World War One photographic memorabilia

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To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November 1918, which marked the end of the First World War, we have assembled a small sample of the photographic and other memorabilia collected by the local Wilkerson family.  The images were scanned from the originals and processed to improve contrast by Peter McPartland.  They are reproduced here with the kind permission of Mr Geoffrey Wilkerson.

1.     The ‘Victory’ celebrations in 1919 - before the Barley War Memorial was constructed.
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2.     The unveiling of Barley War Memorial in 1919.  The ceremony was led by Mr Douglas Crossman, with the Rev. John Frome Wilkinson. 
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3.     Another view of the War Memorial unveiling ceremony. 
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4.     Wounded soldiers from a hospital at Royston being entertained in the Manor garden at Barley (1914-18). 
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5.     Wounded soldiers being entertained at Homestall (1915-16). 
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6.     Frank Sermons, taken c1909, who was ‘Butcher’s Boy’ to Harry Moulton, and who was killed in France in 1917. 
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7. A fund-raising collection, believed to be on behalf of the Red Cross for the nursing of wounded troops, being led by Miss M. Boucher (1914-18). 
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8.     The “Likely Lads”, a group of local young men, taken by a photographer named Bishop, outside the Chequers, Barley in about 1919. 
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9.     This letter, dated 10th November 1915, was written by W. Roberts, while on active service, to Miss Dorothy Wilkerson of the Hall, Barley.  The letter was posted from ‘Field Post Office 2’ (location not known).  
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Barley Cricket Club
Barley Cricket Club features in new cricket book
With the 2019 cricket World Cup taking place in England, a new cricket book features Barley CC alongside the likes of England and India!   

Still the Best Loved Game? surveys the state of English cricket through 17 matches in the 2018 season, including a match between Barley CC and Buntingford CC, to which the chapter on village cricket is devoted.   

The book also features cricket at every level, from Lord’s Test and Roses Match to women’s one-day international, Twenty20 cricket, and school and university games - making it the most wide-ranging appraisal of an English cricket season ever published.   

Still the Best Loved Game? takes its inspiration from Geoffrey Moorhouse’s 1979 classic, The Best Loved Game. However, in the forty years since that book was published, much has changed in both English cricket and in society. With major challenges facing the game - the controversy over The Hundred, the lack of free-to-air television coverage leading to dwindling audiences and participation, the disappearance of cricket from many schools, and the almost complete absence of black cricketers in the county game - the time is right for a reappraisal of the state of English cricket, from grass roots to Test level.    

The book will be of interest to anyone who likes cricket, and especially to supporters of Barley Cricket Club. Still the Best Loved Game? is published by Two Hens Press at £7.99 (paperback). It is available from Amazon and through bookshops.   
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