The World War II years
[ St Albans Centennial Book (1905-2005) ]
War clouds were again looming, however, and St Albans began losing players such as Canterbury wicket-keeper Bob Webb to the First Echelon. Christmas parcels were again on the agenda, and club member E Berry earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery while serving with the Royal Air Force.
Counting those undergoing military training, it was estimated 50 per cent of the active membership was in uniform. St Albans was at first able to maintain its individual identity as army and air force sides joined the senior competition in 1940/41. News came through that Webb had been wounded and taken prisoner in the second Libyan campaign.
The player drain inevitably led to amalgamations, with West Christchurch in 1942/43 and West Old Boys in 1943/44. Sydenham had amalgamated with East Christchurch, Riccarton with Old Collegians, and Lancaster Park with Old Boys to play against four services sides.