To commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day on 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.
His feature, titled ‘County Cricketers and the 1914-18 War’ is published on ECB.co.uk today and tells some of the most poignant and heroic war stories from across the county game.
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.
To support the campaign, ECB is inviting people 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.