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The Coming Storm
The Coming Storm

The story of a former Army captain from Newark who made ten first-class appearances for Leicestershire is included in a book about cricketers killed in the second world war.

Peter Cherrington’s story is in The Coming Storm: Test And First-Class Cricketers Killed In World War Two, by Nottingham author Nigel McCrery.

The book reveals each man’s career details, including cricketing statistics, and the circumstances of their death in the second world war.

Peter was born on November 24, 1917, in Newark to parents George Esam and Kate Elsie Cherrington, of Averham.

He was educated at Welling-borough where he played in the cricket first XI. He made ten first-class appearances for Leicestershire in the 1938 county championship.

During the war, Peter served with the 1st Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment, becoming a captain, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order while serving in Burma.

The regimental history detailed in the book describes his bravery: “Throughout the whole of the five days action at Budalin, Captain Cherrington has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, initiative and resource.

‘These, added to his many acts of conspicuous personal gallantry under fire and his endurance and selfless devotion to duty, have been an outstanding inspiration, not only to his Company, but to the whole Battalion, and proved a prime factor in the capture of Budalin in the face of desperate resistance.”

Peter died on January 20, 1945. He is buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery.

During the war 12 Test cricketers and 130 first-class players died, and The Coming Storms tells their stories.

Born in 1953, Nigel McCrery served in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary from 1978 to 1987.

He then read history at Trinity College, Cambridge.

He has written 12 novels and written or been responsible for a number of successful BBC series and films including Silent Witness, New Tricks and All The King’s Men.

The Coming Storm, a 344-page hardback, is published by Pen and Sword Military.

It is out now with a recommended retail price of £25.


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