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On A Foreign Field

2014 marked 100 years since the beginning of World War One, bringing with it a range of commemorative activities to mark the anniversary.

At the New Zealand Cricket Museum we focused our research on the First-Class cricketers involved in WWI. Their stories are presented here as part of our exhibition, On A Foreign Field.

Lieutenant Hāmi Grace of Wellington

The short life of Thomas “Hāmi” Grace is very much the stuff of legend. The word “brave” seems to have been invented for him,...

Second Lieutenant Hickmott of Christchurch

Rupert Hickmott was one of only two New Zealand cricket representatives to be killed in World War One. Wisden wrote, after his death at...

From Leonard to Harry: the Cave family legacy

When Harry Cave was selected to play Test cricket for New Zealand in 1949, he was fulfilling the promise of an entire family, a...

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas of Timaru

Charles Thomas appears to have loved sport, playing cricket for South Canterbury but making his mark as an administrator in the early years of...

Second Lieutenant Howe of Wellington

'Gillie' Howe represented Wellington in 1912 and 1914, playing five First Class and two 'miscellaneous' games for them. Two of his matches for Wellington...

Rifleman Bryden of Dunedin

Of Scottish descent, Thomas James Bryden (“Jim”) played two Plunket Shield matches for Otago. The first, against Canterbury at Lancaster Park in March 1913,...