It is 100 years to the day, of William (Billy) Whittakers’ death on the 24th March 1918, when he was reported wounded and missing in action in the war.
He was such a good player that he qualifies as one of our elite performers who are in the Lowerhouse Hall of Fame as both a batsman and a bowler. He made a solitary appearance for the first team as a teenager in 1895 and by 1898 he’d nailed down a regular spot. Except for one season spells at Rishton, Ossett and Read he played at Lowerhouse right through to 1916.
We can only hope his heroism and selflessness will be remembered forever at Lowerhouse Cricket Club.
Full write up and tribute to Billy is located here, written by Paul Hargreaves in 2016.