Why cricket is important!!!!!
- 1812 Listmembers:
I came across this gem during some research at the Imperial War
Museum some years ago. It is a letter written by Lieut. H. Sackville
Lawson, 3rd July, 1917 Royal Field Artillery. It was written to the
Headmaster of his old school, Buxton:
"I've got one thing in particular to say - just the main thing we've
talked about together in its different bearings in the past - just one
important thing that keeps life sweet and clean and gives peace of
mind. It is a Christian thing, and it is a British thing. It is what
the Bible teaches. It is what the martyrs suffered in persecution for.
It soon found root in England and began not only to fill the land, but
to spread abroad and to become the heritage of the empire. It is the
story of the Crusaders, and of the Reformation, of the downfall of the
power of Spain, of our colonization, of the destruction of Napoleon's
might, of the abolition of slavery and of the coming awakening of
Germany (i/.e their defeat RH). The thing is simply this - Playing the
game for the game's sake."
Now we can see how Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton and
countless other schools. The game is always a metaphor for the culture.
CO 41st Regt.