COLYER EVELYN ( Evelyn Lucy Colyer )
Born 16 August 1902
Died 4 November 1930 in India ( aged 28yo, due to childbirth complication )
Married Hamish Munro, 13 February 1930 in Stretham, London
Active 1921-1930. Retired upon marriage.
Best known for her doubles partnership with Joan Austin. In 1923 "the Babes", as the press dubbed them, excited both public and press by fighting their way to the doubles final. Colyer went on to represent her country at the 1924 Olympics.
[From an Agents Cigarette Card, circa 1928]
Delight of spectators by her agility and volleying powers. Twice in Ladies Doubles final Wimbledon, 1923, with Miss Joan Austin, and in 1926, with Miss McKane. In Wightman Cup team 1924, 1925, 1926....
Early in 1930 Miss Colyer met Hamish Munro, a wealthy Indian tea planter, in Switzerland. A whirlwind five week romance culminated in a marriage at Christ Church, Stretham. Evelyn shortly moved to India with her husband, where she died in childbirth only months after her wedding. Both of her twins followed her to the grave.
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Evelyn Lucy Colyer (August 16, 1902–November 6, 1930)
From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", February 22, 1930:
" The marriage of Mr Hamish Munro and Miss [Evelyn] L. Colyer, brief reference to which was made in our last issue, took place at Chirst Church, Streatham, [London], on Thursday of last week [February 13, 1930]. The ceremony was very quiet and only relatives and intimate friends were present. The bride was given away by her father, Sir Frank Colyer.
"The bride and bridegroom will spend their honeymoon touring, and will leave later for the East."
From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", March 13, 1930:
"Mrs Hamish Munro (Miss Evelyn Colyer) left for India with her husband last week. Sir Frank and Lady Colyer held a final gathering for her friends at Nash's Club [London] before her departure, among the guests being Mr [Leslie] and Mrs [Kathleen] Godfree and Mrs Lycett [nee Joan Austin]."
From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", November 8, 1930
"As we go to press the sad news reaches us of the death of Mrs Hamish Munro (Miss Evelyn Colyer) which occurred at Assam [India] on Thursday [November 6]. On October 22, she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The girl died on October 26 and it was announced that the boy was doing well. A letter of sympathy has been forwarded by the Lawn Tennis Association to Sir Frank and Lady Colyer."
From "Lawn Tennis and Badminton", November 15, 1930:
"Mrs Munro [Evelyn Colyer], who was the daughter of Sir Frank Colyer, the well-known dental surgeon, was married, after a brief engagement, on February 13 of this year, at Christ Church, Streatham, to Mr Hamish Munro, a tea planter in Assam, whom she met in Switzerland last winter.
"Writing from Assam in the summer she said that her life was very different from England, 'but it is surprising how soon you get used to things. There are no lights, no running water, and no proper roads, and hundreds and thousands of insects. The district at its biggest is about 20 people, but generally we shall not be in touch with as many as that. We are luckier than most as we have some people fairly near.'
"To Mrs Lycett [Joan Austin] she wrote: 'We live in a dilapidated bungalow at present, and I have three raw coolies to train as servants. I have to cope with them in a language of which I do not know a word. I am so happy that nothing matters.'
"[Since the above was received a cable reached England on Tuesday from Assam stating that the infant boy died on Saturday.]"
EVELYN COLYER'S MAIN TENNIS RESULTS
1924 : Bronze Medalist
: ( with Dorothy SHEPHERD BARRON. Lost to Hazel HOTCHKISS WIGHTMAN and Helen WILLS MOODY 63 16 75. Win to Marguerite BROQUEDIS BILLOUT and Yvonne BOURGEOIS 61 62 for the Bronze Medal ).
- 1925 ( lost to Suzanne LENGLEN 60 62 )
- 1925 ( with Kathleen Mc KANE GODFREE. Lost to Suzanne LENGLEN and Julie VLASTO 61 911 62 )
- 1926 ( with Kathleen Mc KANE GODFREE. Lost to Suzanne LENGLEN and Julie VLASTO 61 61 )
- 1928 ( with Joan FRY. Lost to Eileen BENNETT and Phoebe HOLCROFT 57 61 63
1/8 Final :
- 1922 ( lost to Suzanne LENGLEN 60 60 )
- 1924 ( lost to Jessie COLGATE 63 63 )
- 1925 ( lost to Daphne AKHURST 46 64 64 )
- 1927 ( lost to Kathleen Mc KANE 62 62 )
- 1923 ( with Joan AUSTIN LYCETT. Lost to Suzanne LENGLEN and Elizabeth RYAN 63 61 )
- 1926 ( with Kathleen Mc KANE. Lost to Mary BROWNE and Elizabeth RYAN 61 61 )
1/8 Final :
- 1927 ( with Joan AUSTIN LYCETT. Lost to Kathleen Mc KANE and Betty NUTHALL 63 63 )
- 1929 ( with HILL. Lost to Betty NUTHALL and Elizabeth RYAN 64 64 )
1/8 Final :
- 1925 ( with Patrick SPENCE. Lost to Elizabeth RYAN and Umberto DE MORPUGO 64 75 )
- 1927 ( with Jacques BRUGNON. Lost to Irene PEACOCK and Jack CONDON 64 36 63 )
- 1929 ( with Cyril EAMES. Lost to Eileen BENNETT and Henri COCHET 64 86 )
1/8 Final :
- 1925 ( lost to ANDERSON 75 75 )
- 1925 ( with Kathleen Mc KANE. Lost to Eleanor GOSS and Marion ZINDERSTEIN 26 62 62 )
WORLD HARD COURT CHAMPIONSHIPS
1/8 Final :
- 1922 ( lost to Pauline ALISON 63 06 97 )
- 1922 ( with Pauline ALISON. Lost to Winifred BEAMISH and Kathleen Mc KANE 64 62 )