Kind-hearted cricket club members have raised more than £10,000 for the Royal British Legion to remember fallen World War One heroes.

Penn Street Cricket Club members took part in a commemorative walk around the war cemeteries of Ypres to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, raising £1,755 for the RBL.

It comes after 14 cyclists from the club cycled to Ypres in July 2014 in memory of Frederick Wingrove, the son of one the founders of the club, who was killed at the third Battle of Ypres in 1917 aged 21, whose name can be found on the village’s war memorial.

His name is immortalised at the Menin Gate, where the cyclists, arriving on August 4, 2014, participated in the 100th anniversary commemorative service of the Start of WWI.

At the time, the cricket club raised more than £10,000 for two charities, of which £8,500 was donated to the Poppy Appeal. Together with the £1,755 raised so far this year, the club has raised more than £10,000 for the RBL.

This year, the members arrived in Ypres on October 25, not realising their club’s flag, borne by Mark Lander (a distant relative of Mr Wingrove) would be held centre stage as the only standard at the remembrance service.

Spokesman Richard Spooner said: “The Penn Street Flag fluttered gently in the breeze as the last post was solemnly played in homage to the thousands who were never found.

“This was an incredibly proud moment for the club, as such an honour had never been expected.”

And on October 26, 22 members of the club – the youngest aged three and the oldest in their 70s – took part in the walk around eight of the principal cemeteries of the Ypres battlefields.

Leaving at 8.30am from the Menin Gate, the group walked to Hellfire Corner, one of the most dangerous places on the Western Front, continued onto the Hooge Crater Museum and trooped past Black Watch corner, where the German advance of 1914 was halted by a battalion of the Black Watch.

The group then went through the “murderous” Polygon Wood while passing other tributes, and went onto the Tyne Cot cemetery, the Brooding Soldier memorial and Langemark - the only German cemetery in Ypres - as part of their trek.

Mr Spooner added: “Resting at the end of a 14-mile trek to pay homage to the fallen of the First World War, the group quietly contemplated on what it had seen and for all it was a humbling experience.

“The walk is a fitting end to our journey of homage to the sacrifice of many who suffered the horrors of that terrible war, and in many ways also to those who have suffered in subsequent wars.

“May their suffering never be forgotten.”

The club's president Ian Jones said: “Our village cricket club earned the accolade as 'the little club with a big heart' at the turn of the century, raising over £100,000 for disabled children.

“Since then our club has been involved in several charity fundraising projects.

“Our most recent charity project, 100 not out, has been another most rewarding chapter in our club’s rich history.”

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