The History of Sport Played in China's Treaty Ports

  Connor was born in America in 1892? He died on 23 October 1918, only eighteen days before the end of the War serving with the Chinese Labour Corps.   

  He died in the ferocious fighting around the northern French village of Pommereuil as the War reached its fitful climax. He had served and survived throughout the War before he met his death aged just twenty-six years old leaving a widow Mabel Zilpha Connor to mourn his loss.

  He was a regular rugby player from 1911 to 1914 in Shanghai. His first game was for the Shanghai Saracens. He also played for the American Division of the SVC.

 He is buried at the Pommereuil British Cemetery, Le Cateau, France.


 As a footnote, based on a later passenger list. It would appear that his wife Mabel gave birth to a son in September 1917. The son was also named Cleveland Alexander Connor. 

  After the war Mabel moved to Australia to live with her sister. While there, she received an offer of marriage from an admirer in the UK. She traveled back to the UK to be married but sadly the suitor did not follow through. See more details here

 

Connor's grave at the Pommereuill British Cemetery in France

Cleveland Alexander Connor (1892? - 1918)