A fascinating new book from Nigel McCrery - creator of Silent Witness and author of Into Touch: Rugby Internationals Killed in the Great War details those cricketers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
When war broke out early in the 20th century, in England at least, cricket was the national game and cricketers were sporting icons.
Hundreds of them answered the call to arms in 1914 but sadly many of them never returned.
McCrery has researched more than 200 top-class players, those who were British and those from the British Empire including Australians and Indians.
The enormity and the horror and wholesale loss of life during The Great War is well demonstrated by the book and its biographies of these players.
Born in 1953, Nigel McCrery travelled extensively during his childhood as his father was in the RAF, until they eventually settled in Nottingham.
He served in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary between 1978 and 1987. He then read History at Trinity College, Cambridge and joined the BBC graduate entry course.
He has written or been responsible for a number of highly successful BBC series and films including Silent Witness, New Tricks and All The King’s Men.
He has written over a dozen novels. Into Touch - Rugby Players Killed in The Great War is in also print with Pen & Sword Military.
Price: £30 / $49.95
Pages: 496 Trim: 234x156
Published: July, 2015