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The Ultimate Sacrifice

“We will Remember them”

Seven Hayes cricketers who played in the final game before the outbreak of the war in 1914 were to make the ultimate sacrifice and we continue to remember their memory, along with the 4 who died in WW2, by laying a wreath the Remembrance Day ceremony in Hayes.

One of the seven, Harold D Williams, is laid to rest at St Mary’s in Hayes.  He survived the war but was to succumb to his injuries and passed away in 1920.

As we did when we visited the graves of the other six on the Somme, and Ypres, we left a minature cricket bat on the grave and some 10 years later, remnants of the bat survives.

The story of the last game before WW1 is captured in the book written about the history of the club by our former President, Pat Thompson.

We will be serialising the book in the coming season.




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