Queensland Premier Cricket men’s and women’s games in First, Second Grade and Lord’s Taverners competitions will mark Remembrance Day, with particular recognition held for the Queensland cricketers involved in Australia’s conflicts.
Four first-class Queensland players are recorded to have given their lives in the First World War, with countless others having served in subsequent conflicts.
Charlie Adamson, an accomplished sportsman who played cricket for Durham and rugby for the British Isles, spent time in Brisbane where he represented Valley District Cricket Club before playing one first-class match for Queensland in 1899. He was a member of the Royal Scots Fusiliers in the British Army and died in Greece in 1918.
Alan Marshal played 119 first-class games for Queensland and Surrey and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1909. Marshal served in Gallipoli and died at age 32 of typhoid while on duty in Malta in 1915.
Hubert Smith played three matches for Queensland between 1911-1913. He was a member of the 15th Australian Infantry Battalion and was killed in action in France in June 1917, aged 26. He is buried in the war graves in Flanders Field.
George Poeppel played one first-class match for Queensland in 1915. He was a Private in Australia’s 15th Australian Infantry Battalion and died at age 23 in France in 1917.
Cricket’s contribution to Australian service is not limited to those who would not return.
Bill Brown, widely as one of Queensland and Australia’s finest opening batsmen, served in New Guinea and the Philippines as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II.
Ernie played 37 first-class matches for Queensland after surviving the sinking of the HMAS Perth by the Japanese and then slaving with other Prisoners of War to construct the Thai-Burma railway during World War II. contribution to cricket included a long-standing association with Northern Suburbs District Cricket Club and a stint as a Queensland selector.
Queensland Cricket Association Life Member Ken Mossop played for Queensland prior to enlisting in the RAAF during WWII. He continued his involvement with cricket with Valley DCC and as a Queensland Cricket administrator.
Queensland fast-bowler Tony Dell is the only Test cricketer to have served in the Vietnam War. Having been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following his time in Vietnam, Dell launched the PTS Foundation Limited- a foundation that assists soldiers and other people who suffer from PTSD.
Cricket’s association with service is not unique to our sport alone, and alongside all Australians, we will mark and remember those who have fought for our freedom at 11am on the 11th of November.