Surrey County Cricket Club and Hampshire Cricket say Thank You to the WW1 generation.
In the last few months both Surrey County Cricket Club and Hampshire Cricket have held matches as part of the England v India series to say Thank You to the WW1 generation.
Surrey County Cricket Club and The Royal British Legion joined forces to recognise the role of Indian soldiers during the First World War as part of the Thank You movement. The commemorations were focused around play on Day Three of the Final Test Match between England and India at the Oval on Sunday 9th September, and highlighted the contribution of the Commonwealth during the First World War - and in particular that of the Indian Army. Activity included a half time re-enactment of a cricket match played on the Western Front between the Royal Manchester Regiment and the Sikh Regiment of the Indian Army.
Chief Executive of Surrey County Cricket Club, Richard Gould, said: “Surrey are proud to be partnering with the Royal British Legion to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Our country owes more to the sacrifices of these men than it is possible to express and this anniversary seems a particularly appropriate time to say ‘Thank You’. Through ‘The 48’ and the events being held during the Test Match, the club is honoured to be doing its bit to help a very important national campaign.”
Hampshire Cricket and the Ageas Bowl also partnered up with The Royal British Legion, as part of the Thank You movement, at the Ageas Bowl in August, during Hampshire Cricket's Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire. This match highlighted Hampshire’s past players who went to fight in WW1 and also those who had a large impact in the rebuilding of the game after the war. No less than 23 Hampshire Cricketers lost their lives during WW1, more than any other first-class county. Hampshire Cricket also held another match for the Thank You movement in August, where a group of military personnel, veterans and The Royal British Legion staff joined together to unveil their giant flag on the pitch before the game, as well as performing a guard of honour for the players as they arrived onto the pitch.