Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Eton vs. Haverford, 1896
The Duke of Wellington said "The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton." Whatever the truth there was in this, many of his countrymen believed it. Sports, particularly team sports, cricket and football, were considered essential to a young man's education. A boy at Eton, Harrow, or Rugby faced punishment if he did not participate.
Many British officers, such as Kipling's friend General Dunterville ("Stalky"), believed that they had a special rapport with their men, unknown in other countries
Stoddard, W.H. (2000) - Gurps Steampunk, pg. 53, SJG:Austin
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I have included a few photos of my cricket-playing days..
Walking off the pitch, after suffering an indignity as
Caledon lost yet another test, 239/6!
Photo at Eton, for the scrapbook!
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