In memory of Captain Hedley Verity, injured in Sicily. Taken POW, buried at Caserta. Pre-war, Yorkshire and England slow left arm bowler.
The ruth and truth you taught have come full circle On that fell island all whose history lies, Far now from Bramhall Lane and far from Scarborough You recollect how foolish are the wise.
On this great ground more marvellous than Lord's - Time takes more spin than nineteen thirty four - You face at last that Bradman-shaming Batsman whose cuts obey no natural law.
Run up again, as gravely smile as ever, Veer without fear your left unlucky arm In His so dark direction, but no length However lovely can disturb the harm That is His style, defer the winning drive Or shake the crowd from their uproarious calm.
Drummond Allison was born in 1921, at Caterham in Surrey. Educated at Bishop's Stortford College, Herts and at Queen's College, Oxford. Attended Sandhurst 1942. Commissioned in the East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action on the Garigliano in Italy - 2 December 1943 (aged 22).