Thanks to the survival of a set of remarkable records at Sunderland’s Ashbrooke Sports Club and work carried out online and at The National Archives it has been possible to reconstruct the wartime activities of over 250 members of the then Sunderland Cricket and (Rugby) Football Club who served in the forces during the First World War. The research, which covers amateur rugby union, cricket, hockey and tennis players, has taken over four years and it has always been the aim to publish it in the weeks leading up to the centenary of the ending of the war in November 1914. To date it has been possible to trace the deaths of at least 64 club members as a result of the conflict including six sets of brothers. On the individual sports
RUGBY; Over 100 players identified and wartime records discovered including the war records of all 45 players selected for the club’s three sides on 17 January 1914.
CRICKET; Over 80 players identified and wartime records discovered. This includes details on the first six in the batting order for the 3rd XI in a match in July 1914 of whom five died as a result of the conflict
TENNIS; The wartime records of more than 30 active members who played for club and some for county.
HOCKEY; The wartime records of 18 players identified including an international, a North of England captain and 11 who received some form of recognition for bravery during the conflict.
More detail on the book (almost 200 pages of case studies, analysis and illustrations) and the author can be found on the relevant page of the author’s website www.keithgregson.com