Test & County Cricketers at War 1914-18

Cricket on the Home Front 1914-18

England's Great War Test Casualties

ECB seeks WW1 relatives

MCC Museum and Great War

Cricket – like all areas of life was touched greatly by the Great War of 1914-18.

Cricket clubs up and down the country are staging a series of events to commemorate the 100-year anniversary since the start of World War 1 in early August 2014 - with this www.ecb.co.uk/WW1 section providing all the necessary background and information.

Four England Test cricketers and 289 First Class cricketers lost their lives in the War; 407 first-class cricketers were subsequently decorated for gallantry.

We are publishing features and images by leading cricket and war historian David Frith on cricket’s involvement and contribution to the war – including features on cricketers who participated in and lost their lives in the War, and how the wider game was affected during those years of conflict.

Lives of the First World War

Visit the Imperial War Museums digital memorial helping to piece together the Life Stories of more than 8 million men and women who made a contribution during the First World War.

Lives of the First World War from Imperial War Museums on Vimeo.

Find cricket-related events near you, and add your own

Communities and individuals of all ages are coming together to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War

Take part in the First World War Centenary commemorations. Find out what's on near you - www.1914.org

  • Essex pay tribute to fallen heroes

    16th October 2014
    Members of Essex County Cricket club have embarked on a trip to Ypres to commemorate the 100-year anniversary and pay respects to the 12 Essex cricketers who lost their lives during World War One.
  • War heroes honoured at New Road

    17th August 2014
    The Worcestershire memorial plaque in honour of the county's players-members who gave their lives during the First World War has been restored and will be relocated in the foyer of the Graeme Hick Pavilion at New Road.
  • Northants to unveil War Memorial

    12th August 2014
    Northants Cricket will be unveiling a war memorial at the County Ground in the memorial garden this week.
  • Somerset church service to mark WW1 anniversary

    8th August 2014
    The Somerset County Cricket Club Annual Church Service will be taking place on Sunday - this year marking the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
  • Wakely to host WWI radio show

    6th August 2014
    Northamptonshire vice-captain Alex Wakely is to host his own show dedicated to the 100-year anniversary of World War One on BBC Radio Northampton at 8.20am on Friday 8 August.
100 years since start of First World War

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is leading government plans to build a commemoration fitting of this significant milestone in world history.

Somerset Cricket during WW1

Somerset Cricket Museum is commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with an exhibition exploring the role of Somerset cricketers & club officials both serving abroad and on the Home Front at that time


Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in #LightsOut by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection on the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

People can take part in whatever way they choose, either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.

Leicestershire and World War One

Leicester Museum have borrowed the bat of AT Sharp, which they are using in a significant exhibition launching in time for the commemorations.

Aubrey Sharp played amateur cricket for Leicestershire, served on the Western Front and survived the Great War.