For Club, King and Country
By Martin and Teresa Davies. Telling the story of how the men of Gloucester Rugby Club and Gloucestershire Cricket Club served in the Great War.
Paperback, 211 pages. In 1914 the cricketers in Bristol and the rugby players in Gloucester were used by the local newspapers to encourage recruitment. This book covers the experiences of the players between the declaration of war and the entry into a theatre of war; some players entered the war within six days of the declaration while others took anything up to eighteen months.
Describes all the battles that the players were involved in, and the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the players and winning of gallantry medals.
Contains a detailed profile of each player significantly featured in the book detailing his upbringing and education, his occupation, his war time exploits and his sporting achievements.
Illustrated throughout with maps and b&w photographs.
Forewords by Jack Russell (Gloucestershire County Cricket Club and England) and Mike Teague (Gloucester Rugby Football Club , England and the British Lions).
All proceeds to The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.