Cricket Ball Memorial to Albert 'Tibby' Cotter

Historical note: 

This ball was bowled by Tibby Cotter in the 1904 test match between Australia and England, in which he bowled six Englishmen for 40 runs. The cricket ball, which bears Cotter's signature, was turned into a memorial to him after he was killed in action in the First World War.

Materials: 
Leather, Cotton Stitching, Silver Base, Enamel
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes: 
Sport
Personal story
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Eastern Front
Story: 
Albert 'Tibby' Cotter
Engraved: 
ALBERT COTTER 12th L Horse Killed in Action 31st October 1917 In his 34th Year

On this day

On this day
26 March

1917 — First Battle of GAZA began. This was the first Allied attempt to capture this major Turkish centre 32km inside the border of PALESTINE. Two Australian Light Horse Brigades, the ANZAC Mounted Division, and the Imperial Camel Corps were involved in the battle

1917 — CAPT P. CHERRY, a GALLIPOLI veteran, won a Victoria Cross at LAGNICOURT, France. Despite facing strong opposition, Cherry organised machine-gun and bombing parties to progress his company’s attack after all of the Officers became casualties. He was killed during this action. The Victoria Cross and the Military Medal he had won earlier were presented posthumously. There were 1010 Australian casualties, including 300 taken prisoner in this battle