THE Museum of North Craven Life is hoping to create an historic cricket match from more than a century ago.

It wants to re-enact a match that was played out on the Western Front during the First World War.

Both teams came from Yorkshire and represented two companies of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

Museum administrator, Glen Preston, said: "We are all familiar with the football match played at Christmas 1914 between the British and German soldiers in no man's land, but perhaps less well known is the cricket match played out just behind the firing lines on rough ground, complete with shell holes, between two burned-out farmhouses.

"In June 1915, the Craven Herald received a report from a lance corporal at the front of just such a match. It describes a gathering of supporters, including some airplanes. C company's team, with players from Settle and Guiseley, trounced the Skipton men of A company 97 runs to 22."

Now the museum – based at The Folly in Settle – wants to recreate the match at Settle Cricket Club on June 12, and has issued an invitation to descendants of those men who played in June 1915.

Two of the original players were Lance Corporal JM Morphet and Lance Corporal A Parker, who played for Settle and were part of the winning Ribblesdale League team in 1914.

Both men played in the C Company side, along with Pte H Claughton, Pte HM Claughton, Pte Patterson, Pte Chas Parker, Lieut Whitaker, Lieut Geldard, Pte F Close, Pte J Cardus, Lance Corporal Denison and Pte C Peachy.

Their opponents were Pte Burgess, Pte Rimmer, Pte Drummond, Lance Corporal Ireland, Pte Petty, Pte Kaye, Pte J Smith, Pte Walton, Lieut EJC Supple, Pte N Smith, Lance Corporal Lambert.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Anne Read via e-mail at or on 015242 51388.