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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Jun 2008 19:17    Onderwerp: Football Battalion WW1 Reageer met quote

Football Battalion WW1

During World War One WW1, there were a number of "Pal's Battalions" . including two English Football battalions.

A "pal's battalion" was comprised of soldiers raised in the same locality or at the same occupation, who the Army agreed would serve with their friends for the duration of the war.

There were two Football Battalion's in England (and this is not including the Sportsmen's Battalion)

17th Duke of Cambridge's Own Battalion (1st Football), the Middlesex Regiment Formed in London on 12 December 1914, by Rt-Hon. W. Joynson Hicks, MP. July 1915 : attached to 100th Brigade, 33rd Division. 8 December 1915 : transferred to 6th Brigade, 2nd Division. 10 February 1918 : disbanded in Belgium.

23rd (Service) Battalion (2nd Football), the Middlesex Regiment Formed in London on 29 June 1915, by Rt-Hon. W. Joynson Hicks, MP. November 1915 : attached to 123rd Brigade, 41st Division.

Clapton Orient (now Leyton Orient) was the first English Football League club to enlist together. Following the example of club captain, Fred Parker, around 40 players and staff volunteered. Leading goal-scorers Richard McFadden and William Jonas were amongst those killed during the Battle of the Somme.

WALES 14th (Service) Battalion (Swansea), the Welsh Regiment. Formed at Swansea, October 1914, by the Mayor and Corporation and the Swansea Football and Cricket Club. November 1914 : attached to 129th Brigade, 43rd Division. 28 April 1915 : formation became the 114th Brigade, 38th Division.

SCOTLAND The 16th (Service) Battalion (2nd Edinburgh) was known variously as Sir George McCrae's Battalion or "McCrae's Own" or, locally, as "Hearts Battalion". The entire Heart of Midlothian first team joined up in November 1914. Hearts were top of the Scottish League at the time.

Third Lanark, Heart of Midlothian his particular battalion (16/Royal Scots) was formed from players and supporters of Heart of Midlothian FC. McCrae himself was the local MP and he did serve with the battalion for a small period. Famous Scottish Football Club Third Lanark joined the Third Lanark Riflemen Volunteers

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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Apr 2010 20:10    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

FOOTBALLER'S MEMORIAL
Posted on: 13.04.2010

Clubs from across The Football league are staging bucket collections in aid of a planned new memorial dedicated to the memory of the 17th and 23rd Middlesex Battalions - The Footballer's Battalions.

Created in 1914 and 1915 respectively, The Footballer's Battalions allowed amateur players, officials and football fans to serve alongside their favourite players during the First World War.

Over 1,000 from the units died during the conflict, but despite the bravery of the Battalions - which included stars of the day such as Frank Buckley, Walter Tull and Joe Mercer - there is no memorial in the UK or on the Western Front recognising their sacrifices.

And in order to fund a memorial, Phil Stant, the Football League's Youth Development Officer for the Midlands - a former soldier himself - is spearheading The Football League backed campaign by encouraging clubs to hold collections.

"The men that died in that Battalion have no memorial; there is nothing physical thanking them for the sacrifices they made," said Stant.

"It is important that we raise money for this project and I am delighted that Football League Clubs have decided to participate and I would like to thank them and their supporters for their efforts."

So far, Sheffield Wednesday, Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Peterborough United have held collections during home games.

And with Leyton Orient, Queens Park Rangers, Brighton & Hove Albion and Walsall all set to do the same over the coming weeks, fans will prove a vital tool in raising the £10,000 needed for a memorial.

"It is fantastic that the Footballers' Battalions will have a memorial on the Western Front after all these years," said Andrew Riddoch, co-author of 'When the Whistle Blows: The Story of the Footballers' Battalion in the Great War'.

"The game of football owes these men a tremendous debt. The officers and men of the 17th and 23rd Middlesex answered not just the call of their country, but also that of their game in its hour of need, and I am delighted that The Football League is playing such a pivotal role in ensuring that the story of these brave men will be kept alive for future generations."

FOOTBALLER'S BATTALION COLLECTION
Posted on: Wed 14 Apr 2010

On Saturday, QPR will hold a bucket collection in aid of a planned new memorial dedicated to the memory of the 17th Middlesex Battalion - The Footballers Battalion.

Terry Springett, Assistant Club Secretary at Loftus Road, and several of the young players at the Club will be positioned around the ground before and during Saturday's game against Cardiff City to take donations from fans.

Currently, there is no memorial in the UK or on the Western Front recognising the sacrifices made by the Footballer's Battalions - two units of professional footballers almost completely wiped out during the First World War.

Enlisted players included, Nottingham Forest and Tranmere Rovers attacking centre-half, Joe Mercer, Manchester United and Liverpool winger Jackie Sheldon and Northampton Town's Walter Tull.

QPR captain Martin Rowlands said: "The Footballer's Battalions - like many before them and since - made the ultimate sacrifice, and as captain of QPR I am delighted to see the Club supporting the planned memorial in their honour.

"I hope, through increased awareness and funding, we can commemorate their incredible efforts."

Phil Stant, Football League Youth Development Officer (Midlands), who is spearheading the campaign, backed by The Football League, for a memorial, said: "The men that died in that Battalion have no memorial; there is nothing physical thanking them for the sacrifices they made.

"It is important that we raise money for this project and I am delighted that QPR have decided to participate and I would like to thank them and their supporters in advance for their efforts."

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