Last week’s Ask Steven on Cricinfo had this interesting tidbit.
“Good Lord! This means war!” What event in 1939 apparently convinced an MCC member that the Second World War had begun? asked Mike Jones from Chelmsford
The story goes that one day in September 1939, some members in the Long Room at Lord’s spotted a workman removing the bust of WG Grace that used to be on display there, intending to put it into safe storage. According to the member you’ve quoted, that could only mean one thing: the Second World War had started.