Southborough Cricket Club News story

Cricket during World War II (players)

10 May 2020

Unlike during the Great War, cricket on Southborough Common continued with little interruption throughout the war years though there were clearly some effects. By the time of the 1942 season AGM, held in March ’43, 28 members of the Club were serving with H.M. Forces.

The club did gain some members, as not all local clubs were able to continue during the war so playing numbers remained healthy and sides could be raised.

The Club also suffered losses from the war with the passing of Harold Fisher on active service with the RAF being recorded in the 1944 AGM minutes. It was reported that he was a popular and active member of the Club. Another loss was Ken Eames - actually a Bidborough CC player, he turned out for the Club during the war.

In among this sadness there was some positive news with J. S. Burns receiving both the Military Medal and also the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his role in rescuing a wounded comrade from the enemy.