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oldun
November 7, 2014, 12:05pm Report to Moderator

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I have just come across a notice in The News of the World & Empire Newspaper dated 1st October 1916.
It reads:

" Mr Sid Wheelhouse, the well known Captain of Grimsby Town Football Club, who was a Lance Corporal in the Footballers Battalion, has died after being gassed while serving at the front"

The great war touched everyone. I never knew there was a Footballers Battalion.
As we approach Remembrance Sunday, in addition to remembering all the fallen, spare a thought for Sid.
Anyone know any more about Sid or the Battalion?
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I think the club are doing something for Tuesdays game v Halifax to remember all the fallen but with a special feature on ex players who lost their lives
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Lots of books available about the Footballers' Battalion. Try "When The Whistle Blows".

Here's a CA article about Wheelhouse from 5 years ago:

http://www.codalmighty.com/site/ca.php?article=46
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Lots of books available about the Footballers' Battalion. Try "When The Whistle Blows".

Here's a CA article about Wheelhouse from 5 years ago:

http://www.codalmighty.com/site/ca.php?article=46


Thanks very interesting
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Thanks very interesting


And very sad too  
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It's amazing you found this in the NOTW amongst the stories based on the interceptions of soldier's homing pigeons.
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Lots of books available about the Footballers' Battalion. Try "When The Whistle Blows".

Here's a CA article about Wheelhouse from 5 years ago:

http://www.codalmighty.com/site/ca.php?article=46


Thanks for that ma ringer.v interesting. For those interested in this period, or local history,the grimsby chums have a fascinating and moving history. So utterly futile and do many unnecessary lives lost. Plenty of links on Google which put our present lives and worries into perspective
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