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Lancashire Cricketer Killed In Action


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I am looking for a photograph of the below mentioned soldier. He played first class cricket for Lancashire in 1913 and second XI cricket for them in 1914 (any additional information would also be of great help, especially information on his club side)



John Asquith Atkinson Nelson


11 Cheshire Regiment

Died 12 August 1917

Aged 28

John Asquith Atkinson Nelson was born on 28 October 1891 at Marton, Blackpool, Lancashire. He was the son of Joseph Lauckland and Margaret Nelson of 12 Cranford Avenue, Sale, Cheshire. He finally settled in Bispham, Blackpool.

He played one first class for Lancashire in the County Championship on 28 July 1913 against Warwickshire at Old Trafford. He only managed to score five and two but despite this, Lancashire went on to win by seven wickets. He also played six matches for the Lancashire seconds his highest score being 66 against Yorkshire seconds.

He was killed in action serving with the 11th battalion Cheshire Regiment near Pilckem, France on 12 August 1917. He is commemorated in the Tyne Cot Cemetery grave reference XLVIII. B.


​Any help great full received. Nigel

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He's commemorated on the Sale war memorial and the memorial at Old Trafford.

My pal, George Cogswell, owns the Trafford War Dead website and may have additional information (or at least be able to confirm if a local newspaper photo exists). The website notes that he has a photo of the grave. http://www.traffordwardead.co.uk/

Possibly the club has an archivist who may also have information.

Other than that, then the Blackpool newspapers may have carried an obituary.

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I checked the Blackpool papers this morning from 12/08/1917 until the end of December 1917 but I could not find a picture or even a report.


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Thats a drag, as he was a well known cricketer in the district you would have thought someone would have said something. Never mind thanks very much for trying its much appreciated. Nigel

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