Baseball game in Folkestone commemorates British and Canadian links during First World War

Contributed by editor on Jun 18, 2019 - 08:55 AM

The spectators enjoy the game in the sun Photo: Ray Duff


By Ray Duff

Scores of local people gathered at Folkestone's Three Hills Sports ground last weekend to watch a game of baseball commemorating the Canada/Britain matches which took place in World War One between 1915 and 1919.

The event, organized by Andrew Taylor and the Folkestone Baseball Chronicle Group, was opened by Folkestone Town Mayor Cllr Jackie Meade who welcomed the teams and spectators to the match and received a commemorative T shirt. Also attending was Cllr Ann Berry, Chair of Folkestone & Hythe District Council.

Buccaneer batsman awaits Canadian pitcher  Photo: Ray Duff

Spectators, some with picnics, spread out around the ground; and the event was complemented by the attendance of some WW1 Living Re-Enactors and items from the period including uniforms and artefacts.

WW1 Living Re-enactors  Photo: Ray Duff

The game between the CANUK 'Warriors', made up of serving representatives from all of the Canadian forces based in the UK and the Buccaneers Baseball Travel Team from Britain.

The game, featuring nine sessions took around three hours to complete, was played with good humour by all.

With a fair number of hits and many misses with the bat it was adjudged a great success by everyone attending and it's hoped to set up further matches in the future.

L-R Sean Galligan (Consort), Folkestone Mayor Cllr Jackie Meade, Organiser Andrew Taylor, local historian Alan Taylor  Photo: Ray Duff

The event was held to coincide with an exhibition at Folkestone Museum about the original Canada/Britain baseball team events locally and across the country and near the front line during WW1.

The exhibition runs until 24 June.

Team Canada were Capt Yvan Shank, Brigadier General Lowell Thomas, Commander Corey Bursey, Petty officer 1st lass Chris McBride, Major Daniel Martimbeault, Warrant Officer Chris Anderson Master Corporal Peter Mitchell, Capt Elizabeth Poulin, Corporal Sylvian Coulombe, Lieut Colonel James Price, Corporal Michel Ferland, Petty Officer 2nd Class Josee Sulyma and Capt Brandon McCool.

For the Buccaneers team were Jon Cater, Bruce Webb, Ryan Turtill, Louise Ryan, James Moran, Ross Pressnell, Colin Varrell, Keiron Peskett, Rob Bristow, Tin Corby, Luke Cook, Rob Osbourne and Trent Nash.

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