Somerset Cricket During The First World War

Somerset Cricket Museum is commemorating the outbreak of the First World War with an exhibition exploring the role of Somerset cricketers & club officials both serving abroad and on the Home Front at that time.

Twelve Somerset players died during the conflict but others returned to play for the county during peace time.

Whilst the Museum have a good deal of information from that period, including details of those cricketers who played in the last match before the war began and the first match when play resumed in 1919, they are keen to hear from people with relatives who had links to The Club at that time.

The staff at the Museum would be thrilled to hear from anyone whose relatives had links with The Club and took part in the war, whether serving in the forces or working on the home front such as nurses, bus drivers etc.

If you have a story to tell or have any memorabilia, letters or documents that can illuminate the exhibition please contact The Somerset Cricket Museum on 01823 275893 or email

Pictured is 2nd Lieutenant Edwin John Leat, a Wellington man who played for Somerset between 1908-1910 and sadly died in France on 8 June 1918.

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