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
24 May

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