, 6-2) and 1927 (d. D.M. Evans 6-3, 6-3).
Henry Mayes also competed at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships several times. He won his last title at the age of 47, when most modern players have long since retired, and died in London just a year later, in December 1928, of blood poisoning. He was 48 years old. According to the United States Lawn Tennis Association, Mayes was reported to have still been in peak physical shape before his death.
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