Rawtenstall Cricket Club remembers all its players, members, supporters and families who paid the supreme price during our countries conflicts.
In particular as we mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 we remember our players who sacrificed their life for freedom :
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Extract from “Rockets over Cribden” The History of Rawtenstall Cricket Club
Casualties and Fatalities 1914 -18
There was news from the front that popular bowler Jack Kelly had lost a leg whilst fighting. Kelly, from Woodcroft Street, Rawtenstall, had taken over 150 wickets from 1903-1911 with a best of 7-34. Kelly’s brother- Thomas was also wounded in the leg and arm at the Dardanelles whilst 36 year old Private James Driver of Cross Farm Cloughfold and the East Lancashire Regiment, a former player in 1903-04, made the supreme sacrifice with news of his death recorded in June 1917. As did Private James Stansfield, the 31 year old died from wounds inflicted. Stansfield played from 1909 -1916 and took over 100 wickets. 18 months earlier he was taking 8-40 at home against Church. Finally news that leading bowler Fred Haworth had also fallen in battle in 1917. Haworth played from 1907 – 1916 taking 226 wickets and scoring nearly 2000 runs. Twelve months earlier he was taking nine wickets at Bacup Road against Burnley. How poignant that his bowling performance still stands as an amateur club record.
A poignant reminder in Fred Haworth who took 9-21 against Burnley in the summer of 1916, a record for a Rawtenstall amateur that stands to this day, lost his life within 2 years of that remarkable feat at the Somme, like so many of his compatriots from the county.
We will remember them.