Discovery tells of cricketer’s Great War fate

A battered booklet discovered in the belongings of a bowler from the time of the Great War gives a fascinating insight into a series of Victorian cricket matches.

And it brings to light the story of the First World War soldier who might well have owed his life to a sporting injury.

The booklet details a series of charity fundraising matches between Guiseley and Calverley between 1872 and 1883.

The small piece of history belongs to 82-year-old Rex Eastwood, who discovered it in the papers of his father Herbert – a fast bowler for Horsforth during and after the Great War, who survived thanks in large part to breaking his leg.

Rex is now planning to donate it to a historical society.

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