Following up our previous post, here is a photograph of the cricket team that both A. A. Milne and P. G. Wodehouse were members of.
Founded by Peter Pan creator Sir James M. Barrie, some of the other teammates reads off like a roll call of Edwardian England’s most famous authors, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, H. G. Wells, and Jerome K. Jerome. The Allakahbarries (Allah akbar meaning “Heaven help us” in Arabic), played from 1890 until 1913, when World War I brought an end to the team.
[Pictured: Back row from left to right: E. W. Hornung, E. V. Lucas, P. G.Wodehouse, J. C. Smith, G. Charne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Hesketh-Hesketh Prichard, L. D. Luard, C. M. Q. Orchardson, Leonard Charles Nightingale, A. Kinross. Front row from left to right: C. Gascoyne, Shan F. Bullock, G. Hillyard Swinstead, Reginald Blomfield, the Hon. W. J. James, Edwin Austin Abbey, Albert Chevalier Taylor, J. M. Barrie, George Cecil Ives, George Spencer Watson. Sitting on ground: A. E. W. Mason]