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Help us trace the relatives of former player Major Booth

— 8 July 2014

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is urgently seeking to contact the surviving relatives of four former England cricketers who died while serving their country in World War One. Their deaths will be commemorated at the Investec Test Match between England and India at Southampton in August.

If you are related to either of the cricketers listed below, please contact Andrew Walpole, ECB’s Head of Corporate Communications on 02074321252 or via email

Colin Blythe (Kent and England) Born 1879, Deptford, Kent – died near Passchendaele in 1917.

Major William Booth (Yorkshire and England) Born 1886, Lowtown Pudsey, Yorkshire – died at the battle of the Somme in 1916.

Kenneth Hutchings (Kent and England) Born 1882, Southborough, Kent – died at Ginchy, France in 1916.

Leonard Moon (Middlesex and England) Born Kensington, London 1878 – died near Salonica, Greece in 1916.

  • Major Booth (fourth from the left on the back row) with his Yorkshire colleagues.