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Sussex cricket's war heroes to be remembered
4:58pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014 in News
A plaque commemorating the Sussex cricket players who gave their lives in two World Wars will be unveiled this week.
As first reported in The Argus back in November, Sussex County Cricket Club have announced that they will be marking the 100 year anniversary of the First World War with a permanent War Memorial plaque at the County Ground.
The plaque has been placed on the wall of the Spen Cama Pavilion, next to the Sussex Cricket World Museum.
Inscribed on the plaque are the names of the ten Sussex cricketers and the one club secretary who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars.
Among the players remembered The club’s war heroes include Ernest Relf who was one of three Relf brothers who played together for Sussex prior to the war.
The special unveiling ceremony takes place on Sunday during the luncheon interval of the first day’s play in the LV=County Championship match between Sussex and Northamptonshire.
The ceremony will be introduced by club chairman Jim May with the plaque unveiled by Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field and a blessing by Father Philip Ritchie of the All Saints Church in Hove.
Former Sussex captains Jim Parks and Michael Yardy will also take part in the ceremony while the Royal Sussex Regiment Standard Bearers will raise flags as part of the ceremony.
Mr May said: “As the world marks the centenary of the Great War we think it is entirely appropriate that the club commemorate the lives of eleven young men who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country in the two World Wars.”