ON July 24, 1914, a group of solicitors and auctioneers gathered in Colchester’s Castle Park for a game of cricket.
Four days later the First World War broke out and many of those that played joined the Armed Forces.
Solicitor Mr A E Sparling did not return.
Next month, 100 years to the day, a rematch will be held to raise money for soldiers’ charity the ABF and the Rob George Foundation.
The foundation was set up in memory of talented young cricketer Rob George, 21, a former Colchester Royal Grammar School pupil, who died of leukaemia in December.
Rob’s father Philip George, former managing partner at Birkett Long, will play in the match.
A photograph from the 1914 match has pride of place in the offices of Colchester solicitors GoodyBurrett.
Bryan Johnston, managing partner, who commanded an infantry company during the first Gulf War, decided a replay was a great way to raise as much money as possible for charity.
He rallied the troops, including many firms represented 100 years ago, and organised the Anniversary Auctioneers and Valuers versus Solicitors Cricket Match.
It takes place on Thursday, July 24, at Colchester Cricket Club, in Lower Castle Park at 3pm.
Money will be raised through donations for souvenir programmes, a bar, barbecue and raffle.
Organisers are seeking raffle prizes and businesses wishing to buy half or full page adverts in the programme. If you want to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org
See Wednesday's Gazette for more.