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Lunchtime Talk: Yorkshire Cricket and the First World War

Lunchtime Talk: Yorkshire Cricket and the First World War
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28 Nov 2019 1pm - 2pm

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Leeds Central Library

Municipal Buildings, Calverley Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3AB

Over two million British men were injured or killed in the First World War. Millions more people supported the war effort at home – in factories, fields or by keeping essential services going. In these circumstances, how could something as trivial as cricket continue? For some, it was not acceptable; for others, watching or playing sport were reasonable responses to government calls to ‘carry on’.

Drawing on research for his book A Game Sustained: The impact of the First World War 1914-20, Jeremy Lonsdale will talk about what happened to cricket at all levels in Yorkshire between 1914 and 1918; how it kept going with so many men away; how its top league managed to attract a number of famous cricketers to play at weekends; and how, when peace came, cricket resumed its place in county life in 1919 and 1920.

It is a story of divided opinions and of guilt and uncertainty about the correct way to behave. It is also the story of efforts to sustain traditions and to keep some sense of normality at a time of crisis.

Image Info: (c) Roger Mann

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