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.

Three Leicestershire cricketers died in World War One:

  • 2nd Lieutenant WW Odell
  • Captain Harold Wright
  • Private AE Davis

A fourth, Private Albert Shipman (who played only second team and Club and Ground games) was also killed.

Lieutenant WN Riley was severely injured (he lost a leg) and 1st Aircraftsman George Geary was also badly injured, though recovered sufficiently to subsequently play 14 times for England and bowl quite well on occasions.

Over 40 men from the club (current, or relatively recent players and staff) served in one capacity or another as can be seen in the illustration below:

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