Tribute to war heroes

CRICKETING servicemen who lost their lives in the First World War will be commemorated with a ‘unique’ service on Remembrance Sunday.

Six members of Wickham St Paul’s village cricket team died in combat and in 1919, at the request of then-church warden Frank Knott, the cricket pitch was relaid as a memorial to them.

This year, church reader Beryl Knight, 82, is organising an outdoor service on the pitch, which has been maintained as the war memorial ever since.

She said: “It is a unique thing and we have never had a service on the green before.

“There are only four people I know of in the village who have come through the Second World War and are still with us and I’m going to ask all of them to be involved in the service.”

The service will start at 10.50am on Sunday, November 13 on the green in Wickham St Paul.