Players killed in conflict

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  1. summerisle

    summerisle I love a bit of faux outrage in the morning Player Thread Sponsor Forum Supporter

    Hope to visit the battlefields of WW1 in the next couple of years ; if possible will make a point of visiting some of the graves.


    Blues To Remember War Heroes
    Research has shown that 15 footballers registered with the club died during the First or Second World War.

    The graves and memorials of these players are scattered across the globe and we are encouraging supporters to show their respect by visiting these locations whenever feasible.

    We would like to acknowledge each and every player in a memorial photo gallery to be included on our official website and in the official club magazine ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the first conflict.

    Lifelong Evertonian, Chris Bent, came up with the idea: “To the best of my knowledge we would be the first cub to acknowledge the players in this way. There are Evertonians all over the world and if we can collate images from every grave or memorial then it will be a unique and lasting tribute.”

    Here is a list of the players who died in action and the location of their grave or memorial site.



    Date Died

    Location of grave/memorial

    Private Frederick Collinson

    Lancashire Fusiliers 1st/5th Battalion

    15 May 1915

    Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey

    Corporal Harry Fitzroy Norris

    King’s Liverpool Regiment 11th Battalion

    26 August 1915

    Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium

    Corporal Thomas Gracie

    Royal Scots 16th Battalion

    23 October 1915

    Glasgow Craigton Cemetery, Scotland

    Private David Murray

    11th Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders

    10 December 1915

    Dud Corner Memorial, Loos, France

    Private Frank Docherty

    25th Tyneside Irish, Northumberland Fusiliers

    1 July 1916

    Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

    Lance Corporal Leigh Richmond Roose

    Royal Fusiliers

    7 October 1916

    Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

    Private Donald Sloan

    Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

    1 January 1917

    Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France

    Private James Roy

    Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

    24 April 2017

    Faubourg D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras, France

    Lance Corporal Wilfred Toman

    Kings (Liverpool Regimant)

    2 May 1917

    Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension, France

    Private James Brannick

    Lancashire Fusiliers

    10 August 1917

    Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium

    Lance Corporal William Read

    Black Watch 2nd Battalion (Royal Highlanders)

    30 May 1941

    Athens Memorial, Phaleron, Greece

    Leading Aircraft-Man Thomas Robson

    RAF Volunteer Reserve

    10 April 1942

    Kirkdale Cemetery, Liverpool

    Sergeant Alfred Penlington

    RAF Volunteer Reserve

    18 April 1943

    Malta Memorial, Floriana, Valetta, Malta

    Leading Aircraft-Man Brian Atkins

    RAF Volunteer Reserve

    22 April 1944

    Cassino War Cemetery, Cassino, Italy

    Pilot Officer William Sumner

    RAF Volunteer Reserve

    22 May 1944

    Madras War Cemetery, Chennai, India
  2. gerryandtheRedhaters

    gerryandtheRedhaters Player Valuation: £1.5m

    Possibly the best thread I've ever read on here.

    We are ace aren't we.
  3. maccavennie

    maccavennie Player Valuation: £70m Forum Supporter

    I've been to Thiepval 3 times in the Somme mate ( my great grandad was a Lancashire Fusilier who unfortunately had trenchfoot and passed away ) so next time I'm over I will be sure to take a look for these graves. Very surreal place and insane to think how many people lost their lives when you are standing there just looking over these hills.
  4. royalblue66

    royalblue66 Player Valuation: £70m

    Wow really got to me that list.
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  5. summerisle

    summerisle I love a bit of faux outrage in the morning Player Thread Sponsor Forum Supporter

  6. peteblue

    peteblue Welcome back Wayne

    I'd rather none had died and just seen a list of players who fought for their country and lived........
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  7. arch stanton

    arch stanton Player Valuation: £20m Forum Supporter

    I know none of the ex players but the war grave sites are quite moving places. Still impeccably kept by the local populations and the scale of the deaths is staggering.
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  8. 4737carlin

    4737carlin Player Valuation: £70m

    There is a memorial stone at Goodison with these guys names on, use to be near the box office but not sure where it is now, maybe Near Dixie Dean?
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  9. Bluebonic

    Bluebonic Player Valuation: £10m

    Well if anybody deserves some permanent memorial at BMD it is these lads? We all refer to Dixie, Bally etc. as heroes, but it cheapens the word when you see what these lads gave for us. The man in my avatar lost a lerge part of his playing career to serve his country but he came back safe and sound, where these poor lads did not.

    I would love to see that I would, a proper war memorial, to Everton players who gave their lives, based on the docks that took such a pounding in WW2, it would be so fitting!
  10. billytoffee

    billytoffee Player Valuation: £15m

    Great post mate! I've been lucky enough to pay my respects at quite a number of those places and it simply hadn't dawned on me that there were Everton players in them.
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  11. Toast

    Toast Player Valuation: £70m

    The movie Dunkirk is out this week. Different war I know, but the sentiments are the same.
    My grandad. The biggest blue in the history of the planet ( in my eyes ) was on the beaches.
    He played in goal for the Army cup winning team during WWII alongside some very well known faces.
    Hope your trip goes well.
  12. Toast

    Toast Player Valuation: £70m

  13. Toast

    Toast Player Valuation: £70m

    There you go.
    World war 2 could have been stopped early if Adolf knew he was taking these boys on.
  14. Gladystweet

    Gladystweet Player Valuation: £60m

    Some big hitters there. Which one is he?
  15. Gladystweet

    Gladystweet Player Valuation: £60m

    Goalie top?
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