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An Ordnance Corps officer takes guard, 1858 (c)

Photograph, 1858 (c).

Keeping troops occupied and out of trouble was a constant headache for the authorities. Eager to distract men from drink and prostitutes, senior Army officers recommended a range of leisure activities, including cricket. Cricket was thought to embody certain 'English virtues' such as strength, persistence, courage, leadership, camaraderie and sportsmanship. Such were the supposed moral and character-building powers of the game that in 1841 General Sir Rowland Hill, Commander in Chief of the British Army, ordered that a cricket ground be built in every military barracks in the country.

From a photograph album of 100 photographs, 'Officers of the Ordnance Corps 1858-1859', 1858-1859.

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NAM. 1984-07-9-79


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