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WW1 cricket match resumes after 100 years

Thursday 7 August 2014

On Monday August 3rd 1914 a cricket match took place in The Lee, a Chilterns village near Wendover, between the village cricket club and a team from the Manor House. It was an annual event, the climax of a week when the Manor House was full of the guests of its owner Sir Arthur Liberty, founder of Liberty's of London.

The cricket match was stopped by rain in the afternoon. The following day Britain declared war on Germany and quite a few members from both teams signed up to fight. However, they vowed to continue the match once hostilities were over, which they assumed would not be that long.

During the course of WW1 30 men from The Lee were killed, including several members of the cricket team. Now, 100 years later, the current members of the cricket club thought resuming the interrupted match would be an appropriate gesture to remember those who died.

The match will take place on Sunday 10th August at The Lee cricket ground. The names of the dead will be read out and a minute's silence held.

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