Kiama Cavaliers remember their cricketers sent to war

UNITED: Kiama Cricket Club's Brendan Barr leads the Remembrance Day ceremony before Riverina and Central Coast contest the NSW Country Championships at Kiama on Saturday.

UNITED: Kiama Cricket Club's Brendan Barr leads the Remembrance Day ceremony before Riverina and Central Coast contest the NSW Country Championships at Kiama on Saturday.

Kiama Cricket Club were proud to mark Armistice Day ahead of the NSW Country Championships match between Riverina and Central Coast on Saturday.

The club acknowledged three Kiama Cricket Club members, Richard McDonald, Norman McClintock and Aubrey McClintock, who served in WWI and who also played cricket in the years prior to enlisting and serving our country.

Richard McDonald played cricket for Kiama from 1908-13. He was a young aboriginal man assigned to the 1st Battalion in May 1916 and finally went into the war. He was wounded by a gunshot to his abdomen and died on July 1916, age 33.  He is buried in Warloy-Baillon cemetery in France.

Norman McClintock and Aubrey McClintock were brothers who played cricket for Kiama between 1907-10.

Norman suffered numerous wounds and mustard gas attacks and returned home in 1918. When he stepped off the train at Kiama in November 1918, he was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers, a band and welcoming words from the mayor.

Aubrey was captured while fighting against Germany. His twenty months in captivity changed him, mentally and physically. Sadly, probably as a result of the ravages of diseases caught in the war and his POW internment, he died suddenly at the age of 32.

The men all were popular among their teammates and across the district. 

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