PETERSHAM est. 1899
Petersham District Cricket Club had the honour of having 54 of its members and former members serve in World War I. Unfortunately, four of them made the ultimate sacrifice being killed on active service while three others died of wounds and another through sickness.
The ravages of war were never more evident than the emotional turmoil and heartbreak experienced by William Seabrook who played with Petersham in 2nd and 3rd Grade in 1914-15. His three sons George (aged 25), Theo (24) and William Keith (21) (all pictured) were killed on 20 September 1917 fighting together with the 17th Battalion in a fierce battle against the Germans at Ypres, Belgium. Theo Seabrook played with his father in 3rd Grade in 1914-15 scoring 140 runs with 30 his best.
Cecil Cleary (aged 24) a 3rd Grade player between 1911 and 1914 was also killed on 20 September 1917 at Polygon Wood, Belgium, part of the Third Battle of Ypres. He was wounded three times before losing his life. His brother played with the Petersham 2nd Grade team.
Cecil Hubert Perrott (27) died in Turkey on 22 August 1915. He played with the Petersham “IV Team” in 1914-15.
Eric Neal Clamp Leggo (24), a medical student, died in France on 20 October 1918. He played for four seasons making 1st Grade in 1915-16 after taking 17 wickets at 9.17 to win the bowling average in 2nd Grade.
Edward Harold Fitzgerald, who scored 106 not out in the Petersham IV team in 1913-14 after playing in 2nd and 3rd Grade died in France of wounds received in battle as did prisoner of war Harold Albon Barry, a 28 years old tailor who set a 3rd Grade record in 1911-12 with a score of 235. Mr F Wilson, a 3rd grader in 1914-15 died of wounds received while J Smith, who played in the Petersham 1st Grade team of 1915-16 after topping the 2nd Grade averages, died of illness while on active service.
Johnny Morris Taylor was a 21 year old who played with Petersham in 1915-16 scoring a record 1st Grade aggregate of 857 for the season. He served as an artillery gunner in WW1 and when he returned he played with Gordon before going on to play 20 Tests for Australia between 1920 and 1926.
Petersham DCC’s complete Roll of Honour is as follows: Oliver O Armstrong; Clifford Armstrong; E Barnes; Harold Albon Barry; Charles A Brough; S Bruce; Frank Carwardine; Walter S Carwardine; Noel J Clark; Cecil Cleary; Leslie Norman Cock; J E Davis; H Dean; Andrew William Farnsworth; Edward Harold Fitzgerald; M J Foley; C Francis; James Verner Garner; A Gillespie; Cecil A Glassop; George S B Holmes; Albert E Harris; Reginald W Honniball; William F C Henson; J Kenney; Roderick R Kidston; Albert S Leahy; Eric Neal Clamp Leggo; C E Lloyd; C Marr; J Main; Thomas McEvoy; Henry X McGee; D Miller; E R Mitchell; Alfred W Moss; H Neil; A Newman; Jack Stuart Norton; R J Nutt; W O’Neil; Reginald J Oram; Cecil Hubert Perrott; Edgar C Preston; Alfred C Rofe; G Scott; Theo Seabrook; Keith J G Smith; J Smith; Noel Tailby; Johnny M Taylor; William H Unsworth; Arthur Wallace; F Wilson.