Born July 26, 1888, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died April 20, 1918, France (aged 29 years 268 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands (26 July 1888 – 20 April 1918) was born in Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa and died in France as a result of injuries sustained on the Western Front during the first Great War, aged just 29. He was a South African cricketer who played in one Test match in February 1914. Not surprisingly given the period, his entire first-class cricket career lasted just 15 months in which time he played a few matches for Western Province in the Currie Cup (1912–13) and against the visiting M.C.C. led by J.W.H.T. Douglas (1913–14). During that English tour, Hands made his only Test appearance in the fifth match of the series, played at Port Elizabeth. A useful right-handed batsman, he scored 0 and 7 in a match won convincingly by the visitors by 10 wickets. He was dismissed stumped in both innings.No mention of his representative appearance was made in his Wisden obituary, nor that his brother, P.A.M. Hands, also played in that same Test. Reginald Hands was a talented rugby forward and played two international matches for England in 1910 against France and Scotland. He (along with his two brothers, incidentally) had previously won his rugby Blue at Oxford University. A lawyer called to the Bar in 1911, he was awarded the 1914–15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his military service.
Captain Reginald Hands, the oldest of three cricket-playing brothers, made only one Test appearance (alongside his brother, Phillip) against England at Port Elizabeth in 1913-14. Like his brothers, he won a rugby Blue at Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar and in 1909-10 was picked to play for the South v The Rest. In 1910-11 after two more trail games he played for England against France and Scotland. He was killed on the western front in 1918 while serving with the South African Artillery.
Only Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1914
First-class span 1912-1914