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2 Lt William Ward Odell MC - As a cricketer he twice bowled out WG Grace as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, before being lost without trace during the 3rd battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) on 4/10/1917.<br />
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The titanic battle and emotional rollercoaster of the present Ashes series is brought into sober perspective by the shocking revelations in a new book on the First World War that shows over 300 professional cricketers lost their lives in the brutal conflict.<br />
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Just as other sportsman of the day like footballers and rugby players were called up for duty, cricketers had to swap their whites for army uniform and serve on the Western Front.<br />
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And while England and Australia cricketers have been involved in some grudge Ashes battles on the pitch, the rival players fought alongside one another for the British Empire in the First World War.<br />
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Cricket fan, historian and author Nigel McCrery spent 18 months researching military records and cricket archives for his new book titled Final Wicket, which costs £30 from Pen and Sword.