We won! The Cricket World Cup final was this weekend and many of us gathered to watch in pubs, living rooms and even on our phones. England was hosting and England won in a thrilling match – now we can celebrate!
But 100 years ago, our cricket grounds were hosting British Red Cross hospitals instead of matches and victory celebrations.
Cricket pavilions become First World War hospitals
Cricket grounds including Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Old Trafford in Manchester and Derby’s County Ground all hosted Red Cross hospitals caring for injured WWI soldiers and sailors.
They were among more than 3,000 hospitals set up or taken over in the UK to treat the wounded during the war years of 1914 to 1918.
Some, like the Pavilion Hospital at Trent Bridge, carried on working into 1919 until the last servicemen recovered.