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Major Booth

August 12 2017, 10:21 PM 

I am on holiday so can't check but I think Mick Pope's book on Booth and Drake may cover this. Booth played cricket in Yorkshire during 1915 - in Leeds Pals matches in May and June as part of recruitment drives - and in war charity matches in the second half of the season. I think the last game he played was at Pudsey St Lawrence in late September 1915 in a match in which Hobbs, Denton, Drake,Haigh, Sutcliffe, Kilmer, Dolphin, Hirst and Rhodes also appeared. The Leeds Pals and Bradford Pals may also have played each other during the summer of 1915. Whether or not they played against each other I think Booth was clearly well known and a hero to Waddington and was still a visible figure in cricket in Yorkshire in the summer before he was killed.

 
 
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Re: Major Booth

August 13 2017, 9:54 PM 

Many thanks for that, East Coast Exile.

The possibilities which you suggest are exactly the sort of detail that I anticipated might just be out there somewhere; and my hope was that a WRF member would know. It would be great if you could confirm the information when you return from holiday, which by the way, I hope is thoroughly enjoyable. The book to which you refer is still available from specialist sources, but is pricey!

 
 
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Major Booth

August 28 2017, 8:49 AM 

I promised to look up what the book on Booth and Drake by Mick Pope (Tragic White Roses) said about Booth's death and the connection with Abe Waddington. I am not sure it answers the question of whether Booth and Waddington knew each other personally.

In summary, according to reports Booth was in the first waves of troops who went over on 1 July 1916. He was in charge of number 10 machine gun team. Coming under heavy fire he made his way towards a shell hole. He was hit by a shell fragment. Immediately behind Booth and the Leeds Pals were the 1st Bradford Pals, including Waddington. He too was hit immediately by shrapnel in both legs and hands. He crawled into a shell hole, where there were dead and dying members of the Leeds pals. To his amazement, 'one of his cricketing heroes', Major Booth, was one of them. Booth passed away in the arms of Waddington. Waddington was rescued by a stretcher party, but Booth's body was not recovered for nine months.


 
 
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Re: Major Booth

August 28 2017, 11:40 AM 

East Coast Exile

Thanks for confirming that for me. I have put the book on my "wish list" as it sounds fascinating.

This has been a very interesting thread; leading to all sorts of subsidiary questions and lines of enquiry. I have really enjoyed it.

 
 
 
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