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Cricket Remembers: ECB Commemorates First World War Cricketers

The ECB has launched a Cricket Remembers campaign ahead of the centenary of Armistice Day on Sunday

To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day this Sunday 11 November, ECB has launched Cricket Remembers, a campaign to remember the cricketers who fought in the First World War.

County cricket was suspended between 1914-19 and at least 210 cricketers served in the First World War. To mark the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice, ECB commissioned cricket historian David Frith - founder editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly and author of more than 30 cricket books - to create a collection of the remarkable stories of the County players who fought in the First World War.

ECB and MCC have also partnered with the charity Remembered on their nationwide project, There But Not There, to create a set of iconic images of a Tommy silhouette at Lord’s Cricket Ground.  There But Not There commemorates those who fought and died in the First World War and aims to educate all generations about why they made the ultimate sacrifice.

Cricket Remembers highlights the contribution made by people from cricket to the nation’s war effort. We can only imagine the courage of those who went to fight and it is important that we commemorate their sacrifice.

Through this campaign, we hope all followers of cricket can join us in remembering those from the game who played their part in the First World War.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer

As someone who had four ancestors fight in the Great War, two of whom never returned, and someone who has an enduring love for cricket, this project is very close to my heart.

The service and sacrifice made by the county cricketers and the countless more “ordinary” cricketers who were killed while fighting for their country remains incalculable. With this campaign I hope we can at least acknowledge the vast contribution of cricketers from the length and breadth of the British Isles and beyond to one of the most cataclysmic conflicts of our era”.

David Frith, Wisden Cricket Monthly Founding Editor

To support the campaign, people are invited to share their own stories of the contribution cricketers made to the First World War using the hashtag #CricketRemembers.

This week, three England cricket teams will also commemorate Armistice across the world with the Men in Sri Lanka, Women in West Indies and Lions in UAE.

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