General Henry George
Mayes
Male
Canada
1880-02-14
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
1928-12-04
London, England


About

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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Archive statistics 1906 - 1928
50
303
249


Tournament wins 1928 - Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting (Amateur)
1928 - Juan-Les-Pins (Amateur)
1928 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1928 - Cannes New Courts Club (Amateur)
1928 - Royal Botanical Society Hard Courts (Amateur)
1928 - Surrey Championships (Amateur)
1928 - Le Touquet (Open)
1927 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1927 - Côte d'Azur Championships (Amateur)
1927 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1927 - Monegasque Championships (Amateur)
1927 - French Switzerland Championships (Amateur)
1927 - Le Touquet (Open)
1926 - Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting (Amateur)
1926 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1926 - Gipsy (Amateur)
1926 - Middlesex Championships (Amateur)
1925 - Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament (Amateur)
1925 - Cannes Gallia (Amateur)
1925 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1925 - Monte Carlo Easter Tournament (Amateur)
1925 - Cromer Covered Courts Autumn Meeting (Amateur)
1925 - Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting (Amateur)
1925 - Cannes Club Tournament (Amateur)
1924 - Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting (Amateur)
1924 - Highbury (Amateur)
1924 - Cannes Carlton (Amateur)
1924 - Engadine Championships (Amateur)
1924 - Cannes Métropole Second Meeting (Amateur)
1924 - Cannes Gallia (Amateur)
1924 - Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament (Amateur)
1923 - Côte d'Azur Championships (Amateur)
1923 - Le Touquet Second Meeting (Open)
1923 - Cannes Championships (Open)
1923 - Nice (Grand Prix Circuit)
1923 - North London Autumn Hard Courts (Amateur)
1923 - Hendon Autumn (Amateur)
1923 - Cannes Club Tournament (Amateur)
1923 - Henley Hard courts Autumn Meeting (Amateur)
1923 - Cannes Carlton (Amateur)
1923 - Southampton (Amateur)
1922 - Queens Club Tournament (ATP)
1922 - Edmonton (Amateur)
1922 - Lowther (Amateur)
1922 - Le Touquet Second Meeting (Open)
1921 - Cannes Métropole (Amateur)
1921 - Hurlingham Grass courts (Amateur)
1919 - Southampton (Amateur)
1912 - Manitoba Championships (Amateur)
1910 - Manitoba Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments Wimbledon - 1928 Cannes Carlton - 1928 Cannes Championships - 1928 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1928 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1928 Cannes Métropole - 1928 Le Touquet - 1928 Surrey Championships - 1928 Cannes Gallia - 1928 Juan-Les-Pins - 1928 Cannes New Courts Club - 1928 Le Touquet Second Meeting - 1928 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1928 Royal Botanical Society Hard Courts - 1928 Wimbledon - 1927 Cannes Carlton - 1927 Cannes Championships - 1927 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1927 Queens Club Tournament - 1927 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1927 Cannes Métropole - 1927 French Switzerland Championships - 1927 Le Touquet - 1927 Cannes Gallia - 1927 Monegasque Championships - 1927 Cannes New Courts Club - 1927 Villa d'Este - 1927 Wimbledon - 1926 Queens Club Tournament - 1926 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1926 Cannes Métropole - 1926 Gipsy - 1926 Cannes Gallia - 1926 Cannes New Courts Club - 1926 Middlesex Championships - 1926 Wimbledon - 1925 Monte Carlo - 1925 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1925 Nice - 1925 Queens Club Tournament - 1925 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1925 Cannes Métropole - 1925 Cannes Club Tournament - 1925 Cannes Gallia - 1925 Cromer Covered Courts Autumn Meeting - 1925 Monte Carlo Easter Tournament - 1925 Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament - 1925 Wimbledon - 1924 Cannes Carlton - 1924 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1924 Nice - 1924 British Hard Court Championships - 1924 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1924 Surrey Championships - 1924 Cannes Gallia - 1924 Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament - 1924 Highbury - 1924 Engadine Championships - 1924 Cannes Métropole Second Meeting - 1924 Soissons - 1924 Wimbledon - 1923 Monte Carlo - 1923 Cannes Carlton - 1923 Cannes Championships - 1923 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1923 Nice - 1923 South of France Championships - 1923 Cannes Beau Site New Year Meeting - 1923 Cannes Carlton 2nd Meeting - 1923 Cannes Club Tournament - 1923 Le Touquet Second Meeting - 1923 London Hard Courts - 1923 Hendon Autumn - 1923 Norfolk - 1923 Henley Hard courts Autumn Meeting - 1923 Cannes Carlton Winter Tournament - 1923 Southampton - 1923 North London Autumn Hard Courts - 1923 Cannes Championships - 1922 Côte d'Azur Championships - 1922 Queens Club Tournament - 1922 Cannes Métropole - 1922 Le Touquet Second Meeting - 1922 London Hard Courts - 1922 Lowther - 1922 Hendon Autumn - 1922 Edmonton - 1922 Wimbledon - 1921 Cannes Métropole - 1921 Hurlingham Grass courts - 1921 Wimbledon - 1920 World Covered Court Championships - 1920 Wimbledon - 1919 Southampton - 1919 Wimbledon - 1913 Canadian International Championships - 1913 Irish Championships - 1913 Queens Club Tournament - 1913 Manitoba Championships - 1912 Manitoba Championships - 1911 Manitoba Championships - 1910 Manitoba Championships - 1909 Mid-Kent Championships - 1908 Epsom - 1908 Hastings and St. Leonard's on Sea - 1908 Cinque Ports Championships - 1906

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