A former Leicestershire cricketer killed in the Battle of the Somme is among those being honoured in a new Royal British Legion Remembrance campaign. William Odell, a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, played for the county before dying 100 years ago in the infamous First World War battle, aged 35. Before the war he was a celebrated bowler who twice got the legendary WG Grace caught out and also disposed of Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for a duck. In 193 first class matches he scored 3,368 runs and took 737 wickets. Military Cross  The son of a Leicester Methodist minister, he won a Military Cross at Passchendaele where he showed “coolness and courage” on the battlefield three weeks before his death in October 1916. Odell was shot in the chest by a sniper during an assault in which his battalion – despite having lost all its officers – captured a machine gun post and stopped a German advance. The stories of Odell and 99 others have published online by the Royal British Legion in an effort to inspire the nation’s professional and amateur sporting organisations and individuals to unite in Remembrance activities to mark the battle’s centenary. Sport Remembers James Goodwin from The Royal British Legion said:”The Battle of the Somme is the costliest in British history.”It symbolises the waste and the tragedy of the entire First World War. “Its losses were felt particularly deeply by sport. “With sport in the UK suspended for the war, athletes and players served and fell in great numbers at the Somme. “The Royal British Legion is calling on sports at all levels, both amateur and professional, to commemorate their contribution. “Sport has the ability to touch every community and we hope that Sport Remembers will unite our nation in ensuring their sacrifice is never forgotten.” Sport Suspended The Battle of the Somme, from July 1 to November 18, 1916, was the worst battle of the First World War for the British. In just one day – July 14, 1916 – 295 men from Leicestershire and Rutland were killed. To aid the war effort, virtually all professional sport had been suspended and athletes and players from sports at all levels had volunteered to enlist – sometimes en masse as an entire team and its supporters. The 100 Sportsmen of the Somme campaign is being backed by sportsmen and women including former Leicester and England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE. The legion has released a free Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016 toolkit for those holding a commemorative event, including a souvenir pennant. To read all the stories and access the toolkit click here